“You may also know me as n3rdc0r3 and LadyFoxx! Originally from Alabama, I am now a member of the Atlanta scene, and breaking back into the Cosplay community. I am a Gamer Model with Charisma +2! I am also a D20 Girl at the D20 Girls Project. On top of Cosplay and modeling, I stream gameplay on Twitch.tv (Lady_Foxx)! My interests include video games, video game design, comics, anime/manga, art, science, fantasy novels, D&D, Cosplay, modeling/fashion, makeup, stand-up comedy, and of course, CATS.”
“Atlanta based Cosplayer and model; you’ve probably seen me as Black Rock Shooter around the cons! I’m a Georgia D20 Girl, and anime/manga fanatic. My interests are drawing, sewing Cosplays and crafting props for them. I also enjoy baking and coloring!!”
Jack Nickelz: So tell us what first got you started in Cosplay?
Goddess and the Muse: The first time I Cosplayed I was 16, and all I knew was that people dressed up in character and I thought that was amazing! I didn’t keep up with Cosplaying much because I lived in the middle of nowhere. But I truly got into it again in 2013 when I moved to Georgia, because Creampuff Cosplay was my roommate and I wanted to do cool stuff with her, haha!
Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay outfit?
Goddess and the Muse: Gunner Yuna was my first Cosplay, the year that FFX-2 came out. My mom and grandmother used nothing but box art and screenshots available at the time to make the Cosplay and it was perfect. My grandmother was a seamstress, lucky me.
Jack Nickelz: How was it going to a convention in full gear?
Goddess and the Muse: There’s just something that lights a fire in you when you get to wear something you’ve put your literal blood, sweat, and tears into. I didn’t care that my seams weren’t straight or that you could see some stitching, I made it and I felt so accomplished. And you just feel even better about it when someone recognizes you and gets excited with you.
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?
Goddess and the Muse: Rikku is most certainly my favorite, because we are completely alike so I get to be in character by being myself. Other than Rikku, Lucca would be at the top of my list just because she’s so darn cute! And Sonico because she has so many different outfits, you can always find something new for her.
Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?
Goddess and the Muse: I wouldn’t necessarily say “known for” when it comes to me, but the popular one is definitely Rikku. I’m still in the process of perfecting her wig, but everyone seems to love it so that’s good. And I guess it helps that I won’t stop making her dresspheres, heehee!
Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?
Goddess and the Muse: It’s a combination of ‘how badly do I want to Cosplay this at [insert upcoming con]’ and ‘do I have supplies already or will I need to buy every little item and do I have this money right now’. Because my bills are more important than making something new (take note!)
Jack Nickelz: How long does it normally take you to do a Cosplay?
Goddess and the Muse: Welp. I have finished a whole Cosplay in 2 days before. And then I have Cosplays that I’ve been working on for over a year. So when I’m inspired by a character, I’m pretty dang quick. But I make sure that I’m not skipping important steps like linings and zippers.
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest Cosplay that you have had to do?
Goddess and the Muse: The hardest SO FAR (there will be many) was Black Mage Rikku. Because so many parts had to be done slow and tediously and I actually have no patience at all. I also had to work with a lot of different fabrics, so that meant a lot of different sewing feet, needles, and little YouTube tricks on sewing fabrics like pleather. Hats are just hard all on their own. And then there was a giant staff… oof. It’s not full armor or a ball gown, but it was still a difficult process for my level of crafting.
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?
Goddess and the Muse: Lady Omny has been a huge impact on my sewing. I’m lucky to be friends with her, and she’s nice enough to let me look at her seams, watch her processes, and ask questions. Because of her dedication to sewing, I’ve become more patient with the appearance of my Cosplays; because I want to be on a level she’s proud of when we do Cosplays together. I’m also really inspired by Beautiful Syn. She spends a lot of time on one Cosplay perfecting every stitch, and she’s phenomenal with wigs. Above all that, she’s got the best photos because she always displays movement and a story and that’s what I like. And of course Jessica Nigri, my waifu. Enough said.
Jack Nickelz: Are there any Cosplays that you had to adjust because they were too revealing?
Goddess and the Muse: Just recently actually, I decided to do an inaccurate full bra for my Berserker Rikku Cosplay because most cons don’t allow underboob, haha. I’d rather be a little inaccurate than have to change over some boobage. But I plan on making an accurate bra just for shoots outside of cons. Because that’s the rules!
Jack Nickelz: Why do you think that Cosplay is becoming more main stream?
Goddess and the Muse: I think nerd culture in general is getting mainstream, which is making more people aware of Cosplay also. It’s not like it was when I was 16 and all wigs were bad and you just hot glued things together until it resembled something. It’s truly an art now and we have access to an infinite amount of fabrics and supplies, which inherently makes everything, look high quality. Even photographers have learned new techniques to truly capture the essence of characters.
Jack Nickelz: What do family and friends think about your Cosplaying?
Goddess and the Muse: Both my parents are huge nerds, so they love it. My sister just went to DragonCon (her first con) a year ago, and highly enjoyed it. And 99% of my friends are Cosplayers I met here, so that’s easy.
Jack Nickelz: What are your thoughts on people saying Cosplay is becoming too corporate?
Goddess and the Muse: I think they’re too sour about not being famous, in all honestly, haha! Cosplay just isn’t that serious or important to have terrible opinions about what should or shouldn’t be allowed in the community. I think if you can make money off of something you love, more power to you.
Jack Nickelz: What future Cosplays can we expect to see from you this year?
Goddess and the Muse: A whole lot of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! But really, a lot of Jojo. And some Love Live with a bigger group. You can also expect 2 new Rikku dresspheres and a full YRP group with my best friends, Ixion Cosplay and karajohsai.
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Goddess and the Muse: Thank you for thinking I’m a pretty cool Cosplayer, and thanks to the best fans EVER. You are all so supportive and kind, never fighting or being rude on my posts. I couldn’t ask for more!