As soon as Lynda Carter stepped in front of the television screen wearing Wonder Woman’s iconic red, blue, and gold outfit, audiences around the world swooned. Yet for Carter, being a sex symbol was never the goal.
The actress clarified that for her, the pleasure of embodying Wonder Woman was to camp a strong and independent woman, who could inspire young girls rather than being the object of fantasies for young men. “I still have women at airports coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, you don’t know what that meant to me. This show got me through this tough time, this tough time,'” Carter said. The Despatch of Columbus while talking about the impact his character has had on female fans.
She goes on to add, “If a guy comes along and says, ‘Oh my God, I had such a crush on you when I was a teenager,’ I say, ‘Talk to the hand. I don’t want to know.'” In the same interview, Carter is asked about Wonder Woman’s “lightweight” outfit that almost seems designed to titillate men rather than empower women. In response, the actress points out that male superheroes aren’t held to the same standard, since characters like Superman also wear skin-tight outfits that show off their physique at every turn.