Iron Man 2 had a lot of awesome stuff: Whiplash, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the suitcase armor, War Machine, drone Iron Man robots. But what I loved almost as much as all that were the Ironettes. In case you don't know their name, you know who they were - the dancers wearing Iron Man-inspired costumes in the introduction of the StarkEXPO. I was laughing my head off at the over-the-top performance of that whole scene.
While there's been a lot of buzz about the Ironettes, I thought we should bring it all together so you can find out everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about the Ironettes. You're welcome.
1. The Video - Okay, so first of all, let's watch them strut their stuff in the introduction of Iron Man 2.
2. Who They Are - The Ironettes were all beautiful and sexy, and it would be easy to just brush them off as a group of hot babes. But let's learn a little more about them as individuals. I couldn't get all the names of the Ironettes or even an exact count of how many there were. If you know of more, please let us know in the comments. But from what I can gather, some of the Ironettes are, in alphabetical order:
- Melanie Brown - Former cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers
- Gina Cantrell- Cheerleader for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns
- Sandy Colton - Former dancer from So You Think You Can Dance, singer, and cheerleader for the LA Lakers
- Hannah Douglass - Model and dancer
- Nadine Ellis - Actress and former member of the Pussycat Dolls
- Krystal Ellsworth - Model and actress
- Renee Herlocker - Former Denver Broncos cheerleader, also host for Spike and MTV, models for Red Bull
- Annika Ihnat - Cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers
- Jennifer D. Johnson- Professional dancer and actress
- Jill Ann Pineda-Arnold - Dancer (that's all we could get on her)
- Victoria Parsons - Victoria's Secret model and back-up dancer for musicians like Rihanna
- Lindsay Rosenberg - Cheerleader for the Los Angeles Clippers
- Jenny Robinson - Professional dancer for events such as NASCAR and Monday Night Football
- Kylette Zamora - Model and dancer
3. The Cosplay - And of course, if it's skimpy and sexy and is in a sci-fi movie or TV show, for some reason, hot women want to wear it. And geeks have no problem with that. Let the Ironette flood begin! There's a girl who seems to be one of the first to get her own costume and commanded a following, calling herself Ironette. But she wasn't the last.
There's a whole blog dedicated to creating their own Ironette group. Lots of them showed up at ComicCon 2010. And the big hit of DragonCon 2010 was cosplayer Cassandra White, who not only danced as an Ironette, but used a hula hoop at the same time! Multi-talented.