The fact that a lot of female superheroes' costumes would be better suited to '80s porn stars than crusaders for justice has, rightly, rubbed a lot of people the wrong way over the years, but one artist has given them a redesign to make them more fit for battle.
Professional illustrator Lord Ingvard is a comic book lover who was frustrated by the way that women are consistently almost exclusively presented as overtly sexualized so he decided to do something about it, the artist explained:
I love comics and superheroes as much as the next nerd, but the women’s costumes—sweet mother of Moses!—the COSTUMES. At the very least, highly impractical. And at worst, incredibly sexist. I mean, EXTREMELY so. Honestly, I don’t know why women haven’t been a lot more angry and vocal about this kind of thing over the years. Like “Ferguson riot” angry. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that expressing one’s sexuality is a natural, healthy thing, and certainly not something to be censured or shamed, but holly hammer of Thor, there’s a time and a place for everything!
That being said, I just had to take a shot at addressing the most obvious problems. Now, I am not by any means an experienced or accomplished character designer. I am not suggesting these costume re-designs are ideal, or even very good. My main goal was to at least TRY to approach the subject of female superheroes with the degree of logic, equality, and respect they—and their readers—deserve
Check out the practical redesigns he has given the characters below and see what you think of new, more armored attire below:
Although diluting Wonder Woman's color palette probably won't be too popular with fans, the addition of boots and a braid to prevent renegade tendrils of hair is probably a good idea.
Supergirl's skimpy cheerleading outfit doesn't really seem fit for anything apart from...well, cheerleading, but the redesign below attempts to fix all that. The attack on the red, blue and yellow color palette seems pretty unjustified to me, but apart from that this revamped look is pretty badass.
Elektra's costume is a thing of great bafflement considering her lack of powers and the 'design' section of the image below addresses that issue perfectly!
Black Canary's dominatrix attire has been toned down slightly and her disguise has been upped a notch with the addition of reflective goggles.
I love the way Ms Marvel's revamped costume gives a subtle nod to her original leotard and suspenders, but would also protect her in battle.
Vampirella is still very much a foxy chick, but dressed in an outfit that a real life woman would feel comfortable running around in public in!
Considering Red Sonja fights hand-to-hand with huge medieval weapons, going in with only mere genital and nipple armor seems like a suicide mission.
Power Girl's chest window is closed for good in the redesign below, but maybe the design is too puritanical?
Zantanna's redesign brings dressing like an eccentric magician into the modern era and is more Chris Angel than David Copperfield.