“Oh, you ran into Carrie, too?”
This thread on Tumblr by way of Imgur recently detailed a heartwarming story about the late Carrie Fisher:
I got to meet her one year I was working backstage security at DragonCon here in Atlanta. I was standing around backstage while the room was being filled, checking in on our VIPs when Carrie came in with her crew. I knew one of her guest escorts so I said hi to him. He introduced me to Carrie and I told her how wonderful it was to meet her. She shook my hand and looked intently at my face. Then she pulled out a make-up case and a brush and started brushing something on to the left side of my face. I looked at Fritz, her escort, and he said, “She’s been doing this all day.” Carrie grabbed my chin and turned my face back to her. She then finished COVERING the left side of my face with glitter, cocked her head to take a more critical view of her work, nodded, and went on to her next appearance. She never spoke to me the entire time but beeped my nose as she walked away.
I kept running into other people on the crew that day who had glitter dust on their faces. Everyone just smiled and said, “Oh, you ran in to Carrie, too.”
Super nice lady. She will definitely be missed.
There’s more to this story, of course.
This wasn’t just a one-off occurrence. Princess/General Leia was known in convention circles for glitter-bombing everyone, from fans waiting in line for autographs to celebrities like Anna Kendrick. And with this year’s Star Wars Day being a bittersweet affair due to Fisher’s passing late last year, fans have returned to glitter as a way of paying tribute to the actress and mental health advocate.
But why was glitter Carrie Fisher’s convention expression of choice? Tumblr user thebibliosphere shared an anecdote:
It’s a fitting tribute for Fisher, who spoke openly about her struggles with mental illness and still managed to, in the words of thebibliosphere, make the world shine.
So, May the 4th be with you today, as well as all the glitter you like. Tumblr user toastweasel has provided a handy list of glitter product recommendations and a very important reminder about keeping glitter away from your eyes for fear of infection.