These Star Wars Cosplays Are Stellar

We asked readers, friends and family to send us their best Star Wars cosplays to be featured on May the 4th.

They responded with these absolutely breathtaking photos! We asked them to include:
their name, which Star Wars character they are cosplaying ( character or original), their favorite Star Wars quote, and what/who inspires you in the Star Wars universe and why.

Madeline Garcia

Star Wars Cosplay: Jyn Erso from Rogue One

Favorite Star Wars Quote: This is a new day, a new beginning - Ahsoka Tano

I think all the women from the Star Wars universe are inspiring in their own way. They all possess courage, strength, vulnerability and wit along with intelligence. They're all determined and hard working which is something so important to have and something I strive to be.

Photographer: Erik Trujillo

JusZ Cosplay

Star Wars Cosplay : Rey

Favorite Star Wars Quote: "Into the garbage shoot, flyboy!"

From diplomacy with a blaster to leading a Rebellion and then a Resistance, she shows how strength manifests in different ways and that there is no better way to bring down an oppressor than by the chains they themselves put on you. No one else could take the loss she has endured and not only persevered but come out the other side stronger.

Photography Credits: Steamkittens and Charlotte Nicholson Photography

M Blackburn

Star Wars Cosplay : Sabine Wren

Favorite Star Wars Quote: "I'm the one with enthusiasm!"

The overriding narrative of hope in the Star Wars Universe is consistently inspiring, that good will triumph over evil and that things will get better someday.

Lizzie Bickel

Star Wars Cosplay: Wicket the Ewok

Favorite Star Wars Quote: Yub Nub (what Wicket says in the movie)

Wicket because hes cute, cuddley, small and fights the bad Stormtroopers in the movie.
 

May the 4th Be With These Gorgeous Galactic Manicures

To celebrate May the Fourth, and in honor of the upcoming release of Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25th, we’ve collected some of our favorite Star Wars-inspired manicures. These are definitely the nails you are looking for!
 

Adorable Wars

This manicure by HandJobs by Allison is flawless. From the adorable Tsum Tsum Chewy, Han, BB8 and R2D2 to that stunning galaxy nail... These are nails skills to aspire to!

Darth Vader

Celebrate the Dark Side with this gorgeous red sparkle and black lacquer mani featuring Darth Vader himself. Those criss cross nails are on point!

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Watercolor masterpiece

It’s hard to believe that this manicure could be so detailed. Each nail is worthy of framing!
 

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Matte

Matte manis are all the rage these days, and this one certainly lives up to the hype. From Boba Fett to C-3PO, @sensationalnails4u nails it.

In a galaxy far, far away

I love nail art and imagery, but I have to admit, I’m most often enamored at good galaxy designs... and these are fantastic.

Which side are you on?

This intricately drawn manicure is an homage to both the light and dark sides. 

French manicure and more

Love these blue metallic tipped french manicure nails with R2, BB-8, Storm Trooper and Darth Vader. It is an interesting use of natural nail to showcase the artwork.

If it’s texture you’re looking for…

These Chewbacca nails may be right up your alley.

Nailed It

In case the Pinterest Fail is strong in you, there are fortunately easier options to achieve manicure perfection.

These are the stickers you’re looking for

If you’re daunted by using lacquers and polishes to create solid Star Wars imagery, stickers or wraps may be your best bet.

These nail stickers off of Etsy are cute and accomplish the art without the hassle.
 

R2D2 for you

Jamberry’s vinyl nail wraps are easy to apply with heat and last for up to two weeks. While they’ve retired their Star Wars Volume 1 wraps (including the R2D2 wrap), Volumes 2 and 3 are available and include artwork from BB-8 to Han Solo.

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Porg - Yay or Nay?

It seems people have very strong opinions on the Porg, love ‘em or hate ‘em.  No matter your stance on them in The Last Jedi, you have to admit they’re cute on fingers. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate, dressing up or not, May the Fourth be with you!!!

Five Times Padme Amidala SLAYED in Star Wars

From princess of Theeb to queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala slayed intergalactic fashion in the Star Wars franchise.

We can all agree at this point that Padme Amidala didn’t get the justice she deserved. Natalie Portman patiently portrayed our lovely queen and the prequels squandered what she could have been. Paired with terrible writing and tired tropes, Portman and, therefore, Padme, did only the best she could with what she had, still capturing our hearts and imaginations.

This weekend Twitter was abuzz with reflections on the killer fashion that the prequels gave us. And no doubt, Queen Amidala gave us some of the most stunning costume designs in Episodes I-III. Here are some of the best fashion moments by our beloved Queen Amidala.

5. The Senate Address - Attack of the Clones

This gown exudes power. The deep royal blue, and stunning golds are royal af. Full of  Elizabethan vibes, from the head piece to the golden details on this dress. This is definitely an outfit of a queen. Tied together with an ornate necklace, consider this look SLAYED!

4. Handmaiden in Disguise - The Phantom Menace

In Episode One, our queen was in danger of being assassinated, not only by terrible writing but also by the lousiest assassin in the galaxy. Toxic masculinity for the win. While Amidala’s character was shortchanged at the expense of a Sith Lord, she disguised herself as a handmaiden. Even as a handmaiden, her regalness shone through. She was flawless through and through and she absolutely killed her casual look. Tatooine wasn't ready for her!

3. HER OWN Funeral - Revenge of the Sith

Padme died of a broken heart, which is ridiculous. So let's just check this one off our list because even in death our Queen was fierce! While clutching the japor snippet necklace that  Anakin made for her when he was a child, Padme was laid to rest as silvery-white flowers adorned her hair and wearing a long royal blue gown. WE DID NOT DESERVE YOU!

2. Dinner With Anakin - Attack of the Clones

This dress is everything! Padme gave us a Raven “Nevermore” vibe from top to bottom: feather-detailed shrug which can be removed to expose her shoulders, fingerless evening gloves--the form fitting style is just perfection! With her hair tied back and a silver headpiece she is absolutely stunning. No wonder Anakin risked it all to save her.

1. Meadow Picnic - Attack of the Clones

This outfit is often overlooked and forgotten about. The detail is amazing, from the floral bits on her corset, to the ribbon in her hair, both perhaps in dark foreshadow of her funeral garb. Her hair buns, a light foreshadow of Leia, her future daughter. The scene’s colors warm her complexion and give her a natural, healthy glow.

The wardrobe production for Natalie Portman in the prequels was killin' it. What were your favorite Queen Amidala looks? Join the conversation and add your favorite looks below!