Why X-wing pilot Jessika Pava is Star Wars fandom’s new favorite side-character

hellotailor:

It’s no surprise that Jessika Pava—the first female X-wing pilot, and the first Asian woman with a visible role in Star Wars—has struck a chord with so many people.

She combines two of the greatest strengths of The Force Awakens: the carefree badassery the film inherited from original trilogy, and the intentionally diverse casting choices that opened Star Wars up to a new generation of fans. (She’s also one half of the fandom’s most popular femslash ship, paired with Rey.)

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Art by China Blue Rockett

Star Wars fandom has a long tradition of turning minor characters into beloved superstars, and if Captain Phasma is the new Boba Fett, then Jessika Pava is definitely the new Wedge Antilles.

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Shout out to all the amazing fanartists who contributed to this story! There’s lots of awesome Jessika Pava art out there.

Why X-wing pilot Jessika Pava is Star Wars fandom’s new favorite side-character

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