Fitness model and actress Alyssa Loughran is back in action, and we’re celebrating her return with this iconic Tomb Raider cosplay!
Lady Lara Croft is known for her historical knowledge, sharp wit, physical prowess, and her resilience. Though the classic and often admired video game character has been cosplayed by many, it takes someone of equal resilience to put action into the character.
Since Lara Croft’s debut in 1996’s ‘Tomb Raider’, the character has been a staple role model of strong, independent female characters. She rides harder than the boys, thinks smarter, and is always two steps ahead. The character caught the hearts of players around the world, and a powerhouse franchise was born that has endured for over 25 years and shows no signs of stopping.
The most amazing story of resilience in Tomb Raider cosplays is the story of Alyssa Loughran.
“From party-loving student to bikini athlete, Alyssa Loughran worked hard to transform her lifestyle and physique to become a fitness icon.
She began her journey while still in college after becoming unhappy with her appearance. She’s since won and placed highly in various competitions, alongside an appearance in a short-film.” –GreatestPhysiques
“Alyssa has taught us to take action if we aren’t happy with something. She entered the gym and started weight lifting after becoming unhappy with her body, and sculpted an incredible physique.
One thing we can take away from Alyssa is that you should never be afraid of trying new things – Alyssa’s friends entered her into a fitness competition and she made the most of the experience, walking away with a trophy.” –GreatestPhysiques
Alyssa became prolific in the world of cosplay fitness, portraying a dynamic range of characters and always using her physique to bring them to life. With her energetic action poses and gorgeous expressions, each character pops off the screen and looks like a movie still.
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Alyssa Loughran as Power Girl
And today we’re celebrating one of her strongest, most fierce cosplays–Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft.
Alyssa’s strong lines, action-filled poses, and fierce expressions bring Lara Croft to life with her Tomb Raider cosplay. Partnered with the strategic angles and gorgeous editing work of Jeff Zoet, each image tells a story and flares with life. This is a fabulous and visually stunning cosplay partnership that we cannot get enough of. These images are a strong advocate for fitness modeling, showcasing exactly what the human body can do when in peak shape. Alyssa makes these poses look EASY.
“I make my own luck.”
“The world is full of unanswered questions, beyond all limits or reason… the answers await.”
“From this moment, every breath you take is a gift from me.”
“The line between our myths and truth is fragile and blurry.”
“A scar means I survived.”
“I’ve simplified your payroll and now, if you don’t mind, I’ll streamline your inventory.”
“Everything lost is meant to be found.”
“The extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.”
“I hate tombs!”
~Join us next week for more cosplay coverage~
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Jennifer aka “Mayhem’s Muse” is the Cosplay Editor for BoLS and manages Ad Sales and Communications. Her cosplay awards include the RTX Judge’s Choice Award and Dragon’s Lair Austin’s Cosplay Symposium.
Jennifer has been a Cosplay Guest Judge at RTX, Tacticon and Genghis Con in Colorado. She regularly attends conventions to cover cosplay for BoLS. Her cosplay work has been featured in publications such as Girls Who Love Monsters, Geek Fuel, and Renaissance Magazine. Jennifer has modeled in the Her Universe Fashion Show, Precision Camera’s yearly Precision Camera University, and has taught several workshops for photographers about partnering with cosplayers and creative muses/models.
Jennifer is a lifelong enthusiast of retro video games and loves Dungeons & Dragons, urban fantasy, tabletop games, VR technology, and historical archery. She has set National Records through USA Archery’s Traditional Division for Asiatic Bows and earned 4th Place in the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 for Women’s Korean Archery. Jennifer is currently studying for her Masters’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.