This is the fourteenth in a series of character redesigns for an imagined Wonder Woman live-action television series as produced by myself initially based off George Perez's iconic run on the Post-Crisis title. Here we have the Amazon priestesses Menalippe and Penelope!
These two Amazons figured mostly into George Perez's run on Wonder Woman with Menalippe especially playing a large role. I see them really as the power couple on Themyscira and they appear to have a very loving relationship which has likely lasted centuries. Menalippe is a fairly unassuming Amazon and her blind faith almost makes her seem naive. Unlike many of her Amazon sisters, Menalippe seems to be disinterested in the ways of war and sees the solution to conflict as being passive prayer. I see her as demure and simple. Penelope, however, I see as being more vivacious and vibrant. She loves Menalippe dearly and acts almost like her caregiver at times. Their relationship is quite sweet though as Penelope's love for Menalippe is both obvious and touching. I also find Penelope's name choice interesting. Penelope was the name of Odysseus' faithful wife who waited patiently for her husband to arrive home from the Trojan War. Though everyone insisted her husband was dead, Penelope constantly put off choosing another husband because she was sure of her husband's eventual homecoming. I think that is parallel to the Amazon Penelope's devotion to Menalippe.
When it came to coming up with specific looks for them, I kept with the overall design from the comics but chose to rework some aspects. Menalippe's honey-hued hair is still present but she appears almost like a Mother Theresa figure in her robes. It was a purposeful decision to have her appear almost nun-like or even almost Indian since it serves to emphasize her closeness with religion. As mentioned before, I wanted each Amazon to have a signature colour (Hippolyta's is purple, Phillipus' is red, Euboea's is a pale green) so I chose blue for Menalippe. It is a colour primarily associated with virginity and was specifically linked to the Virgin Mary for quite some time. With Penelope, I decided to make her very Earthy in her appearance and very Gypsy-like. From the wild hair to the gold earrings, I liked the contrast it offered to her in comparison to Menalippe. I opted for her signature colour to be a deep forest green so as to make her seem that much more linked to nature. I also decided to specifically have Penelope be looked at as a healer so as to give her some prominence and independence away from her relationship to Menalippe.
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