Meet cosplayer Ms. Jay Justice. She’s fierce in these photos as Wonder Woman, isn’t she? Well, According to Jay Justice’s Tumblr she’s terribly tired of two things: 1) being told Wonder Woman is white and 2) being told she can’t be Wonder Woman.
Jay Justice writes:
Why not? In Crisis on Infinite Earths in the DCU, there was one Earth where Superman and his wife were black. In the New 52 DCU, there is an Earth where Wonder Woman is black too. And even if there wasn’t, there is still no good reason why a Black girl can’t be Wonder Woman.
I want everyone to know this. I want to show all of the fans who tell me that they’re afraid to cosplay their favorite characters because they’re not white, that you CAN be whoever you want to be, that you WILL be supported and accepted. That fandom isn’t majority racists and bigots, that there are enough of us out here who just want to have fun together to make it all worthwhile.
Jay Justice is currently “fighting for the opportunity to be Wonder Woman at PAX Prime, promoting DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis.” And if enough fans support her in this, she just might… win.
You can support her by voting here.
With thanks to Ian Quinn!