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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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:iconangryclam445:
angryclam445 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  New Deviant
HOT!!!
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:iconsegura2112:
segura2112 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Love!! Thank You 
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:icongalehad:
Galehad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did you (or your photographers) achieve the warm green/yellow light? 
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
If there were any female warriors in old times, im pretty sure they wouldn't look like they bought their armor from Victoria's secret
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh hun, if you think you can purchase something like this from Victoria's Secret, that would heavily suggest that you've never once set foot in a Victoria's Secret. Also it would heavily suggest that you didn't read the description, which explains the underlying background of the image, which was designed to emulate a popular genre of speculative fiction, that was popular in the 1970's & 1980's, which drew it's influences from the Barsoon series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs originally written in the turn of the last century.

Also for the record Enyo the Greek goddess of war was classically depicted in mythology as not wearing armour, she wore next to nothing, being that she was a goddess, not a soldier. Heck even the classic statues of Bellona, the Roman version of Enyo is depicted as nearly completely nude, all but for a war helm.
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
Too long; didn't read- i think i got my point across just fine thanks
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Too long; didn't read- i think i got my point across just fine thanks"

Translation:
"Read every word of it, can't figure out how to refute it, I'll just pretend I didn't read it but totally could have refuted it if I wanted to, no one will ever see thru that clever ruse"
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
Also don't assume I'm dumb just because i chose not to humor your salty little rant there. I'm entitled to not like it and I'm damn sure going to say something about it. Plenty of people are crazy about this, so I'm pretty sure the model and/or costume designer won't feel bad about one negative comment.
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Also don't assume I'm dumb just because i chose not to humor your salty little rant there."

Translation: "Damn it, he's on to me. He knows I read everything he wrote, but couldn't refute it. Maybe if I pretend what he wrote was a rant he'll not notice." 

"I'm entitled to not like it"

Translation: "Maybe if I pretend it's an issue of subjective dislike, rather than me simply being wrong about statements I made, he'll not notice that I'm desperately trying to obfuscate that fact."

"Plenty of people are crazy about this, so I'm pretty sure the model and/or costume designer won't feel bad about one negative comment."

Translation: "I know, I'll pretend my statements aren't objectively wrong, by pointing out that other people like this image & since other people like tis image, it's like my incorrect statements were never incorrect at all. I wonder if he's buying it? Hmmm, doesn't look like it, maybe if I write a second comment where I continue to pretend I can address the points he made if I wanted to, but never actually doing so."
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
Again, tl:dr. Quit trolling.
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
Whatever helps you sleep at night. I stopped reading when i saw cited eras this was from. I really don't care, i just think it's an overblown costume
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Whatever helps you sleep at night. I stopped reading when i saw cited eras this was from. I really don't care, i just think it's an overblown costume"

Translation: "Hmmmmm, maybe if I double down in to my denial of having read this, he'll believe me this time? Yep, because if someone doesn't believe me the first time I use a poor non-argument clearly they'll believe it the second time I try exactly the same argument, while accidentally admitting that I read it."
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:iconphilling-blanks:
philling-blanks Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clap Supa Hot Fire! 
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:iconfatzjinxx:
FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
No need to explain.This is art,nothing more.Love 
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:iconwolflordss:
WolfLordss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Student General Artist
Art is pretty. This is not pretty.
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IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconschnarre:
schnarre Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
...Enchanting!! :love: 
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:iconlitha-the-black-cat:
litha-the-black-cat Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
me tiene chata esta mina, le da con las tetas, tiene una obsesion igual que los faperos. Sus trajes no son ni tan buenos si no fuese porque muestra los props que se mando a hacer con el cirujano...se ve deforme
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RealWriterX Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I shall first give much praise to the quality of the photographs, costume and props! The poses are also rather nice.

And, here comes the "But". The "But" (surprisingly enough perhaps) is in regards to the title of photographs. The costume/clothes do not make me think of "War". Closer to seduction or beauty. The dagger, in turn, makes me think of "Shadowy" actions (so, something that could go in line with Seduction).

If I were to say what this would make me think of is a "Goddess of Serpents". A deity/being that is in equal parts beautiful and alluring while also deadly and dangerous. It might be a very "bland" and "unoriginal" idea, but at the same time what I see here is not a Goddess of War. The Mace, especially, seems out of place, a spear might had been a more interesting choice.

And while, yes, some people might say that these photograph are inappropriate, I would still say they are far better than what I usually see on the Deviantart frontpage.
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SettomBOCKsARTs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
War makes stuff torn. 
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:iconhorticulous:
Horticulous Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no, boobs! What will this do to the children!?

