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About Titania Cosplay
Hello! I’m Inês, a cosplayer from Portugal. I’m 20 years old and studying Communication Design. I’ve been cosplaying for over 4 years now, but I still consider myself pretty much a newbie! I cosplay some of my favorite characters and my most popular costumes are probably the Disney/nostalgic ones ^_^
How did you first get into cosplay?
A friend of a friend talked to me about it, and that drove me to seek more info on the matter!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I personally do it just for fun, but I do try to sell prints to help me keep doing it!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Depends on the costume. If it’s something very common and easy to find, for example, a school uniform or my Ariel blue dress, I probably would prefer buying. Some I throw together with normal clothes and others I make from scratch!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Again, it very much depends on the costume. However, I prefer to start cosplays when I have free time so that I can set a time limit and finish them without losing interest. Usually about a month for a standard (not too easy, not too complex) costume.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
That I made from scratch it has to be Will from W.I.T.C.H.!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
While I was doing my Ariel photo shoot, a lot of people recognized the costume and complimented me, but the absolute best was when this little girl asked for a picture and a hug! She was absolutely adorable. Getting recognized by kids is easily my favorite part!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! Small groups work best and if I could all my cosplays would be done in groups, it’s so much fun!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Well, the year just started so I have a bunch! The ones I definitely need to finish right now are Merida (Brave) and Ghost Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)!
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think sexual harassment is still very much alive in the cosplay community and it should be talked about and *never* tolerated, regardless of the amount of clothes the cosplayers are wearing. There is definitely a lot of body shaming and racism as well, which also needs to be talked about. I believe the community needs to stop being so silent about these topics and protect each other.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
The characters I love the most are the ones who inspire me to cosplay. My role models, especially ones from my childhood, because they’re the people I’ve always wanted to become. Apart from that, there’s a lot of characters I just cosplay for fun, even if I don’t have a super powerful connection with them.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Photo shoots! I adore editing my photos and seeing everyone’s reaction. I also love cons though, especially when I get to cosplay with my friends!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Local fabric and craft stores, really. I am pretty cheap with my materials to be fair.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My body issues. I suffered a lot of struggles when I started because I got so much hate since my body just isn’t exactly like the characters’ I cosplayed. However, overcoming that has been the foundation of my self-esteem and now I don’t let any of those comments get to me.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Do what you want, exactly how you want, regardless of what others have to say about it. I see so many people trying to tell others how to cosplay and I find it insane.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Do. Not. Finish. Stuff. Last. Minute. Honestly, guys, it’s so stressful. Set the time limit AT LEAST a week before. That way if something gets in the way or things go wrong you won’t end up having to miss con and crying on your bathroom floor.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
There’s a lot more money involved now, so people have definitely have become more competitive. We compare ourselves to others all the time and while that might be done in a healthy manner, most of the time it’s not, and it just hurts people’s feelings.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Wonder Woman, probably.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really, I just do things as cheap as I possibly can. If I can’t afford something I’ll find another way.
What does cosplay mean to you?
A LOT. As I previously said it was the foundation of my self-esteem and it has also brought a lot of amazing people into my life. I learned so much from it; I don’t think I would be half the person I am without it.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
The only thing that could make me stop cosplaying forever would be losing interest in it. Because if I don’t have time or money I’ll just wait till I do, that wouldn’t make me quit. I’ve thought about quitting a number of times due to stress and hate and honestly if I didn’t quit then, I sure as heck ain’t quitting now!
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