Lucy Clarkson (2000)

Lucy Clarkson Full Name: Lucy Clarkson
Date Of Birth: June 7, 1983
Place Of Birth: Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK
Height: 5'11"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Vitals: 32DD-25-36
Weight: 140 Lbs.
Profession: Model

It was Lucy Clarkson’s father who first sensed the possibilities. "You’d make a great Lara Croft" he said to his daughter as he took in yet another media appearance by the world’s number one cyber icon. A year later it was Eidos Interactive’s turn to recognise that the model from Rotherham in Yorkshire had the requisite attitude, looks and - let’s face it - physical dimensions to fill the star of the Tomb Raider series’ famous boots. Lucy, of course, is thrilled.

As Lara Croft, she will travel the world and be feted wherever she goes. She’ll also become an instant cover girl - something most models never achieve. But, perhaps best of all for Lucy is the fact that, as Lara, she can be as curvy as nature intended. Another rarity in the stick-thin world of modelling. Not that Lucy, a no-nonsense Northern girl, ever had much truck with this kind of body fascism.

She says: "I’d been in South Africa on a modelling job and they’d told me to lose weight. I didn’t fancy that so I was on my way home. And that was when I got the call telling me I was the new Lara. It was such fantastic news. It’s such a high profile job - and one of the few that lets you keep your boobs and bum."

Lucy’s modelling career began when her mum entered her in an Elite Model Agency competition hosted by a national newspaper and a toothpaste manufacturer. With no prior experience at all, Lucy was named one of the 12 winners out of 16,000 wannabes.

It didn’t take long for the work to pour in. As a tall, shapely girl Lucy became a favourite of maverick British designer Vivienne Westwood. She was also kept busy with lingerie and swimwear shoots. Lucy finds them preferable to fashion work for one very good reason. "They pay the best money!" she says.

For Lucy, the cash and the travel are the best facets of a modelling career. And the worst? "Without doubt, other models. They can be unbelievably bitchy. In all the time I’ve been working I’ve made friends with two of them. Mostly I prefer the men," she says.

In fact, one lucky male model is now Lucy’s boyfriend. And, double bonus for him, he’s a huge fan of Tomb Raider. "He’s obsessed with games and loves Lara. Well, now he’s got a Lara of his own!" she says. Whether Lucy will indulge his fantasies by donning the costume on her days off is another matter!

What’s the question you are most often asked when you are ‘in character’ as Lara?
Do you get to have guns? Yes, I do have a good pair of guns and they’re a fantastic way to scare men off.

Have you had many requests for dates from Lara fans?
I have them lining up at the front door asking to see me, for my autograph, it’s like being famous. But it’s not that exciting for me, as they are mostly between the ages of 8-10.

When you ‘act Lara’ do you imagine you are really her, or is it just putting on an outfit?
When you put the outfit on, it’s like "Stars in their Eyes" and I am transformed into ‘Lara Croft’, its so amazing. Its like a dream, she’s such an intelligent and sexy person to be and I just love being her.

What is the toughest thing about portraying the virtual Heroine Lara Croft?
Squeezing into my rubber second skin, when I first tried it on, it was almost impossible, but now having had plenty of practice you get kind of used to it. It’s worth it anyway.

What do you do in your spare time?
I go horseriding, I know it sounds boring but I enjoy it. I love going bowling with my boyfriend but I can never beat him. I work out quite a lot, its essential when being Lara Croft. Most of all I love going shopping with my Mum and Sister and treating them now and again.

Is Lara Croft a good role model for women — or just a curvy fantasy for gamers?
I think she’s a fantastic role model because she is not only curvy and sexy, she’s independent, very bright and knows what she wants in life.

What’s the oddest thing that has happened to you as Lara? Ever met anybody who couldn’t separate fantasy from reality?
E3 completely blew my mind. I’ve never met so many men that are obsessed with Lara Croft.

Do you have a boyfriend? If so, what does he think of you being Lara Croft?
I do have a boyfriend, and he’s also a model, so he can appreciate that it’s a fantastic job.

Do you think Angelina Jolie will make a good Lara in the movie? Will you be in it?
Yes, Angelina Jolie will be a fantastic Lara Croft, …No I won’t be in it.

How do you feel about instant celebrity — and hordes of admiring men?
That’s what I am here for, to make fans happy and do the best I can.

You’re the youngest ever Lara Croft is that ever weird?
No I think it’s great, it gives people something else to talk about.

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