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Who is Fennec Shand? Check out this page to find out Ming-Na's role in Disney Plus Original, The Mandalorian.
Creating Fennec Shand
Fennec Shand’s look and personality were inspired by her name. To create the character, Ming-Na researched on the fennec fox and how it behaves, modeling her character’s personality after it. She speaks slowly, with a slight drag, and odd pauses in between - showing how the character is always thinking.
“She’s tricky, and yet she’s able to maneuver and survive, and be stealthy—so very graceful and agile. I just love that whole image with the name.
- Ming-Na Wen, Vanity Fair, 2019
Joseph Porro, costume designer, played with the fennec fox’s colour - orange, adding orange features to Fennec’s primarily black outfit, paired with her sleek half orange, half grey helmet.
For her hairstyle, Ming-Na and hairstylist, Maria Sandoval wanted to create a unique look for Fennec. Being an elite assassin with a helmet, Ming-Na had an idea of adapting the fennec fox features into Fennec’s look. Maria then came up with an intricate braiding system with a long tail, and orange cords woven into it, resembling the fox’s ear - creating the beautiful and unique Fennec Shand look we love. But the process of braiding her hair is not easy at all - when filming Season 2 of the Mandalorian, Ming-Na shared she usually goes home with the braids, hiding it under a baseball hat and sleeping in it, just to cut down the time needed to create her look.
“But we thought it was only going to be one episode, so we wanted to make Fennec memorable. When she came back, we were stuck with it. Oops.”
- Ming-Na Wen, starwars.com, 2020