Sarcasm aside, I like the design. We are inundated with costumes designed to be sexy through exposure so it's refreshing to see exposure with more nuance to it's purpose.
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:iconsweetdreamz12:
sweetdreamz12 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
YAYA is HOT HOT!!!
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:iconmephisth-mitsuru:
Mephisth-Mitsuru Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Tetas de plástico!
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:iconlitha-the-black-cat:
litha-the-black-cat Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
esos props deben haberle costado caros pero no los hizo ella...devalua todo el cosplay ya que es lo unico que le fascina mostrar
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Mephisth-Mitsuru Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
Me tiene podrido, es invasiva, desde hace años que estoy cansado de verla pero aparece por todos lados. es una china fea y lo peor es que es artificial. Las tetas se las ha pagado el novio millonario como todos los cosplays comprados que viste. A ver cuando madura y se dedica a otra cosa a si no tengo que volver a verla nunca mas.
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:icondowelljessica:
dowelljessica Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful!!
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:icongodlyjewel:
GodlyJewel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
this is really pretty! I particularly like the headpiece and skirt.
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:icontenten110:
Tenten110 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shame to those who mistake photos like this as pornographic since they see the exposed woman's body as something sexual
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:iconlitha-the-black-cat:
litha-the-black-cat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
because she expose her female body as a sexual object...so...?
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:icontenten110:
Tenten110 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh no? :'D 
First of all - the body of a woman is NOT a sexual object. She is NOT making any sexual poses. Ergo - nothing sexual about this. :)
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:icondeejayzephyr:
DeeJayZephyr Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please flag mature content properly for people browsing the front page.
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:iconbloodredfullmoon:
BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is properly (not) flagged. Read the rules.
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:iconimaginarymusiclover:
imaginarymusiclover Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only sexual content requires a filter. If people are unable to handle boons then they shouldn’t be in here
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:iconkizzyanel:
KizzyAnel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
These are beautiful. I appreciate the creation notes and explanations from an artist to artist standpoint and the behind-the-scenes perspective. 

I feel you on paying too much money for just the right fabrics for you to shred haha and the jewelry and tidbits for what is largely a personal project, but the final product is worth it, no? 

I'm sorry that these images need explanation; that they cannot just be taken at face value because unfortunately at face value I fear they would be taken as nothing more than titillation. That you had to wait 2 years to share them, that you have to explain that it was because the public wouldn't understand (and some won't) that you had to use an old watermark and explain that you realize how naked you are when you aren't by 'the internet's standards' where a woman can't show her nipples but a man can and even if we go by those rules we are still just creating lewds for lewd sake, that you had to provide production notes so that those who question would feel that you had brains behind this or that even you had to do it with you "most trusted photographer friends" because there is danger otherwise. 

I appreciate that you shared these, I appreciate the explanation, I'm sorry you felt it necessary to provide the production notes for more than just the sake of providing production notes for the curious, and I commend your bravery and artistry. Thank you for sharing and your contributions to this community.
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
O my gosh, this is so beautiful.
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:iconmasterjohn18:
MasterJohn18 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
stunning
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:iconcandy-l-lan:
Candy-L-Lan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Amazingly gorgeous
Love the sunlight shimmering on the costume, this is epic stuff
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:iconhartmic3:
hartmic3 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Beautiful... I looked at it and first thought of  Dejah ThorisPrincess of Helium.
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:iconlowwlyy666:
lowwlyy666 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
PERFECT Love Love 
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Al-Ocramed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
The only thing I would have added would be more ancient Greek armament to the scene somehow, since "Enyo" is a Greek war goddess.  BTW, considering how long Yaya has been a professional cosplayer, I seriously doubt that there is anything left to cosplay, other than original pieces.
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:iconmirageii:
MirageII Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
I think you nailed the whole Heavy Metal vibe. I was a big fan of the mag back in the '70s. Very nice job.
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:icontcparacelsus:
tcparacelsus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
pretty cool
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:iconroot-for-theunderdog:
root-for-theUNDERDOG Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
I've noticed a lot of old posts becoming popular again recently, I love how this eight year old photo is suddenly back on trending. Not complaining, just find it interesting. :heart: you Yaya!
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wawful Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COVER THAT UP
*put on tiny things*
PERFECT NOW IT SUITABLE FOR SMOL CHILD
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:iconimaginarymusiclover:
imaginarymusiclover Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
smol child doesnt belong on DA.
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:icontornados-heart:
Tornados-Heart Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
anyone can be on DA!
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone can be on an 18+ porn site too, but that's not a flaw of the site, it's a lack of parental oversight & that's not an issue for the platform, that's a poor parenting issue.
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Tornados-Heart Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah I can see that
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:iconimaginarymusiclover:
imaginarymusiclover Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then why does the DA rules say that you have to be at least 13 to have an account then genius?
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