It’s the dream of many a cosplayer: their outfit is so good that not only does it get them noticed, it actually gets them a job helping to promote the title they’re pretending to be a part of. That’s what’s happened to Russian Anna Moleva, who made such a good Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinity, that Irrational Games has hired her for adverts and to be the official face of the game.
“We were so amazed by her dedication and her resemblance to Elizabeth that we decided to ask her if she’d like to be involved in helping bring Elizabeth to life in our box, our key art and our upcoming television ad,” Irrational’s Ken Levine said.
“Today we are very pleased and delighted to announce that Anna is the official face of Elizabeth. We also hope to have her make special appearances at select events as well so keep a look out.”
According to MCVUK, Anna has been into cosplaying for some time. Her previous creations include Alice Madness Returns and Wonder Woman.
“As soon as I saw her, I knew I HAD to do it,” Moleva confessed. “I love the first two parts of BioShock, so ever since Infinite was announced I followed the promotion campaign. Then when Liz’s appearance was finalized – and I saw what I think is a remarkable resemblance between us – I as a cosplayer couldn’t just ignore it.
“It was really hard, because cosplay isn’t just about recreating the appearance. It’s about acting, portraying the character as a whole. At the moment, we knew very little – almost nothing – about her as a character. So I’m really glad that everything worked out for me.
“The photos weren’t intended for public viewing. I was making the costume for our annual computer game exhibition, and those first photos were made just to show the costume and to apply to the exhibition. But when I saw the results I couldn’t help posting them for everyone to see. Immediately I was bombarded with requests to post more photos, but I didn’t have any more! I had to re-shoot the costume a week later.”