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While the iconic look of Tomb Raider’s protagonist is oft-imitated, it takes more than short shorts and a pair of pistols to pull off a successful Lara Croft.
Cosplayer Lena Seelbinder is by far one of the most accurate and notable Lara Croft cosplayers worldwide. Not only has she crafted a wide range of costumes – including Lara’s default Legend garb, Underworld wetsuit, and classic ensemble – her physical strength and beauty make her a fantastic fit. Check out her very impressive gallery of photos below.
Who: The CharacterThe character is Lara Croft, the fictional protagonist of the Tomb Raider video game series.
Generally presented and known as a beautiful, intelligent, and athletic archeologist and adventurer, she frequently ventures into ancient, and often very hazardous tombs and ruins. In Tomb Raider: Underworld Lara‘s main outfit is a combo of brown-greenish shorts and tank-top, also known as the jungle-shorts costume.Why: The DecisionLara Croft is for me the idealized version of a woman on many levels. She is sexy, intelligent, tough, athletic, cultured, well-traveled, and has this kind of mysterious charm that shines though. I can‘t see any real woman matching up – but that‘s the reason why she became my idol and my hero. Who wouldn‘t want to be like her or have the life she has?
I love to dress up as her because wearing her clothes gives me the feeling to be as strong and independent as she is – at least a little bit. Besides the fun, this really helps me to improve my lack of self-confidence.What: The ProcessHow long it takes is different from outfit to outfit. Mostly, I make several versions of one costume, so it becomes better step by step. You can image that this process requires much time. The first version of my Underworld outfit came up in the end of 2008, but in 2010 I still worked on a better version of the same outfit.
I try to keep it simple and use common materials. In general, my first step is to search in basic local clothing stores for clothes, which look similar to what I need. After that, I change or add the important details.
Of course the final cost could be very expensive, especially if you would buy everything like the props (e.g. belt, buckle, backpack, etc.) Because I don t want to invest so much money for it, I try to make mostly everything by myself, quite simply. The jungle-shorts-costume wasn‘t that difficult, Lara‘s black-yellow wetsuit was a much harder job, because there was nothing to rely on.Where and When: The DebutThe first serious debut of my jungle-shorts costume was in the end of December 2008.
My photographer was Christoph Gerlach and the shoot took place in an indoor water park in Berlin. The ambiance and atmosphere of the tropical vegetation and the waterfalls made this location very well-fitting.Links: The CosplayerI have my own website. Also, you can find me on DeviantArt and I‘m a member of Cosplay.com, and tombraiderforums.com, too.The Gallery
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ooh good job! great cosplay. but maybe you could add some of lara's accessories, like her binoculars and her grappling hook =)
Awesome! Great costume design, lighting, and make-up. Really love the camera work. And the model looks spot on. Cool stuff
I think I love this woman.
I always find it so hard to believe there are women this hot that are also nerdy enough to cosplay... And I'm not bashing nerds, I am one myself. I'm just lamenting that I've never seen one in real life.
Having followed Tomb Raider since its inception, and the media related to it, this woman gets the gold medal for most accurate and downright stunning interpretation of Lara Croft. Even my fiance agrees, she's got the perfect blend of beauty and athletic build, without ridiculous over inflated balloons where god normally puts breasts. Her costumes are spot on, and I agree with Sean, some great locations that really give it a Tomb Raider vibe. It's too bad they've stopped using a real model for Lara, cause she would not only be excellent, she'd be the best real life interpretation by and far. Look at her, doesn't she look incredibly similar to the Lara on the cover of the last issue?
Wow! That's a great Lara. She must of worked out hard to pull that off. Great job. :)
These photos are one of the finest examples of location meaning everything. Her outfits are phenomenal, but her facial structure doesn't seem to fit the classic Lara that I know. No complaints by any means, but kudos to the cosplayer for making such spot on outfits.
*** she's HOTT!
Good thing I can type while my jaw's on the floor. Now to go about finding a surgeon to reattach it...
Oh, and I almost forgot HOOOOOOOOOT.
She's got the costumes right, but, her face doesnt say lara croft at all
I'm pretty sure I have that exact same airsoft gun from when I used to play back in middle school
Its hard to see past her nose.
There's a lot of pictures.... and I love them all!
she is awesome, just great
She is gorgeous and looks amazing! I love every outfit that she wears, especially her boots!
all of u haters most of u probably wish u could get a girl even close to this, so stfu and get back to your meat jerkin