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The very first woman of color to appear in a leading role in a Star Wars movie, Kelly Marie Tran, is recently on the spotlight for her new film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but, that’s not only why she’s a halo on her head. It’s also because she has lost weight.
Yes, you heard that, right! She was all chubby during her first installment of The Last Jedi. However, as she took to the blue carpet on The Rise of Skywalker premiere, she was just skinny, her cheeks svelte, and her figure slender!
But, did she really lose weight? Or, it’s just in our mind? Let’s find out!
It’s already been two years since Kelly Marie Tran got emotional during her LA premiere of the eighth installment of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was a tearful period for Kelly as she reunited with producer Ram Bergman and her co-star Janina Gavankar.
Two years later, Kelly was as emotional as she was back in her premiere for The Last Jedi. On Monday, December 16, 2019, the 30 years’ old actress showed up at the premiere at LA, California. Similarly, she also showed us her glamorous look at London’s Leicester Square on December 18, 2019, Wednesday. But, something was different this year; her thinner look!
While Kelly donned a black smocked off-shoulder dress in LA, she wore a high-collared red gown and paired it with scarlet heels and diamond earrings in London.
Thus, the answer to the above question is Yes, She’s Lost Weight! But that’s just about it! She hasn’t revealed much about her weight loss journey to the public. Maybe that’s because she had to delete all of her social media posts due to online harassment.
As already mentioned, Kelly Marie Tran, who appears as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, was shooed off of social media by vitriol fans. This came right after the release of the eighth installment of Star Wars.
Tran was a happy lady going about her normal day, but, to her surprise, she got a chance to appear as one of the leading characters in the legendary movie franchise, Star Wars. So she did take that opportunity and portrayed Rose Tico, a rebel mechanic and the hero of Resistance.
The Last Jedi released on December 15, 2017, and it also earned as much as $1.321 billion against its production budget of $200 to $317 million. But, it was not enough for the fans; they didn’t find the movie as great as the other installments of the film. So, they started harassing actors, directors, and producers of the show.
Since Kelly was still a new face and also a woman of color, fans directed their vitriol towards her. They made it so hard for her that she had to get off of social media deleting all of her posts. Even to this day, her Instagram and other socials don’t have any posts.
Though Kelly had to face a lot of trouble for her criticisms and had to question her origin, she didn’t break down to it. She came in much stronger in the final installment of Star Wars, and by the looks of it, while she was out of her socials, she had had time to work out and focus on her figure as well. It might be one of the reasons why she’s so slim and trim now, right?
After a lot of negative comments on her role and everything in between from her looks, weight, height, appearance, to even her ethnic background, Kelly deleted all of her posts and got off her socials. To everyone’s surprise, an alt-right Facebook group came out, claiming that they drove out the Asian actress from her socials.
On June 8, 2018, the group wrote,
I, along with many others (some of whom I inspired), helped force, Kelly Marie Tran, from Instagram. And it was bloody glorious!
The group believes the Star Wars movie now has taken away its charm by progressively casting actors of diversity. This group claims that the diversity the movie has in recent years is forced upon them.
Bring back the Straight White Male Hero that isn’t manufactured by a corrupt corporation like Disney.
The post ends with a few hashtags including, Give Us Legends, No More Forced Diversity, and Down with Disney. Here’s the post!
The Stars Wars page once posted a tribute video to Rose Tico, but within seconds of the post, negative comments started rolling in. The page admin had had enough of this abuse so, Star Wars shut the abusers down with a detailed explanation of how important her role was in the movie.
Well, this certainly gave fans an answer, right?
The daughter of the Vietnamese refugees, who was the first Asian woman to appear in Vanity Fair, came back strong with her op-ed in The New York Times. Her essay dealt with what she had felt and what she’s been dealing with over the years.
It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them.
The online harassments confirmed what she already learned as an Asian lady growing up. It made her remember that she belonged to the “margins and spaces”.
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Tran revealed that she stopped speaking in her mother tongue at age 9 because other kids mocked her. Similarly, a waitress thought she was an exchange student when she ordered a meal in perfect English in front of her white boyfriend’s family.
Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was “other,” that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them.
Kelly also went on to reveal that she was someone at the background of other people’s stories. And, the fact that she believed them, she believed all those words and stories was something that tore her apart.
If you want to read her full essay, then follow this link to The New York Times.
For our viewers who haven’t watched the movie, this particular section bears Rose Tico’s spoilers.
The Rise of Skywalker released on December 20, 2019, and it was claimed that Tico would have pretty great screen time on this movie. But, things weren’t like that! In fact, her screen time was greatly reduced.
She gets the same treatment as Jar Jar in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. According to The Wrap, she was relegated to such a minor role – she was never presented as one of the major casts of the new trilogy.
There’s no reason to push Kelly Marie Tran out of the frame. With this particular action, the directors of the movie have become in terms of the people that harassed Tran over a few months following the release of The Last Jedi.
It’s quite annoying to see why her role was cast aside from the ninth and the final installment of the trilogy.