Strong is sexy, says Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander says it is wonderful that the female action hero no longer needs to flaunt her sexuality

Show actress Alicia Vikander a picture of what Lara Croft looked like in the early days and she will point out the game character's "pixelated pointy breasts".

When the video game was launched in 1996, the heroine of the title boasted proportions clearly aimed at heterosexual men, who constituted the majority of players then. That gambit worked and the game sold over seven million copies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline ''Strong is sexy''. Print Edition | Subscribe