When make-up artist Rhylee Passfield made an amazing Wonder Woman costume, it won her legions of fans. And, understandably, lots of people wanted to know just how she had managed to pull off such an astonishing feat. It turned out, however, that Passfield had used some surprisingly everyday materials in the outfit’s creation…
And, as it happens, Passfield has had an artistic streak ever since she was a child. When the native of Brisbane, Australia grew up, then, it’s perhaps little wonder that she chose to embark on a creative career path. Now 22 years old, she earns her money working as a children’s entertainer and make-up artist.
However, Passfield isn’t content with just resting on her laurels when it comes to honing her talents. Indeed, as she would tell the Daily Mail in November 2017, “I have been painting and drawing since I was three years old, and I am always wanting to branch out into more areas with my artistic abilities.”
Furthermore, Passfield uses social media to document her experiments in make-up. And the decision to do so has certainly brought her to wider attention; she boasts an impressive 17,000 followers on Instagram, for instance. Furthermore, her videos have clocked up more than 40,000 views on YouTube since she joined the site in 2013.
As a result, because of her online presence, Passfield feels more popular than ever. “I was always the quiet kid in school that hung out at the art shed during lunch. I’ve never really fit in socially anywhere,” she admitted to the Daily Mail. “Doing all of these creative things makes me so, so happy.”
And on her social media accounts, Passfield posts tutorial videos of the spectacular make-up looks she creates as well as images of the final products. Among her most impressive transformations are those in which she has turned herself into Johnny Depp’s character Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series, a scary skull, and singer Lana Del Rey.
However, of all Passfield’s amazing makeovers, one has seemingly captured hearts more than any other. And in it, she’s seen having apparently metamorphosed into one of the most popular female superheroes of all time: that is, Wonder Woman.
But while the comic book character has enjoyed many reincarnations since her inception in 1941, Passfield chose to emulate her in her most recent manifestation. So, she began constructing her look around the appearance of the character that Gal Gadot plays in the 2017 Wonder Woman film.
What’s more, the Wonder Woman project may have stretched Passfield’s creative talents to the limits. Why? Well, not only did she produce the make-up look for her transformation, but she also constructed a version of the superhero’s iconic costume from scratch.
Passfield spent a total of 50 hours on her costume, in fact, as well as $22 or so. However, it’s safe to say that her efforts paid off, as the final product proved to be simply breathtaking. It was so stunning, in fact, that many people wanted to know just how she had created the Wonder Woman look.
Luckily for them, though, Passfield would divulge the secrets behind the costume in her interview with the Daily Mail. Most notably, she revealed that she had made the base of Wonder Woman’s famous corset using nothing more than a $6 Kmart yoga mat.
“Basically, I started by duct taping myself,” Passfield explained. “Then I cut out a pattern from the duct tape form, copied it onto a Kmart yoga mat and glued it together using contact adhesive.” She added, “I made [the mat] curved with a heat gun, and I used a fake nail to make the pattern on the breastplate.”
Passfield continued, “I then used thin craft foam to make the eagle and belt and attached [them], spray-painted [them] and then hand-painted in the details,” she added. And once the breastplate was finished, all that was left for Passfield to do was complete Wonder Woman’s gauntlets, headpiece and leg armor.
To finish the look, then, she replicated the same process that she had used to make the body armor. “I also used some scrap vinyl from a cheap shop for the skirt and glued it onto some boyleg underwear,” Passfield said. “I then got some shoes from an op shop [thrift store] and painted them.”
“All [in all], the costume cost me about $30 and took about 50 hours, as it was my first time making anything like it,” Passfield also revealed. And in the end, the make-up artist was immensely proud of the finished product that she had created.
Indeed, the make-up professional seemingly wasted little time in posting photos of the completed look to her Instagram page. And, unsurprisingly, the images went down a storm with her followers. In fact, within a matter of weeks, one post showing off the transformation had attracted close to 1,000 likes.
Furthermore, some people couldn’t resist sharing their appreciation of Passfield’s talent, either. “You did such an amazing job making that costume,” wrote one fan. “Your creative abilities will continue to amaze, impress and inspire so many. [I] love what you do!”
And for some, Passfield’s work was so impressive that they couldn’t tell her apart from Gal Gadot’s depiction of Wonder Woman. “Wow. This is one of your best, and all of your work is ridiculously incredible, so that’s saying a lot,” one user gushed. “I was seriously thinking ‘Why is Gal Gadot showing up in my feed?’”
What’s more, Passfield’s Wonder Woman costume would end up making headlines all over the world. But the attention the talented woman received came as quite a surprise to her. And on a Facebook collage of the various news articles about her, she would go so far as to question, “Is this even real life?”
But while the Wonder Woman look is arguably Passfield’s pièce de résistance to date, she might well top it. After all, she has no plans to stop creating any time soon. “I am extremely lucky that we now live in a social media world where I’m able to share all of my art with lots of people,” she told the Daily Mail. “I think it’s the best thing ever, and it inspires me to keep learning, improving and bettering myself!”