I must admit I had no idea who Ashley Eckstein was at the beginning of the presentation but by the end of the session I was a fan.
Ashley is the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the very popular animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This was a dream come true for her as she had grown up a huge Star Wars fan. As she began attending Sci-Fi conventions and talking to fans she realized the gap in Sci-Fi clothing made for women.
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In 2010 she began Her Universe of Sci-Fi merchandise for women. She quickly learned she knew nothing about obtaining licensing and marketing her clothes. But Disney and the Star Wars franchise saw the potential and gave her a chance. In fact Disney’s Star Wars Weekends was her first avenue to show her vision to the world and women instantly fell in love with her clothes.
But that is not where this story ends. She began getting mail and meeting fans that would tell stories of being picked on at school for being a girl and liking Science Fiction. Ashley felt compelled to add a a new layer to Her Universe and created a community where Fan Girls of all ages felt safe to let their voices be heard and step into the spotlight and shine.
In 2013 she launched an intiative called Year of the Fan Girl. Each day she features a Fan Girl of the Day and their inspirational story. The girl can be of any age, 1 – 101 years old, and is nominated by friends and family. Ashley does this to celebrate you, the Fan Girl, and how special you are!
She also added an Ask Ellen section to her blog. This is a venue where you can Ask Ellen anything anonymously. This can be everything from how to handle being sterotyped to bullying and harassment. It really is a great way for you and other Fan Girls to share what you are going through and band together.
I was and still am a Sci-Fi fan. Luckily I did not get bullied in school but did get razzed from time to time. I have known others that were bullied and I love that Ashley has set up a community for Fan Girls to go to for support.
Did I mention she also makes the cutest clothes ever! She currently has lines for Star Wars, Syfy, Doctor Who and Star Trek. And she tells us there is a new franchise coming soon!
You can meet Ashley at the 2013 Star Wars Weekends now thu June 9th. Just head to Darth’s Mall (love that name) over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Are you a Sci-Fi Fan Girl?What do you love about science fiction?
Leave a comment below and tell us.
Full Disclosure: I was invited to the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. I received a special discounted rate for me and my family to attend. I am grateful to Disney for allowing us to participate. Please keep in mind these our my personal thoughts and opinions, not those of the Walt Disney Company.
Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.