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How Long Have You Been Cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying for about a year.
Favorite Cosplay you’ve done?
I think I like my Sly Cooper the best due to the fact it is comfortable and very fun to wear. I love acting like Sly.
I am a Marketing Assistant in the real world.
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How important is cosplay in your everyday life?
Art is apart of who I am. It is important to me and my everyday life. Cosplay is my art. I am constantly thinking about what I need to do, what I want to do, what I need to buy, sketching, making plans, planning shoots and even talking about cosplay. Sometimes other things do not get done.
What has been your most challenging cosplay?
My Dr Doom has been my most challenging yet. I have only used worbla for smaller projects. To use worbla for such big armor pieces was very challenging. I had a lot of difficulty and even had to edit the worbla and few times after the first time I wore it.
What’s your take on cosplay bullying and how do we change the culture to limit the amount of bad behavior?
I hate cosplay bullying, and I have to admit – before I started cosplaying. I used to be one of them. I would be so quick to judge someone who was bigger, dressed sexier or anything I possibly could.
Since I have stepped into this world my views have change completely. I now understand why people create, wear and do what they do. I believe we all as cosplayers support one another and have a great support system amongst our community. The people who usually bully are non-cosplayers. It is hard to change the culture when those people are not in it. We will just have to continue to stand together as a team and stand up for each other.
Do you think social media is a double-edged sword in relation to exposure for artists versus the opportunities it opens up for harassment?
Honestly I feel like it is. The Internet is the best way to get exposure and show off your cosplay. However, it opens yourself up to cruel people. I had someone tell me that I should just get use to the negative comments I receive. That this is what I get for putting myself on the Internet.
I just wanted to laugh, because how is it my fault? How about people not be so mean. I cannot understand if you do not like something to just scroll past it. Why would you purposely stop and comment to say cruel words? People have nothing better to do and have no lives hiding behind a computer screen. I cannot believe some of the stuff I have read on my pages and others.
Do you think body image plays a big part in cosplay and that a lot of cosplayers struggle with it?
I think it is hard to live up to everyone else’s standard of beauty or what a character should look like. I know many people who struggle with the way they look and some who are afraid to cosplay due to their body.
I can honestly say cosplay is the best thing to ever happen to me. It not only boosted my confidence and body image but it also helped me not be judgmental of others. I support those who cosplay, no matter their size, race or sex. It is a hobby not a damn fashion show.
Tell us a bit about your sculpting and painting, is there anywhere we can see your artwork?
I have had my stuff in art shows in the past. Since I have started cosplaying, I haven’t dove into the media arts much. Cosplaying kind of took over my creative hobby due to time. I sometime will create stuff and sell it on my online store. I currently have my cosplay prints and two paintings for sale.
If you had the power to control one person in every country across the world, what would they do for you?
They would all bring me to their countries and let me try their amazing foods because I am fat like that and love food. I also would love to travel!
Where’s the best place you’ve traveled?
I have not traveled very much in my life. I did enjoy Tennessee and Florida. Something about the woods/mountains and the beach I love.
One superhero you would love to go on a date with?
<3 Spider-Man. I am obsessed with Spider-Man. It was the very first comic I ever got into. I would love to go on a date with Peter Parker. Maybe only if he wore the Spider-Man suit.
One thing that no one should know about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway?
That is a tough one due to the fact I am an open book. I do not have much to hide. Seriously, people can ask me anything. I love to talk 🙂
What a doll. She embraces herself, and even though she only has a year under her belt, she shows resolve through all of the goofiness. And just remember, It’s a hobby, not a damn fashion show.