The 24-year-old martial arts expert has been bombarded with new fans on her Instagram page after people realised she looks like Japanese anime character Alita Battle Angel.
Mariya Oz from Kiev in the Ukraine, who also works part-time as a model, has amazingly large eyes which instantly caught the attention of the online community after the launch of the James Cameron cyberpunk action movie Alita: Battle Angel.
However, Mariya, needs no digital technology to affect the size of her eyes, which she says she inherited from her dad, and she can fight too as she practices martial arts.
The woman told local media that she was stunned when she suddenly started getting thousands of likes on her page and had to look up who Alita was when she started reading some of the comments.
“I only looked at the film because I was being told I look like Alita. I like doing mixed martial arts, so it was really interesting for me to watch the film,” Alita said.
"Oh my God, you look so much like Alita from Battle Angel, your eyes are so cool,” said one follower.
“You have to act in films,” said another.
However, Mariya, earns her money from part-time modelling and also making animated films with her work inspired by people like Wes Anderson and Tim Burton.
She likes posting pictures of herself online and has been doing so since she was 14, and said it was interesting that she is now being compared with the film's punchy protagonist.
“I am often told that I resemble this or that big-eyed girl, but I don’t think about it. I am me,” she said
Along with the praise, however, there has also been some people accusing her of using her graphic skills to alter the size of her eyes, and she responded by posting similar snaps from different angles to prove that everything is genuine.
She said she had also offered to meet up with anybody who wanted to accuse her to her face of having faked her images.
“It's not for nothing that I do mixed martial arts. So far, nobody has taken me up on the offer,” Mariya said.
“It's a lot of work to create an online presence, although I don't regard myself as an influencer.
“I just like to show people my creative side and am pleased when I get a positive response.”
Source: Magazine Features