such a high-
Though only a teenager, Lucy has perfected the PR one-liner, the conversational equivalent of "Game Over". Her simplicity is daunting. She unreservedly loves being a cartoon fantasy chick, an icon of lust. "Thats what Im here for," she says. "To make Laras fans happy and to do the best I can to represent her.
"I think shes a fantastic role model because shes not only curvy and sexy, shes independent, very bright and she knows what she wants in life," Lucy gushes. "In a way Im very much like Lara, strong and active."
Lucys alter-ego has infiltrated even her love life. Her male model boyfriend is a huge Tomb Raider fan. "Hes obsessed with games and loves Lara. Well, now hes got a Lara of his own!" she explains.
But doesnt she worry that its Lara he wants, the gun-totin, bra-bustin action woman? "No!" she writes, her email dripping with indignant exclamation marks. "Why should he be infatuated with the icon when hes got a real Lara Croft of his own?!!!"
Because, dear child, you are not Lara. Especially not to your beloved, who should cherish Lucy Clarkson from Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK. He should appreciate the little girl who entered the Elite Model Agency competition and won, who got swept up in the great media mill and is maybe, just maybe, forgetting who she is.
She can not, however, forget what she is 511, 140lbs, 32DD-25-36, brown hair, brown eyes as Eidos proudly displays her charms. "Perhaps best of all for Lucy," the press release brags, "is that fact that, as Lara, she can be as curvy as nature intended. Another rarity in the stick-thin world of modeling."
The company also boasts of Lucys disdain for body fascism. "Id been in South Africa on a modeling job and theyd told me to lose weight. I didnt 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. Its such a high-profile job and one that lets you keep your boobs and bum."
Now, the sentiment here is good, unless youre a hard-line feminist angry at objectification of womens bodies. But hey, most of us have or at least deeply appreciate boobs and bums. Healthy bodies should be promoted, a fact womens magazines, like Marie Claire, are just discovering.
But why did Lara have to go all three-dimensional? I liked her better as an over-blown, console dream-girl. Men crave erotic images and thats exactly what she delivered: a heady cocktail of sex and danger. But the fantasy was all neatly contained, frozen in the pixels and programming, and certainly not muddled up with a lovely brainwashed girl from Yorkshire, who thinks its all "fantastic!"
Lucy Clarkson is sweet 16. Right now, shes happy to be pigeon-holed as Lara (thinks its "fantastic!" in fact). "My dream would be to go into TV work and also to carry on modeling," she says.
Yet 16 is not so very old. Maybe shell grow out of Laras boots.
Now that really would be fantastic!
be infatuated with
the icon when hes
got a real Lara Croft
of his own?!!!"
images and that
exactly what Lara
delivered: a heady
cocktail of sex
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