Cowboy Bebop Costume Designer Felt 'Resistant' to Make Faye Valentine 'Overtly Sexualized' like her Anime Version

Netflix is getting ready to launch its live-action version of Cowboy Bebop next week, but some fans of the original anime series are still concerned about some of the changes the show will make from its source material. One of the biggest complaints on social media is Daniella's Pineda's costume as Faye Valentine in the live-action series. In the original anime series, Faye is known for her sexy outfits and femme fatale persona, but the Netflix show is portraying her differently.

However, Jane Holland, the costume designer for Netflix's Cowboy Bebop, recently had an interview with Insider in which she defended Faye's costume.

Daniella Pineda Cowboy Bebop
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Daniella Pineda Cowboy Bebop

"The sort of threads that I was pulling on to kind of draw it together came from the same place and the same thought process that I had to go through for Spike and for Jet," Holland explained, referring to the male characters played by John Cho and Mustafa Shakir.

She added: "I feel like it's a respectful rendition of the anime. I do have to say, as a woman, I felt resistant to the idea of the lead female character being gratuitous or overtly sexualized. It's not about it not being revealing, it's not about any of that, it's actually got all of those elements. But my take on it is that it's designed by a woman and it was made by a lot of women, and it's worn by a woman. So the same elements are there but they have just manifested in a different way."

In September, Pineda took it to Instagram Story to respond to the backlash with a satirical apology. At the beginning of the clip, she apologized for not capturing the appearance of the anime character because she's not "six foot" with double D sized breasts" and a "two-inch waist."

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Pineda talked about her costume: "Anyway, like I was saying that original costume, they made a couple of them, but like I said they sort of got slurped up in my various crevices never to be retrieved again so we really needed to build something that could withstand the test of time."

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is scheduled to release on November 19, 2021. For more details about the series, check out everything you need to know about it here, and don't forget to follow our Netflix Rocks My World page on Facebook for the latest updates.

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