I’ve yet to meet an avatar that didn’t have extreme interest in their appearance! Countless hours and unknown amounts of $$ spent on making your character “just right.” Just like our Real Life appearance – there are so many ways to display ourselves.
I’m no different than the other avis – perhaps even worse!
One of the appeals for virtual activity is the opportunity to take on any shape you want. You can be a dragon, pirate, princess, squirrel, runway model, super-hero, or even try to duplicate your RL skin! You can change your mind daily – the virtual creators provide an incredible variety of choices. Even like this random visitor to Astoria SL in 2009….
Perhaps because I’m not interested in Role Play, I want my avatar to look like a female human. I’m sure I’m not alone with my first noobie goals – to be as sexy as possible! Shiny and sparkly, blinging my way through the metaverse with the shortest skirt and the highest stilettos possible! When I look back, it’s like seeing my RL photos from the 80’s..the bad hair, the ridiculous shoulder pads and the shoes! Eeeek! What was I thinking?
I couldn’t agree more with the endless discussions about avatar overcompensation. Unrealistic females with legs too long, waists too narrow and breasts too large – and the guys with shoulders much too wide for their waist and hips, then quads bursting their pants! And height?? OMG, height! Heights are soaring! It took a few months, at least, before I started noticing this – and even then, it was “other avatars” that did that…not moi!
Eventually I think we all find that gadget that translates your avi height to RL height – were you as surprised as I was to discover a giant?? LOL Promptly I brought my avi height down to something more like RL! …and then discovered I was a midget compared to everyone around me. *sigh* I’ve yet to figure out how to get everyone to do it MY way!
Ultimately I settled for something in between realistic and average. Then I aspired to create a more…full figured avi – something less like Barbie. I didn’t feel the need to make her have my RL shape (hahahaha) (Ha!) – but I also didn’t want her to be a typical overly perfect shape.
This was the first look I was rather happy with. I then became fond of wearing reading glasses, up-dos and then wild curly hair!
I never did get the more “average” size/shape I’d hoped for – though, on more occasions than I can count, I was complimented for not being too skinny! (my RL ego thinks twice about that sort of compliment!)
I probably kept this look the longest (2008-2009)- thinking it gave me the sexy and smart look – lol, it’s absolutely AMAZING how attached we become to our avatar! (btw, the photo is shot in a garden loft I’d created. I loved the pond, the arches (thanks Mike Hamlin!) and the great collection of antiques I’d collected. It is missed!)
Of course, I’ve changed the cover on my book/avi yet again – (which I’ll surely show in future post) and ya know, I am beginning to think you CAN judge my SL book by it’s cover!