Why Harley Quinn Is An Unlikely Role Model

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Harley Quinn traditionally isn’t viewed as a role model… in fact quite the opposite. While at first glance, Quinn is far away from being a stand-up role model for young girls, she is closer than it appears. She has a tendency to be very vexing, insane and slightly cocky. Her outfit choices could be considered overly sexual but despite these qualities, Quinn, in fact, is a role model.

The character of Quinn was created as a love interest for the Joker but instead she took on a life of her own with fans. Inspiring thousands of cosplay, countless comics, and TV shows. What has attracted so many to this character? She is completely unique and confident.

Quinn holds her own with the boys during Suicide Squad and isn’t afraid of embracing her independence, a trait every young female should embrace. Along with overflowing confidence, as Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Quinn shows, this is a character who isn’t afraid of embracing her sexuality. She is proud of how she looks and isn’t afraid of what others might think. This is her confidence showing both internally and externally.

Women working together to lift one another up is an impressive and important trend currently taking hold amongst many industries. Musical superstar Taylor Swift is an example of this but Swift isn’t the only female with an impressive squad, Quinn also has assembled a strong group of females throughout comic book history, teaming up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman. These powerful women come together to kick some major ass and support one another. Yet another point in the role model column.

Quinn isn’t a typical role model but these are not typical times. We have moved past traditional gender-driven stereotype role models. The world is a different place. We are in a world where Suicide Squad will be seen by millions. Young girls should look at the screen and be proud that women and being represented in comic book movies and not just as damsels in distress. Instead, we are holding our own with the boys and kicking ass. Girls should be proud of who they are, embrace their quirks and dress up as Quinn for Halloween if they want (or just because they feel like it).

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad is in theaters now!

 

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for TheCelebrityCafe.com covering everything from music to...