About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly

Star Wars

Read an excerpt from Star Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein's It's Your Universe 

Disney Electronic Content

Posted on

As the voice of Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano on the animated The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels shows, Ashley Eckstein inspired young girls to believe they too could wield a lightsaber and battle the dark side.

As the founder of the Her Universe fashion line, she inspired women and girls in our galaxy to flaunt their geekdom with style, pride, and playfulness.

Now Eckstein is putting her galaxy-shaping philosophy down on the page with the new book It’s Your Universe, which is part autobiography, telling her own story of being a little girl who longed for the stars and stardom, and part inspirational guide.

Now, Entertainment Weekly presents a cover reveal and excerpt from the illustration-heavy book, which will be released May 8. And we’re also featuring a gallery of Eckstein’s latest Black Panther and Disney Princess clothing for kids.

At a time when some male fans are trying to put up a “No Girls Allowed” sign on Star Wars fandom, Eckstein’s book reminds young female fans that they don’t need anyone’s permission.

“I grew up in Orlando, Florida, and my dad worked for Disney, so we went to Disney World all the time,” Eckstein tells EW. “My mom and I, our favorite song was ‘When You Wish Upon a Star,’ so she always encouraged me to make a wish, and make a dream.”

But they also emphasized the hard work involved in fulfilling such dreams, which is another element of her book. ”

They said, okay, all of those wishes that you’ve been making upon all of those stars, now you have to do it,” Eckstein said. “You have to take action. You have to work hard to actually be it, and to do it. Those dreams and those wishes aren’t just going to fall in your lap.”

Sci-fi and fantasy gives people an escape, and allows kids to expand their own imaginations, but it also makes them dream bigger and aspire for more. It gives kids … hope.

Lucasfilm/Disney XD

“It’s an inspiration to say, ‘No, I’m never going to be Ahsoka Tano in a galaxy far, far away. Like, literally be a Togruta alien,'” Eckstein says. “‘But I could be a real-life version of Ahsoka.’ And actually it was Ahsoka who inspired me to create Her Universe. I did think, ‘What would Ahsoka do?” Ahsoka would stand up for the female fanbase and offer them more.”

For the longest time, she says, female fans were expected “to be happy with a men’s size small T-shirt because women would not buy merchandise meant for them.”

She decided to fuse her love of skirts and dresses with Star Wars, and quickly expanded to Marvel and other genre. “We can be geeks, and we can look cute while doing it,” Eckstein says.

Here’s the excerpt from It’s Your Universe. And check the gallery here for images from Her Universe’s new Black Panther and Disney Princess-inspired active wear.

Disney Electronic Content
Disney Electronic Content
Disney Electronic Content
Disney Electronic Content