Lara Croft's design was based on the style of Swedish pop star "Neneh Cherry", and the attitude of Tank Girl from the comic book series of the same name.
Nell McAndrews undertook the role of Lara Croft in 1998 through to 1999, during which time she posed nude for Playboy. At the time, Eidos threatened Playboy with a lawsuit. They were unable to alter the U.S. printing, but won a lawsuit forcing the U.K. printing of the magazine to cover up the Tomb Raider logo on the cover. This scandal was likely the reason she was replaced as the role of Lara Croft.
Excluding Angelina Jolie, who played her in the movies, Lara Croft has been portrayed by ten models, from Nathalie Cook (who was replaced with Vanessa Demouy before the game was released) to Alison Carroll.
Lara Croft's bust size was due to an error made by Toby Gard, when he accidentally increased the dimensions by 150%. The creative team argued to keep the change.