Star Trek Poster #99 Orion Slave Woman Bobbi Sue Luther Discovery Borderland


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Bobbi Sue Luther from Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) “Borderland”, Orion Slave Woman

Orion slave girls and Orion animal women were terms used for Orion women who were apparent victims of enslavement by criminal organizations such as the Orion Syndicate. (TOS: “The Cage”, ENT: “Borderland”)

Enslaved Orion women were subjected to many degrading racist stereotypes. From the 2150s to the 2250s, it was common for slave traders, smugglers, criminals, and traffickers of women to stereotype Orion women as being “animalistic” in nature, characterizing them as having “extreme” carnal appetites and “certain innate skills.” It was claimed that Human men could rarely resist the “alluring dance” of an “Orion slave girl.”

The Orion slave girls were first conceived in the story outline for “The Cage”, as “sinuous green dancing girls” of Protos VI, who danced barefoot along with Vina, though she herself was not technically said to be one of them.

“Wild! Green skin, glistening as if oiled. Her fingertips are long gleaming razor-edged scimitars, her hair not unattractive but suggesting a wild animal mane.

Prior to her role she hadn’t seen any of the Star Trek series, but knew of its existence. When she auditioned for the role she was a co-host on Junkyard Wars. She mentioned the role description to her co-hosts and friends, “an extremely sensual green woman”; they immediately knew that it was based on the role of Vina from Star Trek: The Original Series. She combed the internet and realized how loved the character was – and what an Orion slave girl was – and eventually got the part, citing that the producers were looking for an actress who could “communicate well with body language”.

As a model, she worked in lingerie and bikinis, joking “Pretty much it’s a given, if I get booked on something, I’m going to be scantily clad.” During her time with Star Trek she worked with make-up artist David DeLeon. She enjoyed her work as an Orion for a day, even loving the ‘costume’, glad to know that she’ll always be a part of the Star Trek family.

Near mint condition.