‘Slave Leia’ Goes to the Beach – Carrie Fisher in Bikini Promoting Return of the Jedi – 1983

These 14 rare vintage photos of Carrie Fisher in Slave Leia bikini at the beach promoting 1983’s Return of the Jedi are a must-see.

Slave Leia - Carrie Fisher in Slave Leia Bikini 1983 - 1

Sexy Photo of Carrie Fisher in Slave Leia Metal Bikini on the Beach

Rolling Stone ran an article on Carrie Fisher and the movie and, of course, decided a beach was the perfect place to photograph the cast and Fisher’s amazing swimwear. The photoshoot took place at California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area and featured Fisher as Slave Leia, Darth Vader, an Ewok and a Gamorrean Guard – all having normal Earth type fun at the beach.

Playful 1983 Return of the Jedi Promo Photo - Slave Leia Jumping Into Darth Vader's Arms on the Beach

1983 Rare Photo - Carrie Fisher in Slave Leia Bikini on the Beach

It was reported that the bikini was too small for Fisher and that her breasts had to be taped into place to prevent them from being exposed during filming of the movie.

Cool Old Photo - Darth Vader with Princess Leia - 1983

Slave Leia Photo - 1983 Return of the Jedi Promotional Photo - Rolling Stone Magazine

Thirty two years later, in 2015, Fisher returned to the Star Wars’ film series as General Leia Organa in The Force Awakens. During interviews prior to the film’s release, Fisher was asked if she still had the bikini, to which she replied “I wear it on special occasions. I’ve got it on underneath now. I wear it always, for luck.”

Slave Leia at the Beach Photo - 1983 Star Wars Return of the Jedi Promotional Photo

Darth Vader holding Slave Leia - 1983 Return of the Jedi Promotion

The Wall Street Journal asked Fisher her opinion on rumors that Disney (whom purchased the rights to the Star Wars saga from George Lucas) would no longer market or sell Slave Leia merchandise. And Carrie had a very entertaining answer to the question… “I think its stupid,” she replied. “The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why shes in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didnt like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”

Even those people who aren’t necessarily Star Wars fans are likely aware of the metal “Slave Leia” bikini that Carrie Fisher wore in Return Of The Jedi, as it has been featured in countless parodies and is a hugely popular cosplay outfit and Halloween costume.

Photos by Rolling Stone Magazine/Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Mashable

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