Name of Fangirl: Daphne
Fangirl’s School Grade: Pre-K
What is her Fangirl interest?
D loves superheroes, princesses, cosplay, dinosaurs, and especially STAR WARS! Her favorite characters are Darth Vader, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Phasma. Her Trekkie parents are out of their Star Wars depth, but doing everything they can to embrace their daughter’s fandom by letting her spend endless hours at Hollywood Studios and watching all the movies (even the prequels) and TV shows with her.
Why did you decide to shine the spotlight on this Fangirl?
My daughter is simultaneously girly AND rough and tumble. Within the Star Wars fandom, she’s found so many strong female characters to embrace who also happen to have fantastic costumes for twirling (her favorite thing to do other than have lightsaber battles). Also, because Daphne met many of these characters at WDW before ever seeing the movie, it’s been fascinating to watch her interests and opinions in the characters fluctuate. Daphne was in love with Darth Vader at Jedi Training, then we watched the movies and at the end of Empire she burst into tears when she realized he was a bad guy. Thank goodness he redeemed himself…
How does this Fangirl express her fandom?
Daphne loves cosplaying and bounding at conventions and especially Walt Disney World. Since falling in love with Star Wars, Hollywood Studios has become her favorite park. No trip is complete without hugging her favorite walking carpet, trading with the Jawas, visiting Kylo Ren (“He so silly”), watching the “Star Wars Fashion Show,” or making her parents roast on the sidelines while we cheer for Vader and the Seventh Sister at Jedi training.
What is her favorite quote or personal motto?
“Mommy, I dark-sided.”
What is her favorite Fangirl item that she cannot live without?
Either her Rey/Luke Skywalker lightsaber or her big Chewbacca tsum tsum. Wait, no, it’s got to be her light up/sound making BB-8 backpack and corresponding lunch box!
Where can we follow her online?
D’s adventures at the parks are chronicled at @minkflamingos on instagram as well as at the blog minkflamingos.com