In the world of Marvel, especially in the wake of Marvel NOW!, the vast majority of female characters have been given a work appropriate make-over in the last few years. There’s a lot less exposed flesh, and more functional and practical costumes that are closer counterparts to those of the male characters.
That said, there has been one glaring omission – Emma Frost.
Personally, my first exposure to Emma Frost was the X-Men cartoon of the 90s, where she dressed like a dominatrix with a penchant for the colour white. Emma Frost actually came into existence a decade earlier as a enemy of the X-Men before becoming allied with them and later even developing a romantic relationship with lead X-Man Cyclops.
In her 34 year publication history, one thing has been consistent and constant – her taste in clothes. And that’s ok. Because whilst the likes of Scarlet Witch went from the old swimsuit style to, y’know, actual clothes, it was ok that Emma didn’t.
On planet earth there are billions of women. Each and everyone of those women have unique tastes and styles sculpted by their personalities, cultures, societies and fashion fads. There will be some women amongst the throng who like to dress full time in as little as possible. Emma Frost is such a woman, and that’s ok.
As long Emma isn’t drawn provocatively and the clothes aren’t used as an excuse for artists to do so (seriously, don’t do that because all women should be respected no matter how they dress!), we should be ok with that fact that she likes to dress the way she likes to dress, and if that’s a bit fleshy, well… that’s ok.
Whilst some people out there would like to shame all women into dressing modestly, even if that isn’t their choice or desire, Emma is having none of it. And though the others have been given the chance to cover up and they are glad of it, she is happy as she is because not all women like to cover up and that’s ok.
Emma Frost is a confident, fierce and sensual woman who likes to express that in her clothing, and there are plenty of women in the world who like to do the same. And you know what? THAT’S OK!!
Unfortunately, much of the world is yet to catch up to Emma, and instead insist on shaming women for their choice of clothes, and all we can do about that is keep repeating over and over, louder and louder – THAT IS NOT OK!!