Someone is enthusiastic about a show or movie that they have seen. There is an issue, though: They are unable to see themselves in a character they wish they could. Among other forms of creativity, here comes cosplaying to save the day.
February is not only Black History Month, but it's also a month for cosplayers of color: #28daysofblackcosplay. In the last several days, I've had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of cosplayers and asking them these two questions: what does being a black cosplayer mean to you and why is this hashtag is important? But before I proceed to their interviews, I want to share who started #28daysofblackcosplay with everyone. A woman by the name of Chaka Cumberbatch (also known as Princess Mentality Cosplay on Facebook) is responsible for making it trend in the first place. If you search for that hashtag on Instagram, there are over 25,000 posts of black cosplayers posting their amazing cosplays for everyone to see. For those who aren't aware of #28daysofblackcosplay, it's basically every February, black cosplayers post a picture of one of their cosplays on social media once a day for 28 days. Regardless of skill level, age, appearance, or other, it's a time to celebrate black excellence in the cosplay community. Now without further ado, I hope everyone enjoys these interviews I've done earlier this week with these two copslayers.
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I’m going to get emotional for this one, so let’s go.
If you’ve made it past the title then it’s safe to assume you’re either curious or think this article is about something COMPLETELY different then what I am about to explain.
I know it's been a while since I've written an article. Been busy with work and other things. Excited for the Christmas break to take a few days off to have time for myself. There's less than two weeks until we say goodbye to 2018, but before we do, I'm here to feature some of the cosplayers I have interviewed this year who have been making a difference in the cosplay community. I've interviewed over a dozen of them, but I chose a few who I believe go above and beyond of what they do.
I am generally a happy, go-lucky individual who absolutely adores and appreciates the loving support of my fans and nerds on Instagram, on TikTok, and in public at various conventions. The reason you need to know this before you begin reading this article is because I need for you to know that I, in no way, wish to deter the affection of those who like and appreciate what I do. That said, there are some things that need to be touched on about non-cosplayers stepping into the cosplayer’s world. I don’t want to sound negative, unappreciative, or, to put it simply, douchy at all. I just want to approach the subject of approaching cosplayers, because the truth is, many non-cosplayers (NC) no longer approach cosplayers or do so, well, in a way that may appear rude to the cosplayer.
When people look at me, they see a lot of different things. One of which is that I am is a nerd, and I express that through my love of comic cons, as well as by going to them in cosplay. Unfortunately, though, this causes a whole new line of issues for me. Most of them happen to be because I am a young, attractive female in a community where many of us do not always identify with the social norms. I am writing this article to express the experiences I have gone through in my over ten years of being a part of the cosplay community, for they have not been easy. I am sure that I am not the only one to have gone through these.
I've always enjoyed mascots ever since I was a little kid. They always made me smile. When I was 12, I wanted a mascot. I looked around the internet, and stumbled across fur suits. I thought they were the coolest thing and I wanted one so bad! From there, I found a site called FurAffinity. It's a website that's similar to DeviantART, but for furries. There was a lot of art work, as well as pictures of fur suits. I made an account and started drawing to try and fit in. My art wasn't that great at the time.
Once in a while, you'll meet a person who loves to breathe magic into life. Dare Van Waes is one of these people. The avid animation fan and former Disney employee quickly gained a massive following thanks to her excellent cosplay skills, shining personality, and awesome photo sets.
I always get asked the same old questions by so many people: "How did you get into this?" and "How do I get into this?" Well, have no fear because your answer is here!!