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In September 2001 a new Vampirella model emerged after months of nail-biting tension as 12 different hopefuls for the position were judged on the Vampirella website.
The winner was Maria di Angelis.
You can read all about the contest and the winner in the Vampirella Model Search Special (see cover on left) published in September 2001. You can also discover more on the Harris web site.
For my money Maria is a perfect Vampirella and a fine successor to Julie Strain. I love the pic on the Harris website
Terry Sanders met Maria at the 2001 Wizard World Con and took the photos on this page (apart from the Harris comic cover).
You can see how close he got to her in the pic on the right.
|One of the fan artists who send me material (as well as appearing in Scarlet Letters and on the Harris official Vampirella website) Leon Atkinson, sent this terrific image of Maria. In it he captures the essence of Vampirella and shows us how ideal Maria is as the latest Vampirella model.|
|Terry also carried out an extra
interview of Maria when he was interviewing her for Scarlet
Letters. Here is that interview, exclusively for Vampirella
Terry: Hi Maria, I had a great time with you at the Chicago con this year (2001). You are soooooo spontaneous, it is almost scary!! Have you always been this wild.... errrr, fun?
Maria: No, actually I am not "wild" at all. Very much the opposite. I just wanted to give the fans something to remember. A memory they could take home and look back on.
Terry: On more than one occasion, I heard you make the remark that you were not married. And then look around at the crowd and go, "Why, Why am I not married?" Now I have a LOT of trouble with this one. You must not be seriously looking at all, right?
Maria: Seriously, I would love to be married and have children. Married to a man that loves me, for me. But guys just never talk to me. Oh sure, some plastered man will tell me he would buy me an airplane if I would marry him--- I do NOT want a plane. I want a man just to love ME. I think people, when they see me all "fixed" up for a model shoot, think I could have any man I choose. But they are so wrong. It seems I can have any man, except for the one I REALLY want, the one that wants me, for me..............
Terry: At the con, we had a lot of fun with your suit. Not wanting to stay in place that is. We even went to a hand signal so you would know there was a problem. Have you since worked out the "bugs"?
Maria: I tried the duct tape, but it just did not work. I finally just gave up and took the tape off. Oouuuch!!! But even without the tape, I did not have any "serious" accidents.
Terry: I shot a few pics of you holding a "Certificate of Authenticity" just under your errr.... chest. Tell the fans a little about how this came about?
Maria: I was just showing that I am "authentic" from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. Nothing artificial here. But, make no mistake. I do not think badly of anyone that improves their appearance thru plastic surgery.
|Terry: I saw you on Ripley's Believe It Or Not the other night. Seems your image has been on the covers of over 3000 romance novels!! On more covers than any super model in the world! Where else can we be on the lookout for you in the future?|
Maria: I am going to be in Vogue Knitting. And I will have a pictorial in the April issue of FHM. I am not certain what pictures they will run of me. But they shot several lingerie, swimsuit, type pics. In one, I am topless. BUT, I have my arms crossed, so it is still PG.
Terry: Now back to Maria's wild side. Over the years, I have posed with many Vampirella models. And I always try to get a picture with them about to bite my neck. But I have never gone home with a "hickie" before surrounded by a ring of teeth mark "whelps" until I posed with Maria. The whelps lasted for 2 days and the hickie a week!! I had the strangest urge for a cigarette,,,,,, and I don't even smoke!
Birthplace: Delaware, USA
Birthdate: May 25th
Natural hair color: Brown
Favourite colour: Bright yellow, like sunflowers
Eye color: Hazel
Weight: 124 lbs
Vital statistics: 36B-25-35
Favourite food: Prime rib
Favourite movie: Up Close and Personal
Favourite neck to bite: Jim Carrey
pictures on this page are from Terry Sanders For more on Maria Di Angelis; click here
For more on Maria Di Angelis; click here
Below is a list of all the Maria Di Angelis Vampirella comic covers: she holds the record so far ....
Vampirella Model Search Special #1 (regular cover)
Vampirella Model Search Special #1 (limited wraparound cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #01 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #02 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #03 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #04 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #05 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #06 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #07 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #08 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #09 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #10 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #11 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #12 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #13 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #14 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #15 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #16 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #17 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #18 (photo cover)
Vampirella Series 2000 #19 (photo cover)