Name: Mia Dearden
Place of Birth: Metropolis, Kansas
TV Show: Smallville
Character Bio: Mia Dearden is a teenage runaway who was abused by her father. Unable to survive on her own, she fell in love with a man who offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex and prostitution. Mia was soon rescued from this lifestyle by Green Arrow/Oliver Queen. He vowed after her rescue to take her under his wing, and make her his new ward. Mia continued to work with Oliver when she discovered his crossbow. Mia was fighting in an underground fight club when she was suddenly forced to leave by an intimidating man named Rick. Oliver, who had witnessed Mia’s fight, decided to follow her and discovered that she was a forced prostitute and that Rick was her handler. Oliver sought her out, and made a proposal to make her a better fighter and get out of her life on the streets. At first she was reluctant to the idea, but ended up accepting.
Why she inspires me: Mia inspires me because she’s a fighter. She’s had a terrible past, but she got help and she’s risen above it and now helps others. I think that’s a great lesson to teach young women. That no matter what happens in life we can come out of the other end intact and do better things.