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Danai Gurira Shares How 'Black Panther' Challenges The Idea Of Traditional Femininity

Danai Gurira Shares How 'Black Panther' Challenges The Idea Of Traditional Femininity
Updated 3 months ago

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.

The women of Black Panther are taking the world by storm and people can't get enough: