By Liana Jacob
MEET the sexy Italian who has turned her comic book obsession into a career that helped her find love and has now taken social media by storm with nearly 70K Instagram followers.
Sassy pictures of cosplayer, Ambra Pazzani (24), from Rome, Italy, reveal her transform into the female lead of the Spiderman franchise, Mary-Jane, and Wonder Woman.
Other pictures show her looking the spitting image of Cleopatra while others show her as various Manga/Marvel characters such as Black Cat, Catwoman Yamashitaa and Christmas Soraka.
While this lifestyle was initially a hobby, Ambra has discovered her true passion of bringing her favourite comic book characters to life through cosplay.
“A group of friends asked me to be their Orochimaru from Naruto for a cosplay group at Romics (a convention in Rome) in 2012,” she said.
“I tried it and I enjoyed it; in 2013 an association saw my X-23 cosplay and asked me to work with them and my costumes, so here I am doing just that.
“You can be any character you like; cosplay is interpretation, so you can forget all your daily weird outfits and wigs, considering that the whole cosplay community does the same thing. You become part of a great big family.
“I always ask myself; what should I do to achieve a particular result, then I try to do it. During the years, I have learnt how to use new materials and techniques to make and style wigs and create looks with makeup.
“Creating looks myself is cheaper than asking someone else to do them, but each material has a different price. You can pay about eighteen to twenty pounds for fabrics and other materials or nearly one-hundred pounds.
“I saw a job opportunity based on what was a hobby for me; something I deeply loved, so I met people from all over the world thanks to this community and I had the possibility to travel a lot.”
With her new career came in a surge of followers on Instagram and Ambra now has over 68,000 fans on social media.
“My followers really appreciate when I cosplay comic characters; I think that my somatic traits are more similar to a Marvel or DC characters than a manga one. I create the costumes I like, but it is a great satisfaction when my work is appreciated,” she said.
“It has made me discover the possibilities of tailoring and what I’d like to do in the future. It made me met my boyfriend, who often leads cosplay contests here in Italy – sometimes while I’m part of the jury – so I couldn’t be happier.
“I feel like I have grown up a lot in the last few years, above all in my personal life, and it all began with cosplay.
“I still have to learn many things about materials for crafting costumes, sometimes things don’t come up like you have imagined them. But I’m not losing my hope to improve myself.”
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