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About Miss Faces
Hi there! I’m Jess; known as Miss Faces on Instagram. I’m from Brazil and I’ve been doing cosplay since 2013. I love idol franchises and video games, so you might find me when browsing for Love Live! cosplays and such. I sew some of my cosplays and I’m always trying to improve.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve frequented anime/nerd cons since I was little, so I always saw cosplayers and felt like trying to cosplay someday as well. But it was only when my cousin got into it that we decided to try cosplaying together and I got addicted to the hobby.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
It’s mostly for fun! I see it as a hobby and I have lots of fun in it.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I try making some of my cosplays but when the fabrics are too specific I usually prefer buying them.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It varies: when I’m too excited I can finish a complex one in a week! But it all depends on my free time as well, so I guess around a month at least.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
It’s the revue outfit from Maya Tendou (Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight)! I love this franchise and felt really proud of the result of this cosplay; it looks great!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
I don’t have a single memory to say, but I always love group cosplays and when I have the opportunity to perform on stage.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love them! I’m always trying to set some group cosplays with my friends hehe.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Right now I’m on a Fire Emblem mood, so I want to cosplay Corrin and Byleth and hope to do both this year. I’ve already begun working on Byleth and ordered my outfit for Corrin, so they’re both on the way hehe. Besides Fire Emblem, I’m working on other versions of Ann Takamaki (Persona 5) and Maya Tendou.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Bullying and prejudice; for sure. Even though I’ve never suffered from them, I’ve seen them happening to people around me and it’s horrible.
What types of characters or genres inspire you the most?
I usually cosplay serious type characters, I guess I suit them when they are “kuudere”… But I’m also trying to vary now!
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your process?
I pretty much love all of it! But photoshoots would be my favorite since I can have photos with my finished projects and finally see the results.
What are your best resources for materials?
I usually buy all the materials in my town. There’s a nice fabric district around here where I can find plenty of stuff.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Self-esteem, probably. Everything gets harder when you begin comparing yourself to others.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
To prioritize myself and my happiness.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Remember to have fun and don’t stress too much.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It seems like it became more rigid recently, but I haven’t been a cosplayer for long to know for sure.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I’m not really ambitious, but I really wish I could cosplay Homura Akemi in her Rebellion dress in a very fancy version hehe. I’m probably going to make an ok version of it, though.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yeah, always! I don’t go overboard with my expenses with cosplay, so I’m always saving money and reselling old cosplays to buy stuff for new ones.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Having fun portraying my favorite characters!
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I hope people are more open and these problems with bullying and prejudice end.
What is your favorite con to attend?
I mostly go to the cons in my town but I’ve loved going to Anime Friends (São Paulo).
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
My friends are always inspiring me! I guess I can consider everyone I follow on my Instagram as big inspirations for me.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I hope so!
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always ask for permission first, and try reading the situation before approaching a cosplayer. If the person is getting ready or eating it’s not a good time hehe
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I may look serious sometimes but I’m really friendly hehe
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
When it stops being fun for me I will probably stop.
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