From Nina Hagen to Lisbet Salander; Pippi as a role model

Pippi Longstocking never gets out of date. Is it not impressive that a children’s book character from the 1940s still today function as such an important role model for strong women? The last one in the row is German punk queen Nina Hagen who visited the Göteborg Book Fair last week. According to Hagen, her big idol in her childhood was Pippi.
– Pippi Longstocking taught me equality, she says in an interview with Swedish newsagency TT Spektra.

Photo: Adam Lundquist

Earlier this autumn, Rooney Mara, the actress playing Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has been described as a goth Pippi Longstocking. She also states that she used Pippi Longstocking as inspiration for the character. In an interview published in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, she says that she found many things in common between Lisbet Salander and Pippi Lockstocking.
– I grew up with Pippi and went back to her stories.

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