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My name is Samira, the name “Sassmira” was given to me by a very close friend of mine, for the obvious reasons that I’m an extremely sassy individual. I’m from a pretty big town not too far from Toronto, Canada. Currently I’m a student studying film, theater and some marketing, and I’m hoping to go on to work in film production.
How did you first get into cosplay? I’ve been into comic books and video games for as long as I can remember. My dad played a huge role in that; he was the first one to show me movies like Star Wars and Batman. And when he saw how interested I was, he started buying me comic books and video games, to which fueled my “nerd” side even more. I was kind of made fun of in school by the other girls for liking this stuff, it got to a point where I thought I needed to be around more people like myself that I could bond with, but I wondered where they were. Then after some serious google recon, I found out there was a convention much like Comic-Con in Toronto, called FanExpo. I did more research and found pictures of all these people dressed in costumes bringing characters we all love to life, and from there I found out about the world of cosplay. I convinced my parents to take me to FanExpo that year along with a couple of my cousins, and I cosplayed as very simple Batgirl. That was my first cosplay and I’ve been hooked ever since.
How much time do you spend making your costumes? It varies greatly on when it needs to be done by and how much detail the costume requires. For example, my Lady Deadpool cosplay I spent about a month on, on-and-off. It was summer for me and so I had no school, I was just working most of the time. Every now and then when I got paid I’d make the effort to go to fabric stores and the army surplus, and periodically work on the costume in the sewing room my mom had made in my basement (such a life saver). On the other hand, my Tifa Lockhart cosplay only took about 5 days.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far? Most definitely the Lady Deadpool. Despite not having the mask (which I have heard and understood the ear-full for, but it was a decision I considered carefully) I was extremely proud of this costume. The amount of reaction I have gotten from it has been insane, and it is such an honor to have been featured on some of the websites and blogs like I have! Definitely a huge boost in confidence in my work, and since I’ve done the LDP cosplay, I’ve gotten so many supporters to keep me in this wonderful world!
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans? The positive reaction from the fans are was keep me going, in all honesty. At the end of the day if you cosplay, you really do it for yourself. However, having a fanbase that you have so much in common with supporting you, it’s such a fantastic feeling. I have no words for how happy the responses have made me.
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for? The next event I’m currently preparing for is Costume-Con 32 in Toronto. At the moment I’m feeling a bit of a Lady Nightwing (I love gender-bending as you may notice) or Zatanna. I very well may do both! After that, I’m definitely looking into attending SDCC.
What characters inspire you the most? Out of all the characters I’ve cosplayed, I definitely have to say Talia al Ghul (Arkham City version) has inspired me the most. I’ve been a huge fan of the character right from the comics and to be honest I was a little disappointed with how she was perceived in TDKR. It’s the hard-hitting characters that have some sort of internal conflict that really inspire me. I’m not usually keen on characters that know exactly what they want, or even exactly what they’re fighting for. It’s always interesting to follow a character realize what they may think is right from wrong, or really struggle with themselves to figure out exactly what they’re trying to achieve.
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