Katrea Lux is a Model. A Geek Goddess. A Cosplayer. A Photographer. A Graphic Designer and an Artist. She is beautiful with amazing mind and eye for Cosplay. Recently, I was able to get Lux to sit down and answer a few questions for us in the CCU hot seat.
Jack Nickelz: so tell us what first got you started in Cosplay?
Katrea Lux: I’ve been into anime and gaming for a really long time so I really think getting into Cosplay may have been inevitable! My first time actually being introduced to Cosplay was when I attended Big Apple Anime Fest in 2003.
Jack Nickelz: What was your first Cosplay outfit?
Katrea Lux: My very first Cosplay outfit was Yui from Fushigi Yuugi. But I don’t really count her as that was so long ago and I had a bit hiatus between then and when I resumed in 2013. The first Cosplay that I ever made for myself was Jade from Mortal Kombat Deception which I debuted at AnimeNEXT 2013.
Jack Nickelz: How was it going to a convention in full gear?
Katrea Lux: It was amazing! I had a blast walking around the con in my Jade Cosplay. I got stopped for pictures a lot more then I had anticipated which was a real confidence booster! It made me feel like I did a great job on my costume. The only downside was I didn’t get to take as many photos as I wanted since I didn’t have my camera on me at all times.
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to do?
Katrea Lux: Well I don’t have many on my roster yet but I think I’m going to really love running around in my Jade (MK9), Anthy (Utena) and Revy (Black Lagoon).
Jack Nickelz: Do you have a Cosplay that you are becoming known for?
Katrea Lux: Nope, Being new to the Cosplay community and having not frequented cons I’m pretty much and unknown unknown. XD
Jack Nickelz: How do you pick which Cosplay to do?
Katrea Lux: Well there are a few reasons why I might pick a Cosplay. One is that I really love the character so I want to bring them to life. Another is that I really love the aesthetic of a character so even though I may not know much about them I just want to tackle the Cosplay because I love the way it looks. If this is the case I always do some research about the character first just to get to know them better. Lastly something might just seem epic…and even though I think it might be outside of my skill zone I just want to take on the challenge.
Jack Nickelz: How long does it normally take you to do a Cosplay?
Katrea Lux: This really depends on the complexity of the Cosplay and whether or not I’m making all the pieces myself our purchasing items to put together. Typically it takes me a month or so to put together a Cosplay though because I like taking my time. Plus I’m new to sewing so I’m learning as I go.
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest Cosplay that you have had to do?
Katrea Lux: Anthy Himemiya hands down! She still isn’t even done yet but she took me forever to get presentable! Between trying to figure out patterns to use, tweaking those patterns to fit, making a billion muslins and then all the accessories I spent at least two months on her. Despite not being done I learned so much during the process I’m already ready to remake her.
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you admire?
Katrea Lux: I haven’t met many personally. I admire Maki Rolle because not only is she super talented but she speaks her mind and I really value that quality in an individual. In terms of Cosplayers I haven’t met but really love their work there’s AllieCat Cosplay, Kamui Cosplay, and LadyLemonCosplay just to name a few.
Jack Nickelz: Are there any Cosplays that you wouldn’t do because they are too revealing?
Katrea Lux: Nope! I’m really comfortable enough in my own skin to show it off. If a character is drawn as revealing then I intend to make the Cosplay revealing.
Jack Nickelz: Speaking of revealing, how did you connect with Geek Goddess?
Katrea Lux: I had been aware of them for a while before I joined because there were two ladies on there that I was following, Kassandra Leigh and Nana Valtiel. When I saw they were opening up applications I jumped at the opportunity because it seemed like something that I would enjoy and I was right!
Jack Nickelz: Now it seems like there is a real demand for the Cosplay fetish style stuff, why do you think that is?
Katrea Lux: I think we are just late to the party. Japan has been releasing Cosplay fetish style stuff for ages and we are just catching on. There are always individuals who would love to see sexualized versions of their favorite characters, think about all of the erotic fan fiction and fan art that’s out there! So really I think this was just a matter of time…a natural progression through different artistic forms if you will. I’m sure the rising popularity of anime, gaming, etc has also had an impact on the increase in desire for fetish content as well.
Jack Nickelz: Tell us a bit about the #28DaysofBlackCosplay or the increase of Black Cosplayers?
Katrea Lux:#28DaysofBlackCosplay is a really cool movement that’s helping to put the spotlight on some Cosplayers of color who might otherwise be overlooked. As for the increase. Part of me feels that there have been black Cosplayers around for quite a while…it’s just that we are finally gaining a web presence.
Jack Nickelz: when it is all said and done, what do you hope comes from #28DaysofBlackCosplay?
Katrea Lux: I’m hoping that #28DaysofBlackCosplay helps to encourage those individuals that are afraid to Cosplay because of their skin color to give it a shot! It’s such a great hobby and it’s sad to hear people avoiding it due to drama, or worse quitting because of issues within the community.
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Katrea Lux: No problem! It was my pleasure to answer these questions and give my opinion. To those out there who want to Cosplay but are afraid…regardless of the reason I encourage you to try it! Don’t let fear hold you back from such an amazing hobby if it’s something you really want to try.