Actress Carrie Fisher has been outspoken about sexism on the set of Star Wars back in the day. At the time she weighed 105 lbs, and was asked to lose ten so she could look like this in her fun sex slave costume:
Here she is describing being ordered out of her underwear by George Lucas himself:
She also talked to the newest female protagonist heading up Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley, about the iconic slave bikini in an interview:
FISHER: Oh, you’re going to have people have fantasies about you! That will make you uncomfortable, I’m guessing.
RIDLEY: Yeah, a bit.
FISHER: Have you been asked that?
RIDLEY: No, they always talk about how you’re a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that. [Fisher sighs] I’m not a sex symbol! [laughs]
FISHER: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone. I don’t share that.
RIDLEY: I don’t think that’s the right—
FISHER: Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was.
Now, in an interview with Good Housekeeping, Carrie Fisher has admitted that it's "same sh*t, different day" on the new Star Wars set, where she's reprising her role as Princess Leia for The Force Awakens. She was asked on this occasion to lose about 35 lbs before being allowed on camera again. Fisher says:
They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.
I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it. I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising. It’s easier for me to add an activity than to deny myself something. When I do lose the weight I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am. My problem is they talk to me like an actress but I hear them like a writer.
We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane. Everyone in LA says, "Oh you look good," and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never "How are you?" or "You seem happy!"
Hard to say if Carrie Fisher seems happy, but she definitely seems like she doesn't GAF about speaking her mind on sexist double standards, which is always refreshing in the entertainment industry.