During a recent L.A. press conference for the release of Marvel's Black Panther, actress (The Walking Dead) and playwright (Tony Award-winning Eclipse) Danai Gurira discussed how her character Okoye challenges traditional ideas of femininity and power.
Okoye flies in the face of our conventional ideas of femininity, while still functioning within her own definition of femininity. She doesn't take to the conventions of how the rest of world says a woman should wear her hair, for instance but she also always has a big red lip on, a lot of lash — without ever compromising her philosophy. She lives contentedly within both.
At a Sirius XM town hall discussion, Gurira explained it's no mistake that the film's fictional setting of Wakanda is the most powerful nation in the world. Hint: It's all about gender equality.
It really is something to really learn from when women are able to realize and actualize their greatness and their fullest potential without it being something that is highlighted in some garish way, but it’s just there, it’s just what is and everyone understands — the king understands, the men understand, everyone gets it. This is what allows our nation to advance and to be progressive and to be at the forefront.
"We can be fearless out there — and we should be!" @DanaiGurira says #BlackPanther has an an empowering message for young girls: "The country [of Wakanda] understands in order to work at its absolute best, you want women at their fullest potential and you celebrate that!" pic.twitter.com/wh3na4dnT8— The View (@TheView) February 19, 2018
The women of Black Panther are taking the world by storm and people can't get enough:
Not only did the Black Panther was introduced by The Avengers series but honey did it stand on its own feet. loved it...🔥🔥🔥👋👋👋❤❤— Maria B (@MariaIslandlady) February 20, 2018
and this terrific amazing cast was great and specially those wonderful great powerful women actress who was in the movie and the actors was amazing we just love this wonderful great movie me and my sister we enjoyed ourselves yesterday @the View and @DanaiGurira 👍👍✌✌😀😉 pic.twitter.com/vahlMEIpSL— Dawn Lisa Mckinght (@3e089b33664a424) February 20, 2018
I am in AWE of all of these strong beautiful Women. They are perfect to me. And shuri is fabulous. She is the James bond Q of Wakanda 😎— will j (@EarlKnights) February 20, 2018
My 17 year old daughter that this was likely her favorite movie...ever— Joe Lee 📻 (@jblee883) February 19, 2018