Word of the Nerd is pleased to present to you one of our newest regular features, Cosplay of the Week. Each week we feature a new talented cosplayer from the cosplay community. Be sure to check back every week to catch some up and coming new cosplay talent or get a look at some well established and already famous members from the world of cosplay.
Lovina Yavari is a represented union actress, published comic book artist/inker, and a published model. Her dream is to become a regular in a sci-fi television series. She attends a handful of comic book conventions a year, either as a guest, vendor, or panelist. She also designs concepts and makes her own costumes for her photo shoots. Her work is heavily based in the Science Fiction, Anime, Horror, and Fantasy genre.
How did you first get into cosplay? Halloween! <3. Once I discovered people were wearing costumes on more than one occasion (comic cons WOOO!) aside from a holiday, I quickly jumped on board. I started cosplaying for photo shoots first a few years ago, and eventually began sporting them at conventions. For me, it was really hard to wear my first costume to a con (Fanexpo), I was so aware I was a beginner n00b and noticed so many errors throughout the outfit. Thankfully, everything turned out amazing, people were super nice and really liked my cosplay.
How much time do you spend making your costumes? I’m pretty much always working on something. I tend to work on 5 or 6 different costumes at once. Mainly because I’m on the hunt for certain components for each outfit, and sometimes it takes nearly a year to track something down in order to progress. It’s usually because I’m looking for items that are available around certain holidays. Halloween when I stock up the most.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far? It’s one I finished recently, but haven’t photographed yet. My Buffy the Vampire Slayer cheerleader costume.
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans? 99% of the time yes. Especially if they’re a fan of the series/film I tribute. Of course there’s the 1% I call the negative zone, that like to point out all the inaccuracies in the cosplays I’ve done. I don’t deal with it much, since I usually create my own characters.
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for? Raven from Teen titans, I’ll be attending Unplugged Expo this month.
What characters inspire you the most? It’s not characters for me. It’s other artists, photographers, film, television, and Japanese fashion sub cultures.