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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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.
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!