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Cosplayer Spotlight – Queen Ally Cosplay

 

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About Queen Ally Cosplay

Hi. I’m Queen Ally Cosplay. I am 24 years old, I live on the east coast, I’m a preschool teacher and I have been cosplaying since 2014. I’m also a big fan girl/shipper, lol.

 

Queen Ally Cosplay
Queen of the Dark Forest Barbie, taken at Katsucon 2018 by Silhuin Photography

How did you first get into cosplay?

I remember going on Facebook and seeing people dressed up as a character from an anime that I really loved. I texted a friend and asked them if they wanted to try cosplaying with me because it looked fun and I didn’t want to do it alone. We decided to go to a cosplay event in Central Park and that’s what started my cosplay experience.

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

It’s always been for fun. I also cosplay to learn new techniques for sewing and making things, but the top priority was always for fun and enjoyment.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

Hybrid. Some of my cosplays were put together with what I had in my closet, some I had commissioned, but as of recently, I have have been making some cosplays from scratch.

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

It depends on the cosplay but on average since I like mine to be screen accurate, I put in a much time as I can until I’m satisfied with the final results.

What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?

My absolute favourite as of now is my Usagi Tsukino high school cosplay. Usagi is a very special character to me.

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

This year at Katsucon. I debut by Dark Forest Barbie cosplay that took me over 100 hours to make the dress (My friend made the jewelry, crown, and top of my staff for me). I was very scared to show her off, but she was so well received by many, I was so happy.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

When they work, they are fantastic. All the people sync up so well like a puzzle and they drawn in such huge crowds. But it all depends on how the people in that group work together. If you’re in a group with people who aren’t pulling their weight or are argumentative, there will be complications.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

I’m currently working on Rey from The Last Jedi and Eternal Sailor Moon.

What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

When people use their social media irresponsibly and use it to insult other cosplayers. I know drama happens in every community, but putting it onto the internet is unprofessional, makes people pick sides without knowing the facts and can hurt both people. I think drama needs to be dealt with privacy with and not posted for the world to see.

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

I have such a soft spot for the misunderstood villains. Like Evil Queen Regina or Draco Malfoy, their stories are always heartbreaking and you get an inside to their anger and ways (sometimes). Also, the imperfect protagonist is another favorite of mine. I like the flaws in characters, it makes them more identifiable.

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Honestly, my favourite part is becoming the character. Dressing up, putting on the makeup, putting the wig on and stepping into the con as the character. Acting as the character is always so much fun, especially if it gets other to laugh.

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

Needle and thread. You never know when you’re gonna need it in any situation. Also a lighter. As strange as it sounds, if something that was hot glued falls off a cosplay, use a lighter to help it stick back on by heating the glue back up.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

Getting over my self-doubt. I have had the worst self-esteem growing up and even though it has gotten better since I’ve started cosplaying, I still have moments of doubt where I think I’m not good enough.

Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?  

One big one. No matter what life throws at you, there is always a way to make it work. It’s not always in the way you imagine it, but nothing ever is.

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. No one becomes Jessica Nigri or Yaya Han on their first try of making a cosplay. The only way we learn is messing up, finding where we made the mistake and trying again.

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

I haven’t been in the cosplay community as long as others have been, so I can’t really say how much has changed since it started but I can say that I’ve seen it grow more in the mainstream which is both a good and bad thing. Good because cosplayers are getting recognized for their effort, bad because cosplay is becoming more about trying to be the best out of everyone else.

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?

Definitely Regina’s (the evil queen) purple gown from Once Upon a Time, Anastasia’s Grand Duchess dress from Anastasia (Movie, not play) or Christine Daae’s graveyard dress (Play not movie)

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

For the most part yes.

What does cosplay mean to you?

Cosplay means portraying a character I love to the best of my ability and showing my love for the fandom, the people who created them and bring them to life.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

I can’t think of any as of right now, but you never know what might change in the future.



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