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Enyo: Goddess of War by yayacosplay Enyo: Goddess of War by yayacosplay
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I'll start off by saying that this photoshoot took place 2 years ago (October 2008) and I did not release these photos until tonight because I wasn't sure if the public would understand what we were going for. Hence the watermark is still my old website lol.

Yes. I am very scantly clad. Yes. I am basically just wearing shreds of fabric and very well glued on jewelry. Yes. I am near exposed. Yes. They are boobs.

The reason I did this photoshoot was not to scandalize (although I'm sure that is a by-product effect), but to pay tribute to the amazing art styles of Heavy Metal [link] and High Fantasy in the 70's and 80's.

Good fantasy (art, book, film etc.) and sensual feminine forms have always gone hand in hand. I absolutely adore the work of Luis Royo [link] and have in the past saluted him with my Battle Angel [link] images [link] This time I wanted to create a theme around the Greek Goddess of War, Enyo [link] Terrible yet beautiful, bloodthirsty yet mesmerizing.

I created the outfit within a week, being inspired by Luis Royo [link] and John Carter's Princess of Mars [link] using light airy fabrics in creme and sage colors. I did a lot of fabric shredding and ripping, wove braids of fabrics and tied random pieces together. I spent way too much money on materials and time on making the headpieces and jewelry accessories. You can see a close-up of the headpieces here: [link]
Brian Boling created the gold collar out of plastic and I decorated it with chains and crystals.

As usual, I did my own makeup and styling.

Weapons were kindly loaned to us by friends.

I shot with my two most trusted photographer friends - Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling. You'll see a difference in their styles of photography as well as the fact that Brian shot digital, and Kevin shot on film. I love different qualities about each and was grateful to have both very talented and creative artists collaborating with me on this shoot.

This shot was by Brian Boling. The next two are Kevin Stewart's work.
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Thank you Luis Royo!
ILikeCommas Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You had a LOT of weapons to go with this.
great concept for the tributie of the 70's art. I do love the artwork in the Heavy Metal magizines so I do understand what you were trying to acomplise. very lovley costume as well.
TheHappyThrasher Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Regal and strong! It's your one way ticket to midnight! Call it, Heavy Metal!
TheSliverCross Apr 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing and stunning work. I love the outfit not because its sexy but it looks awesome and well made.
deviatedone Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I gotta say that I love the set of pictures, and also that it's not just because you're really freaking sexy.
Hesher187 Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you get any hotter?, this is ridiculous! ( in a good way) ;)
you have some of the most beautiful cosplay costumes i have ever seen!
I think you did an amazing cosplay here. This one and the third are my favorites of the set. I like the third better because of the chains and sword, but this one has better light for you and is less grainy.
agree with what you wrote above.
the cosplay is very nice :clap: and respect the fact that you put your body on display ... is not the case to be shocked. :)
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