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Cosplayer Spotlight – CookiieMii Cosplay

 




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About CookiieMii Cosplay

Hi! I’m CookiieMii Cosplay, I do hand made cosplay for 3 years. I’m 21 and I come from Belgium. I really like to make badass cosplays and I like to help people with advice or tutorials.

 

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Tamamo no Mae from Fate Grand Order pic by Steeve li Photography at Made in Asia (Bruxelles, Belgium)


How did you first get into cosplay?

I was 15 when I went to my first con (Japan Expo Belgium 2011) and I discovered manga and cosplay, 3 years later I begin cosplay with cheap and bought costumes. Again 2 years later I decide to begin hand made cosplay.

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

My dream is that the cosplay will be my future job at 100% and live from that. But I’m not famous and not sexy so it’ll stay a dream I think. But I’d like to move from Belgium to Canada (Toronto) and I would like to open my cosplay shop with wigs, costumes (hand made), foam, worbla, makeup, advice etc.

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

I prefer to make a costume from scratch because I can make it how I want (size, material, led, etc) and hand made cosplay have a soul I think, your personal touch and your cosplay is unique.

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

I’m currently a student so I haven’t got a lot of time so when I have time I usually spend 2-3 weeks to make a big costume (like Soraka Star Guardian from League of Legends). But when I’m busy it spend what it needs… 2 months or more, a bit every day.

What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?

My favourite, currently, is Elizabeth Bathory from Fate Grand Order. I leveled up in sewing with this costume and I think that I’m cute with it.

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

My worst experience was for the ECG Group Belgian selections this year (a big European contest) I did it with my ex-best friend, and this contest ruined our friendship. But cosplay has also allowed me to meet fantastic people, true friends.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

I love it because you’re not alone! But when you disagree with one or more members you can lose friends. It’ can create disagreements. For contests, I prefer group because more possibilities on stage, but for photo shoots, etc, I prefer solo cosplay.

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

For the Belgian cons 2018, I have Soraka Star Guardian from lol, Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew as hand made cosplay and I have President from Gambling School and Touko from Dagon Rompa as bought cosplays, 5 cosplays for 2018. for 2019 I have DJ SONA and BLOOD MOON EVELYNN from lol for the moment.

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

I think first is the skills and the sense of details. A “true cosplayer” like to have a clean cosplay, a stylized wig and make a cool photo with a photograph. Others buy their costume in a convention, do not cut their wigs and just wander in the convention. I think it’s the difference of point of view that split the community. You also have cosplayers who think they are above you and do not talk to you because you’re not worth it.

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

I prefer badass characters! Naughty or nice, I haven’t got any preference.

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

I love elaboration time, I note everything on my cosplay book, how I’ll make this part, etc. During the building process, I’ll prefer making props and make photoshoots.

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

I really like Aliexpress because it’s very cheap and I haven’t got a lot of shops here in Belgium. And for cosplay material mike foam and worbla I love CosplayShop(.be) because they are super nice and they have a lot of choices and good prices

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

My weight, I’m 160cm for 90kg so it’s a problem, yes. There is denial or rejection of obese people. Sometimes photographers refuse to take my photo because I’m “fat”.

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

Rely on oneself. But cosplay has taught me that you can be how you want during 1 day. So why couldn’t you wear this or that thing when you’re not in cosplay? Cosplay gave me confidence in myself.

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

Don’t be shy! And go meet people, asking about a cosplayer that you like his cosplay, and dare! If you want to make a cosplay but you do not have as many breasts as the character? Don’t care! Do it! you’re too big to make a little girl? Don’t care! Do it!

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

Before we haven’t got a Facebook page and it wasn’t a race to be famous. Today it’s just a lot of hard shaming or boudoir pics to win likes.

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

Actually, for me is me not the “time” or “money” factor but “body” factor. If I was slim and sexy I would like to make armor characters like Diablo in Diablo 3, I have the skills to make it but not the body.

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

No. All of my cosplays are around 300-500€

What does cosplay mean to you?

To be what you want, when you do cosplay you are not “you”, you are the characters with his mind, his defects, and qualities, his history, etc.

How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?

I think that it’ll be a race to be famous.

What is your favorite con to attend?

My favourite con at the moment is Made In Asia Retro (Namur – Belgium) because it’s a small con and it’s cool to meet friends. But I would like to go to Gamescom (Köln – Germany) and my dream: BlizzCon!

Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?

Kamui cosplay of course! She is a European cosplayer who has succeeded without sexy cosplays. I really like Jessica Nigri too because she is so natural when she talks, her cosplays are so badass, I don’t like boudoir but it’s her job so it’s ok.

Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?

I think that yes and no. I make my best to have my friends or my “fans” when they come to me to ask for tips or advice but I don’t take that people say “How did you see the last cosplay of Lady cookiie cosplay?? Amazing!” haha At the moment I do cosplay to have a good time with my friend and help people.

What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?

Please don’t be shy and don’t be weird. Be professional and self-confident! If you show that you are sure of yourself (even if it’s bluffing) the cosplayer will feel confident and will tend to let go.

What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?

I’m accessible, I’m simple and I like to meet new people, I have to go outside to drink beer and eat fries.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

If the passion is no longer there, I do not want to have to force myself, besides sometimes I go months without doing cosplays. But I still like it.





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