Although they don't necessarily look like the typical warrior, the artist believes that "each one feels like she has a rich backstory and history."
I still remember the moment I first laid eyes on the brilliant Gwendoline Christie as fearless and absolutely badass Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones. Here was a woman who didn't check any of the boxes in society's "the ideal female anatomy" guideline and yet exuded such power and fierceness that she was nothing less than stunning. Even with disheveled hair and dirt (or blood) smeared across her face, Christie emanated a raw beauty that — to be honest — was a class apart from the rest of the traditional beauties who starred in the show.
During an interview on the Emmy's red carpet a couple of years ago, Christie opened up about how making her body more traditionally "masculine" impacted her emotionally. "It was very challenging, actually, because it meant changing my physical size in a way that wasn't conventionally, aesthetically, pleasing, and that wasn't always very pleasant," she said, reports Shape. However, the star found that it was all worth it to bring a character to life that challenges so many standards of beauty. "Being in pursuit of an artistic ideal, and bringing a woman who was outside of the realm of what we consider conventionally attractive, into an entertainment arena, that was really what mattered to me," Christie added.
These are the very same standards that artist Yael Nathan shatters with her "Warrior Women" illustrated series that features women of different sizes, ages, and body types as powerful warriors. Although they don't necessarily look like the typical warrior, Nathan believes that "each one feels like she has a rich backstory and history." Here are 24 fierce female warriors from this series: