Interview with a booth babe

So we were in a San Francisco bar not so long ago and we got talking to this rather lovely lady called Yvonna. Turns out Yvonna runs a company called Charisma +2, an agency that provides models for gaming tradeshows, events and conventions. Like next week's E3, for example. As well as being gorgeous and lovely, the 100+ models at Charisma +2 all know their stuff when it comes to video games. Because gaming and sexy are two of our favourite things, we absolutely knew that GamesRadar and Charisma +2 had to get together. And what better way to get acquainted than with a few civil questions to some of C+2's booth babes (and a couple of booth dudes for the ladies)...

Click the models' names for more info and pics on each of them.

GamesRadar: How did you get into games?

Charisma +2’s Lauren (C+2’s Technical Lead): I first got into gaming at age 5 when my twin brother and I got an NES for our birthday. I have always been very fascinated by video games, and having a twin brother the competitive scene got the best of me.

Above: Lauren in succubus mode

C+2’s Ash: I did not grow up playing games except for early classic games at my friend’s house, but got hooked from playing Guitar Hero one night at a party. So Rock Band and GH were my gateway into gaming.

Above: Ash pursued by Pac-Man

GR: Besides actually playing games, are you into any of gaming's sub-cultures, like cosplay, machinima, fan art etc?

C+2’s Vera: I have been heavily into cosplay for years and ended have fans all over the world who love my TombRaider, Witchblade, BloodRayne and Heavenly Sword cosplay. I'm also a writer and film maker so I made "BloodRayne, A Fan FIlm" which is about as geeky as you can get.

Above: Vera has a thing for BloodRayne

C+2’s Jenny: I love cosplay. I enjoy going to the conventions like Fanime, Wondercon, Comic Con etc and dressing up as a character. I also do a little bit of modeling on the side. To pass time I enjoy drawing as well. It depends on my mood though.

Above: Jenny's favourite games include Chrono Trigger and Left 4 Dead

GR: How did you get the job with Charisma +2?

C+2’s Angel: At PAX 08, Yvonna was walking past me after doing a TV interview and stopped to ask if I actually played video games. We talked for a while about my favorite games and when I started playing. She told me about her company and gave me a card to apply and - TADA - I’m now a part of Charisma +2 :)

Above: Angel looking beautiful yet deadly

C+2’s Adelle: I met Yvonna in 2007 when we were both in the top 5 finalists in the Miss Video Game competition put on by Titan After months of chatting on forum boards it was wonderful to finally meet her in person and we became friends. After that she approached me and asked if I would like to become a model for her company Charisma +2 and I jumped at the chance.

Above: Look! Adelle has Marvel Super Heroes on Saturn

GR: Did you have to meet certain criteria before you were taken on, like proving your gaming credentials?

C+2’s Kelly: I already had some YouTube videos (GR: check it out - she's kicking it with Bill Gates and Slash) of what I could do on Guitar Hero and some pictures on my MySpace to show I wasn’t just some slob who never got off the couch.

Above: Kelly giving rock and roll to you with Gene Simmons

C+2’s Dana: Yvonna didn’t have to actually have me play anyone at a LAN or online because she already knew me through MLG, where I compete with Team Foxy.

Above: Dana listening to your favourite band


  • poppaburgundyx - June 8, 2009 10:22 a.m.

    Wow. Thems some of the hottest girls ive seen in my life :O Should really get myself a place in california :)
  • marshymon90 - June 1, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    i like how the writers actually used the term "current-gen" when describing the consoles, they were being called "next-gen" for way toooo long
  • spongejerk89 - June 1, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    Lauren is really "Pretty" *Heavy Breathing*
  • theevilgerbil - May 30, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    man it would be awesome to hold a conversation with some of these girls about video games, there needs to be more girls who play games! its brilliant competition, especially all the girl gamers i know are always underestimated and then totally kick ass. excellent article, see ya'll on live.
  • ImHaulinAsh - May 30, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    Lol sorry MoonPig, you will have to go through me first she is all mine :). Im glad you guys enjoyed reading it :)
  • Mavarious - May 29, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    s'weird... I do not feel at all sexually aroused or attracted to any of these girls (or the guys....). Sorta desensitized to sex-marketing nowadays like a lot of other people. I guess you could call it a weird anomaly that the marketing that was/is called sexist is actually desensitizing men/women and thus making them more comfortable around each other. Without sexual tension in the air the door is open to actually talk and develop a real, friendly relationship. Weird. Dunno if that's true, but it sounds like it could be.
  • nitrocole - May 29, 2009 11 p.m.

    Nice Article
  • rxb - May 29, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    Interesting.... If you get the chance ask them all which character they would most like to dress up as???
  • MoonPig - May 29, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    i just gotta meet ines. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM!
  • gmilf71 - May 29, 2009 3:20 a.m.

    WTF? kind of a bizarre article.
  • GamesRadarHankMotherFuckingGilbert - May 29, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    I only read this site for the articles, I swear!
  • batman5273 - May 29, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    I actually know Kat E in person. She plays gears 1&2.
  • nik41507 - May 28, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    sexy. at least some. and 11th
  • T3k - May 28, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Haha this was exciting to be able to say what we could about ourselves in the gaming community. Thanks GamesRadar! -T3k
  • Wizrai - May 28, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Bryan has some nice eyes...and Daniel looks good on that suit...but it gets kinda erotic after the page 2.
  • IceManYEA - May 28, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Thats Hot
  • MechGyver - May 28, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Great article, Charisma +2 to Matt Cundy.
  • Jordo141 - May 28, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    +1 Karma for another........ interesting article Matt.
  • erreip199 - May 28, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    All i can say is AWESOME =P id want to play with em and maybe make some new pretty friends
  • nuno004 - May 30, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    I'd like to meet some of these girls, so when I play online it wouldn't be much of sausagefest.

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