#Deep Dive
Tue, Jul 20, 2021A Deep Dive: Lottie Van-Praag

From growing up in the depths of the Malvern Hills to floating across the pond to New Jersey, USA, Lottie Van-Praag sat down and gave us an insight into the esports desk host’s background and her perspective of esports fashion:

Born in Wales, Lottie set sights when she was 20 years old to the British capital of London, originally to pursue her role as an event manager and coordinator for traditional sports events. “I always knew I wanted to be a presenter in some shape or form, but I didn’t know what avenue I wanted to go down. So, I decided whilst doing these events I wanted to interview these big stars and set up a YouTube channel for the company - just to get some experience under the belt.”

Lottie was introduced to Gfinity, courtesy of the company she was working for, to discuss the Esports Awards and also developed a strong network relationship. Gaming has been something Lottie has enjoyed since she was a child, alongside her brother. Lottie was given the opportunity to interview players in the Call of Duty Last Chance Qualifiers in 2017.

“I think it was that weekend, I was offered a full-time contract with Gfinity which for me there was no way I was going to say no. Once I signed that dotted line, that’s where everything began for me.”

Lottie jumped into a variety of esports titles and explored what ones she was passionate about, which turned out to be FPS games. Lottie found herself working in Call of Duty and Halo. “[Halo] was the pinnacle for me in my career where I started my journey as a desk host and realising what my strengths were.”

Prior to her introduction to esports, Lottie started playing lacrosse from the age of 12 when she was at school. “I realised that I was pretty good at it quite quickly, I was excelling over the rest of the girls in my year group. So, they started moving me up the ranks to the older girls and their teams. At 14, I was scouted by the Dutch International Lacrosse team as my last name is Dutch. I represented them until I was 16 and then, I played for Wales all the way through until I was 20.”

Additionally, Lottie was the face of a sports merchandiser called PlayerLayer, where she represented the brand via social media. She has since worked with Puma, “I have worn Puma for a long time, since playing lacrosse so it was a really cool full-circle moment for me.”

“Modelling has been an eye-opener for me especially in terms of fashion because I like how in this day in age, it's become more acceptable to be who you are. Bodies are incredible in all shapes, sizes, forms - you name it. It empowers people to be who they are and not hold back on their style, I love that.”

The modelling and fashion world is an oyster waiting to open anyone. We gave Lottie the question, if she could model for any company/brand, she would choose Dior - “Dior is just so elegant and classy.”

Discussing the development of the esports fashion subculture, Lottie said: “It’s definitely increasing without a doubt. The collaborations are really coming forward and the high-end fashion brands and designers who want to collaborate with esports is really cool - they can see the potential in growth in esports and how many people are involved. Working fashion into that, there are a lot of eyeballs on these players and they’ve got to look good to play good.”

“It’s also amazing to see organisations create brands like 100 Thieves - the way that they put their clothing line out there; they produce in some way a high-end fashion label within the esports world. I think it's ever-growing, ever-changing.”

As a founding member of Esports Fashion Week, Lottie explains, “I think Esports Fashion Week is just beyond needed in this industry; with the ever-growing fashion that is coming from esports, we see the collaborations happening (I literally have them in my wardrobe). We need something to celebrate this and put a spotlight on it and that’s exactly what Esports Fashion Week does.”


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