Jessica is an amazing beautiful girl, very dear friend of mine, fantastic
cosplayer that I admired for a long time, She is a die hard Lara fan, very sweet
girl! I wanted to interview her so our readers could get to know her better :)
so here she is...
1- Tell us about yourself.
"Well, itís not easy to say something about myselfÖ My name is Jessica
Loyola, I live in Brazil, Iím a student, 18 years old, I begun cosplay Lara
officially at 14 years, before that was just tries with no success. I try to do
the best I can with what is in my scope. I love rock/metal music especially
Gothic/Symphonic Metal. I cosplay, sing and draw clothes especially corsets, as
hobby. I love read books and study Biology and English, well Iím a person open
to learning life and people around me. I love my family, animals and friends,
the ones who are always there for me, Iím always there for them too. "
2- Why do you cosplay Lara, what does it mean to you?
"I cosplay Lara because she means a lot to me, sheís been an inspiration
since I met her for the first time when I was 10. She is brave, intelligent,
skillful, mature and very beautiful! this combination makes a perfect
essence that makes her my favourite heroine, makes Lara so original and perfect,
a big inspiration for people who are fans of her. A lot of women would like to
be like her. I believe that me and every other cosplayer of Lara has a piece of
her essence within themselves. What makes each cosplayer special by the way they
are and by the way they represent Lara. I made a lot of friends because of
cosplay, of course enemies too, but I make friends who I learned much with them
and I thank them to have appeared at my life. I love being Lara Croft
3- How did you first hear about lara?
"My first time hearing about Lara was at my auntís house, my cousin was
playing Tomb Raider 3 for PS one, and asked me to play with him, I begun to play
and totally found myself in love with Lara, I was 10. But I didnít have a
console in my house, only after my father bought PS two, my PC back then was a
windows 95, I couldnít install Tomb Raider Games"
4- How long have you been a lara fan?
"Since 10 years old,
well, itís already been 8 years."
5- When did you get into cosplay?
"In 2008, I was 14 years old and recently known the word and world
6- How do you assemble your outfits?
"As Lara would say ďWith patience and persistenceĒ (rs). I donít have an
order to begin, sometimes with the outfit, sometimes with the accessories. Iím
not a very organized person in this point, maybe thatís why I have a lot of
unfinished costumesÖ But I try to do the best I can, most look a like as
possible. The accessories are the most difficult ones for me, I live in a
country witch is illegal buy things like replica guns. Everything is done by me.
7- Favourite TR outfit:
"Biker Ė Tomb Raider
8- Favourite TR game:
"Tomb Raider Legend
9- What do you think of the movies?
"Tomb Raider Movies are good, but itís made in a manner not much loyal to
the game, everyone who is not a fan, thinks Lara is only the movie or only
She did a good work, the best actress for Lara in my opinion. The director fail
in the visual of the braid and hair, I love the black outfit that she wears, I
think Lara should use more that outfit on game. Well, Lara in the game shows
such femininity and aggression, I just saw aggression with not much feelings."
10- What is your favourite boss fight/puzzle in your favourite game?
"The Unknown thing on TR Legend, Amandaís host."
11- How do you feel about the new origins story?
"In the beginning I
felt like they have betrayed Laraís fans changing her so. But after I realize
itís a good point bring back her origins as much human than never was feeling
pain, thirsty, hungry, fear, cold and even bleeding, things that she never
showed before, being almost a superhuman.
It makes me think how did she developed such strong, skills and knowledge. Her
appearance looks really younger and more natural than the other games, with the
same style, whatís great in my opinion, I loved her new costume, remember the
classics ones, , I loved the bow and arrow too, itís very epic equipment. For me
itís a intelligent reboot, bringing Lara into a world much real where she really
is fighting to survive"
12- What is the one item you would add to the croft outfit?
"Corsets for sure! Corsets are my passion and I would like so if Lara
had a outfit official with one corset. I saw one fan art once with Lara wearing
one, I have this image since 2008 on my PC. I would love see Lara in a look just
like Selene from Underworld, so amazingÖ"
13- Who takes your photos, and what kind of equipment do you use?
"My photos in the beginning was shot by my mother and sometimes my cousins. But
since 2010 I take them on my own, I prepare the camera to shoot me
automatically. When itís a other place that I cannot find support to the camera,
itís my boyfriend who takes them for me.
My equipments arenít professional ones, I use a sony camera w130, isnít
professional but does a good work. Someday I will take professional shoots.!"
14- What are your favorite qualities that Lara upholds?
"Her intelligence, skills, interests, beauty, sheís all amazing and
15- What is your dream Lara croft costume?
"Goth Ė Lace shirt."
16- Do you have any advice for first time cosplayers?
"You will find a lot of people with prejudgment, people who will want to
pull you down, but donít give up, those ones are too small to understand how big
you are ;). Make cosplay is always a challenge and in much time you will have
incidentals with the costume.
Try to do the best you can, but donít blame yourself if something donít get into
the way you wish to, you will always make better if keep doing and trying. Honor
the persons at your side, the really good friends, the ones who likes and the
ones who loves you, they will always help as they can. And donít forget the best
part of all, get fun!!!"
17- Have you anything you want to share with our readers?
"In first I would like to thank Sara and laracroftcosplay.com to gave me
this opportunity to share this questions with you all! Itís was a really
pleasure to answer and share my experiences. Thanks Sara, youíre amazing! Sheíd
brought a lot of cosplayers closer, that now she created a world just for us,
helping each other, and shesís a great cosplayer too!
I always love to cosplay Lara, but I have to stopped for a while, unfortunately
now Iím unstable and a lot of things happened. But I will be back for sure soon
as I can!
Feel free to talk with me anything about cosplay, music or anything you want to
know that I can answer.
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