Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Angel of DarknessLara Croft is a fictional character and the protagonist of Eidos Interactive's (now Square Enix Europe) Tomb Raider video game series. Created by Toby Gard during his employment at Core Design, the character has also appeared in comic books, novels, a series of animated short films, and feature films. Lara Croft has been licensed for third-party promotion, including television and print advertisements, music-related appearances, and as a spokesmodel. Promotion of the character includes a brand of apparel and accessories, action figures, and model portrayals. Lara Croft is presented as a beautiful, intelligent, athletic, and somewhat reckless English archaeologist-adventurer who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider has been portrayed in two feature films by Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie. Prior to the film, she was not a fan of the character. However, Jolie considered the role as a "big responsibility", stating that high expectations from fans resulted in anxiety. Producer Lawrence Gordon felt she was a perfect fit for the role. Jolie braided her hair and used minimal padding to increase her bust a cup size to 36D for the role. Jolie trained rigorously for the action scenes required, occasionally sustaining injuries. Despite the poor reception of the second film, "Cradle of Life," Paramount has remained open to releasing a third one although a reboot with a younger actress is expected.

Since Tomb Raider's inception, several models have been officially hired to portray Lara Croft at publicity events, promotions, trade shows, and photo shoots. Nathalie Cook was the first model, and portrayed the character from 1996 to 1997. Rhona Mitra from 1997 to 1998. At this point, Eidos updated the Lara Croft costume to more accurately match its depiction in the video games. Fashion model Nell McAndrew portrayed Lara Croft from 1998 until 1999 when Eidos fired her for posing in Playboy. Lara Weller followed McAndrew from 1999 to 2000. Subsequent models were Lucy Clarkson from 2000 to 2002, Jill de Jong from 2002 to 2004, Karima Adebibe from 2006 to 2008, and as of 2008 gymnast Alison Carroll.

Lara Croft also continues to be a popular cosplay costume at various conventions.

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