For what feels like over ten years, the Pink Fuel body has been my absolute go-to. Somehow I managed to pair it successfully with a variety of bodies and mesh heads. Lately, skin creators seem to focus more on designing just head skins and suggest we find body skins from other brands like Velour. But I’ve kept up, even matching the most recent head skins to my trusted Pink Fuel body.
However, the other day, I felt the urge to try something new for my body skin. What I discovered was fascinating; Second Life brands have outdone themselves. The array of tattoo layer enhancements is staggering. They range from the usual details like wrinkles and body shadows to the more unique ones, including pregnancy looks and scars.
The Maitreya Lara body is nearly a decade old and it’s still going strong. Despite other bodies on the grid looking quite good, I’m kind of loyal to the Maitreya body because I like the body shape and the HUD. If you own the Lara body, wear the HUD and hit the redelivery button to get the free update.
So what’s all the rage about LaraX? My first impression is that I really like the new smaller shoulders. The other updates are not that noticeable to me, so even though Maitreya says to consider this a whole new body, it’s basically the same body with some tweaks. However, the change is enough that most items created for Lara will no longer fit. You can always switch back and forth between the two body versions as needed.
The mesh of the LaraX body is also smoother and more defined. The geometry has a better flow, resulting in a rounder and softer body. LaraX has:
Rounder wrists and ankles
More defined groin area
Because of these changes to the weights and to the mesh, content made for Lara will most often not fit LaraX. LaraX should be considered a new body, requiring content that has been made in her specific size and with her specific weights.
We will keep offering the original Lara body (V5.3) alongside the LaraX body. They will come together in the package. So that you can switch between them according to your needs.
What’s included in the Maitreya Mesh Body LaraX package? A lot! I was pleasantly surprised to find mesh lingerie from Addams, Blueberry, and Velour included. There are also body parts mods included for Appliers and Bakes on Mesh (BoM).