“Well hello there! My name is something you may find out if you get to know me. 23, Female, From the South specifically Texas.
I have been an anime fan since my childhood and a Cosplayer since my late [veery late] Teens. I’ve always had a passion for sewing and making things and putting that with a hobby such as Cosplaying just makes the world so much better.
I believe that anyone can Cosplay no matter your size, age or race [especially the latter] and if it makes you happy you should do it”
Jack Nickelz: So tell us what first got you started in Cosplay?
Coco-Cosplay: I got started Cosplaying back in 2007. I had just moved back to my city [Houston at the time] and out of boredom I decided to see if we had anime conventions because I’d seen rumors that such a thing existed and lo and behold, there was a con happening in 3 months. I threw together a generic cat outfit [we all start somewhere ;D] and I was good to go. At the convention I noticed that while there were quite a few black attendees [something everyone had told me I wouldn’t see] there were hardly any black Cosplayers which actually made me sad. I wondered if perhaps I couldn’t Cosplay because I wasn’t Asian and that was why no one else was in costume. I’ve never been one to do what other people do so I left that convention determined to make my own costumes and wear them the next time a convention was in town. If I was the only black Cosplayer so be it, I would look amazing and hopefully show that you can wear what you want no matter what color your skin is! Through the years I’ve heard comments [both to my face, through others, and online] such as “She’s so pretty for a black Cosplay,” or “But Sailor Venus isn’t black…” and sadly from a young girl at a convention “I want to Cosplay, but my skin is too dark.” It’s these kinds of comments that keep me dressing up and I’ll continue to dress up probably until my costumes are paired with a color coordinated wheelchair 😉
Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay outfit?
Coco-Cosplay: My first official Cosplay was Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena [Old school win!] At the time I could find no pattern so everything was made free hand and I’m, ashamed to say with a lot of hot glue.
Jack Nickelz: How was it going to a convention in full gear?
Coco-Cosplay: It was absolutely amazing! I finally felt like one of the cool kids being able to wander around, pose for pictures in the outfit and be recognized by fans of the show. Of course when the outfit began to fall apart it wasn’t as amazing but it was the end of the day so I didn’t care too much!
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?
Coco-Cosplay: Kraehe Sailor Venus, Card Captor Sakura, Honoka Kousaka, and my Sakizou Alice in Wonderland Red Rose Cosplay
Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?
Coco-Cosplay: If I had to choose I would say my Red Rose, Kraehe or my Sakura Cosplay!
Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?
Coco-Cosplay: I find that these days I’m drawn to Cosplays that are extremely detailed. Either there’s a lot of hand work done on the costume, or there are many pieces that bring it together for one amazing look. I also love Cosplaying characters that exert a lot of energy, independence and strength. The girl power kind of roles
Jack Nickelz: How long does it normally take you to do a Cosplay?
Coco-Cosplay: It can take me anywhere from 4 to 5 months [My Red Rose and Kraehe Cosplay] to 8 Hours [my Galadriel dress] to make a Cosplay. It really depends on how focused I am and whether I’m in the mood to take my time or speed sew and make it work as if I were a contestant on Project Runway.
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest Cosplay that you have had to do?
Coco-Cosplay: My Hardest Cosplay has probably been my Princess Kraehe costume. The feathers [about 600 in total] had to be hand sewn to the skirt because they were too thick for my machine to manage. The front of the corset had hand sewn feathers and rhinestone work and the skirt was rhinestoned by hand. I had to hand paint the point shoes black. It took me about 5 months in total to work everything together. 2nd place would go to my Red Rose costume, the entire skirt is made up of about 300+ black and red roses, the details on the corset and bra were all done by hand. About 75% of that costume was hand sewn; a royal pain but I love how it turned out!
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?
Coco-Cosplay: Let’s see, I really admire Yaya Han, she’s an amazing Cosplayer and she’s so sweet. God Save The Queen Cosplays is another I admire and I have used her tutorial for help in making costumes. Sparkle Pipsi [she was who finally gave me the push to make my Sailor Venus costume because her Venus is A-MA-ZING] Reika, the Spiral Cat’s a Korean Cosplay group and many other Cosplayers I’ve met, taken pictures of or spotted on Google images to use as reference for my costumes!
Jack Nickelz: Are there any Cosplays that you had to adjust because they were too revealing?
Coco-Cosplay: Yes. The original top for Princess Kraehe is cut open to her navel, while that is okay on an animated character knowing myself I would be flashing con goers left and right so instead I opted for a different style top and I was so much more comfortable. Likewise for my Megurine Luka Cosplay I toned down the cleavage a bit on it so that I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable roaming around outside of the cons in it.
Jack Nickelz: Why do you think that Cosplay is becoming more main stream?
Coco-Cosplay: I think as anime becomes more popular and Comic conventions have become a bit more normalized people are seeing that it’s not weird dressing up. I mean you dress up on Halloween so why is it different to dress up at conventions? The taboo and stigma of Cosplaying is lifting and I think it’s kind of great!
Jack Nickelz: What do family and friends think about your Cosplaying?
Coco-Cosplay: My family has always loved it; they’ve encouraged my individuality and creativity. Same with my friends because a lot of them are Cosplayers [Medusa’s Mirror Cosplay, Mega Mite, The Silent Knight Cosplay] and so of course they support it haha we’re like a team when it comes to conventions and that always makes me so happy!
Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on people saying Cosplay is becoming too corporate?
Coco-Cosplay: I suppose it depends on how you look at it. I’m not a corporation neither are my friends who Cosplay and tons of other Cosplayers. Yes there are some corporate aspects to Cosplaying these days but at the same time it’s still a bunch of fans dressing up as their favorite characters not making a dime off of it.
Jack Nickelz: What future Cosplays can we expect to see from you this year?
Coco-Cosplay: This year I’m hoping to do more Cosplays from the anime Love live! I adore that show and just there are so many cute outfits I want to try! I plan to do more Sailor Scouts because I will forever be a Moonie and possibly a few more outfits from Princess Tutu
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Coco-Cosplay: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! As for the fans [haha that seems so strange to say x3] Thank you to each and every person who has taken the time to like my photos, my fan page, take pictures of me and with me [and a lot of the time let me take photos of you <3]. I seriously appreciate all of you and the fact that you all take time out to visit my page seriously means the world to me! Let’s all meet one day for selfies and random anime chats! <3