Retirement can become rather dull for many senior citizens: there's not a lot to do, and it tends to become repetitive and boring. But not to Marina Badianova, a 58-year-old from St. Petersburg, who's very active in creating her own cosplays with the help of a few talented photographers. By now, she has done dozens of cosplays in the themes of steampunk, history, folklore, and fairy tales, and she even revealed that some of her outfits haven't even been tested yet!

It all started when she had to pick out clothes for her daughter’s photo session. She really enjoyed the process, and she began to dress up for such occasions. The stylish lady once went home in her boho-style clothes, and a young photographer came up to her to ask for a photo of her. She was excited and also terrified, as she didn't know what she was doing. So she decided to get some experience. She went to one of the photo sessions, and enjoyed success. From that point onwards, she dove deep into the hobby.

It was back in 2015. Over the last six years, she has been a pirate, an empress, a duchess, an old hag, a witch, a villager, a badass steampunk lady, and many other roles. The former student of Yulia Sobolevskaya "International Center for Cinema Professions" film school shows quite a talent for it. Marina creates the props and costumes herself. Not only does she sew, she also teaches others free of charge. She sources her own materials from second-hand stores and flea markets. Her favorite market is on Udelnaya, where she avows that you can find treasures for a penny.

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Paul Budhram
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5 months ago

PUPPER

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Marina has made quite a few friends in the cosplay community. She says that young cosplayers bring positive energy into her life and give her some tips about posing and other stuff. She's very happy that this hobby gives her a chance to socialize with people who appreciate what she's doing.

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Aisha La Gatta Pelirroja
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5 months ago (edited)

She's not McGonagall all of you young people! ;) She's a perfect Granny Weatherwax! :)

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just your average introvert
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5 months ago

she looks so young, like a mother

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She even had a minor role in a historical drama thanks to her cosplays. She played a flower woman who had a flower basket by her. She enjoyed the experience immensely. All in all, it goes to show that life isn't over at retirement age, and Marina Badianova is a prime example of the joys one can have at that stage of life. Good for her!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

I love every about this picture!!

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just your average introvert
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5 months ago

yeahh do u boo!!

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Lorelai Kelly
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5 months ago

Genie in a bottle

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Windkissed
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5 months ago

Phenomenal detail!!

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Witch Queen from Snow White?

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Lillian Fay
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5 months ago

I would totally watch this movie

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elizabeth
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5 months ago

You absolute legend.

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Eggplanto
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5 months ago

das kewl~

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Birgit Merkentrup
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5 months ago

I really love this!!!

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just your average introvert
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5 months ago

look at them!!! awwww

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Windkissed
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5 months ago

Beautiful dress.

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Ella Greenman
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5 months ago

THe KInDlY OnEs (To meh pjo fans)

Weloveagoodmeme
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5 months ago

YoU mEaN tHe FaTeS

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Seabeast
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5 months ago

The three fates?

Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

The Three Fates I'm guessing.

Nerds All the Way Down
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5 months ago

the fates?

JuJu
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5 months ago

Urd, Verdandi and and Skuld

Ryan Deschanel
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5 months ago

The three Moirai?

Riolu Claw
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2 months ago

girl in the middle looks so uncomfortable

John Augsburger
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5 months ago

The webs, the cutting three viragos, (good word Virago, misused), but too many eyes, they have to share one between the three. Bloody Greeks, I recon it's all about plot points, more than religion.

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Savannah Daub
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5 months ago

How regal

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Birgit Merkentrup
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5 months ago

Just beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

"Don't worry, I won't tell them I'm your mother."

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Birgit Merkentrup
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5 months ago

Wow!

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Beautiful costumes, magical setting.

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Windkissed
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5 months ago

The sets are so authentic.

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Whimsy
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5 months ago

She looks so young in this one!

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Spirit of Autumn, perhaps?

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Kelly Hall
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5 months ago

Wow - I love seeing people take their efforts to a consistently high level! So interesting!

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TimeyStuff 1,200
Community Member
5 months ago

Half-elf ranger (or something)

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Eggplanto
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5 months ago

lookin sharp

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Glynna Bowood
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this but it SO needs a necklace to set it off!

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PeachPossum
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5 months ago

She reminds me of Emma Thompson in these photos.

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Ah, Yorick, I miss you.

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Death comes a'calling.

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