Dream your world. Be your world. Flaunt your world.
Her Universe’s motto starts off its message to geek girls with the encouragement to dream your world. Sometimes, people have goals and dreams that they set for themselves that seem so far out of reach that they swear that they cannot accomplish them, so they never do. However, sometimes people have goals and dreams that, although they seem impossible, they push themselves to believe in not only the dream, but also in themselves, and they make that dream a reality.
Several young girls, who I am now proud to call my friends, made that dream a reality when they met the voice behind Ahsoka Tano, actress Ashley Eckstein, at Star Wars Weekends nearly five years ago. It was an experience I will never forget, and neither will any of the other girls: We each fulfilled a dream of meeting the voice behind one of our favorite Star Wars characters.
In middle school, the age the majority of us were when we met Ashley for the first time (except for a few young adults had already embraced their love of geek!), we were a far cry from society’s standards of a “typical” girl. We defied the standard goals of most girls our age: We loved Star Wars. We had braces. We wore glasses. We didn’t burry our faces in makeup. We were geeky, plain and simple. We were often teased, but we dreamed of being accepted for who we were.
In 2010, Her Universe, the clothing line for women that enables female fans to embrace their geek and make it chic, launched and revolutionized what it meant for a girl to be a geek. Her Universe showed us that being geeky is its own kind of beautiful. It subtly tore down the walls that had been built in front of our faces by television shows and movies that expressed that geek was nerdy, that geek was unpopular, and that geek was a laughing stock. Her Universe helped pull girls who would rather trade Lisa Frank folders in for a G.I. Joe one out of their shells.
It has been four years since the launch of Her Universe, and now, four years older, the girls who I met through Her Universe embrace their geek because they are proud of who they are and the young women they have grown into. Some of us still have braces (I even miss mine), embrace their glasses (have those!) and are confident without without a pound of makeup on–we grew up geeky. We’re still not the “typical” girl–but we don’t ever really want to be and we love that about ourselves. We’ve learned that it is important to “be your world.”
Recently I had the opportunity to help coordinate a “fangirl dinner,” with Ashley Eckstein and a few of the same incredible young women who met Ashley and were inspired by Her Universe years ago. Underneath, we’re still the same giggly middle school girls who are prone to falling into a fangirl attacks, but we’re older, more mature, and coming into our own. We have jobs, we have other interests, and we have goals.
I don’t think any of us could have been more grateful for that evening of fellowship, giggling, and, naturally, fangirling. We donned Her Universe attire for the occasion, and transformed the night into the ultimate Her Universe Friday (#HUfriday.)
Star Tours was definitely a highlight of the evening. We had a large party, but managed to squeeze into the back rows. Grace was the Rebel Spy…naturally. They must have taken the hint from her red sequined Rebels shirt ;) We finished off the night by viewing some spectacular fireworks, all set to the Star Wars score. Memories from the fangirl dinner will bring back smiles to our faces for years to come.
I don’t think any of us can really imagine what path we might have taken if we hadn’t met Ashley Eckstein and learned about Her Universe years ago. Although we probably would have heard of Her Universe eventually, growing up with the company’s positive message of being confident in your interests and learning about what Her Universe hoped to accomplish from Ashley herself made the existence of Her Universe special and more meaningful.
Now, the next four years of our lives have begun. Although our paths may take us different ways, we’ll always cherish what brought us together: Our love of sci-fi, Star Wars, Her Universe, and the call to flaunt our World.