Rita came to me with the idea of transforming herself into the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet earlier this year, and of course I was super excited about the character and creativity! She created her costume bringing several pieces together including a Egyptian necklace, costume wig, lioness ears by a local crafter, and a partial prosthetic lioness face. Here is a photo of the prosthetic and makeup process (image to left).
Sekhmets goddess story is pretty interesting… here is the gist of it:
“Attributes: A sun goddess. She represents the scorching, burning, destructive heat of the sun. She was a fierce goddess of war, the destroyer of the enemies of Ra and Osiris. Her temper was uncontrollable. In the legend of Ra and Hathor, Sekhmet’s anger became so great, she would have destroyed all of mankind if Ra had not taken pity on us. He tricked her by dyeing beer blood-red which she drank believing it to be human blood and became drunk. She soon forgot her anger and we were saved from destruction.” (copied from http://www.egyptartsite.com/sekmet.html)
Model: Rita C. Morgan, co-owner of http://www.croneshollow.com/, Ears: Mellisa Millward of Steamhead Cafe, Makeup and Photography: Renee Keith