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Marine Orthodox, 23, I’m a Brazilian girl who works with IT and loves art. I’m currently in love with the power of make-up and how it transforms your face and body…I really want to learn more and try new things
How did you first get into cosplay? I remember meeting this gorgeous Chun-li cosplayer in a RPG convention I went with my big brother. I had no idea what cosplay was at the time (I was, like, 7 years old). I just thought you could dress like Chun-li anytime you wanted. (Which was confusing, because other people wore boring clothes all the time…). When I was 13 I went to my first anime convention and learnt what cosplay was…the same year I did my first character. Wanna guess who?
How much time do you spend making your costumes? It varies, but probably the right answer here is: A lot. Since I have my resolve not to spend too much money in cosplays I have to do everything myself. From sewing, to making the props, from taking the pictures… The good part is that since I control all the process I can take my time, I don’t depend on anyone else schedule.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far? Oh my! That’s such a hard question!! I’ll go with my Female Hawke. This is a costume I had to do pretty fast and it was full of first times…first time making armor, first time travelling to take pictures, first time with cosplay photographers…And I think the results are pretty great =)
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans? Yes, all the time. My famdons are awesome! (Specially the Star Trek one).
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for? Oh, I have 2 in mind…! One is the male version of Cruella Deville conceived by the artist Sakimichan. The other is Uhura from Star Trek (Mirror Mirror version!)
What characters inspire you the most? I love complex and intense characters. It’s easy for me to fall for the beautiful, evil and insane characters like Jaibo from Litchi Hikari Club or Nero/Genesis from Final Fantasy…
Lately, though, I wanna cosplay strong female or trans characters since they are a great inspiration for me.
What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay? Comics, anime, games or other? All of them, really. The majority of my cosplays are from manga/games, but that’s not a rule, I cosplay from movies, comics, web comics, books…The only thing that matters is the character =)
What are your best resources for cosplay materials? Thrift Stores! Haha, I have a very trained eye! Every place I go can be a source of materials! Construction sites, supermarkets…
What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers? Don’t be fooled by the stupid rules people create, none of them are universal. Cosplay any character you want, there’s no such thing as a character too thin, too hot or too white for you. Also don’t be fooled into thinking cosplay is expensive. It doesn’t have to be! Do it yourself, make mistakes, have fun =)
What’s your golden rule of cosplay? There’s 2, I guess: -I only cosplay characters I like. -I make it cheap.
What does your budget run per costume? (Sorry, bad english. Do you mean how much it costs?)
It’s pretty cheap, I think. The most expensive thing I buy are lenses/wigs (Usually 25-30$ – with shipping), textiles and materials can cost up to 30$, but since I have several cosplays already at home I seldom gotta do it all from scratch, so it’s usually cheaper.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying? Lack of interest, I suppose. I’m kind of “forever alone” cosplayer, so I never get involved with any kind of problem with other cosplayers or conventions.
If money and time were no issue, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay? Oh my…I’d love to create a cosplay with very complex scenery…like a whole entrance for my Petshop of horrors or a very detailed background for my soon to be kusuriuri cosplay (which I’d buy a real Kimono if money were no issue, of course 😉 )
Why do you cosplay? I always loved costumes. Dressing up, make-up, masks…I don’t get offended at all when people say that cosplayers are just people in costumes. (I mean, that’s awesome, isn’t it?). My favorite part of cosplay is the transformation.
I love the whole process of doing the clothes/props/make-up, setting up a scenery….but the best part is when I look in the mirror or in the camera and see that I can become several different people.
You can follow and view more of her work here
I take a LOT of my pictures myself, but I have pretty good friends who helped me take pictures. (Fabiana Sindoni https://www.flickr.com/photos/doingitwrong and Helena Prado). Recently I met a very good team of Brazilian cosplay photographers called CAACOSPLAY https://m.facebook.com/caaphotoshootmagazine
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