Cosplayer Spotlight – Valerie Perez


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I am an actor, cosplay model, event host and all-around lover of storytelling in Los Angeles. Some know me as comic book heroine Paula Peril in the official film series as well as Wonder Woman for YouTube channels such as The Nerdist, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes and more. I am associate producer / stage host for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror’s annual Saturn Awards honoring the best in film and television. For up and coming storytellers, I co-present the San Diego Comic-Con International film school every year.
I also enjoy modeling superheroines for various comic book / video game artists and for children’s charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Valerie Perez


How did you first get into cosplay?

Very much kept my love of comic books and other nerdy pursuits to myself until homages for Lara Croft brought me out from sitting in front of the computer and put me in front of a camera. Wanting to enter in online lookalike contests, me and my pal who was also a huge Tomb Raider fan started doing video game inspired photo shoots. Talking with the other contestants in chat forums I learned to love prop making and translating character looks into reality. Then I found out about San Diego Comic Con and all my closeted geeky interests fully exploded out of me.

How much time do you spend making your costumes?

Seems like I never stop! Always trying to improve look and function to reach my expectations. Only after seven years and three iterations does my Wonder Woman gear feel (somewhat) complete.

What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?

Wonder Woman is the best. I love when kids run up to hug me, nothing beats that! Feels like I go back in time to when I first started to idolize her.

Do you usually get positive reactions from fans?

Yes! Thankfully.

What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for?

Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego, CA

What characters inspire you the most?

Women whose actions are my dreams.

What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay? Comics, anime, games or other?

My cosplay is mostly Comics Book inspired. Mostly.

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

Thrift stores and the LA fabric district!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers?

Absolutely enjoy what inspires you but be aware of what you are willing and not willing to sacrifice comfort level wise. If you’re the type that can’t bear to walk around for hours in heels don’t do it! I myself can’t take wearing a hot and itchy wig. :p

What’s your golden rule of cosplay?

When wearing Cosplay: have fun!

When making Cosplay: correct portions.

What does your budget run per costume?

Costs for costumes vary depending on how much you can draw from already existing materials. Anywhere from $100 to $3,000

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

If I was to become too preoccupied embodying characters in film or on stage.

If money and time were no issue, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay?

Ripley’s Power Loader from Aliens!

Why do you cosplay?

I’ve always enjoyed dressing up, but my main passion is storytelling, and a character portrait is a big part of that. When cosplaying, I celebrate a mythos that inspires me, and I promote favorite characters I want to see more of. When I started going to San Diego Comic-Con, I was appalled by the lack of Wonder Women. So the next year I attended as Wonder Woman and the photos of my cosplay appeared in news articles around the world. Then I started to get a lot of requests, and began appearing as Zatanna and Scarlet Witch, too. Now, six years later, I happily see a lot more Amazons and magic women everywhere!


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Photographer Credits

DC Comics: Wonder Woman version 3
Photo by Geri Kramer

DC Comics: Wonder Woman version 2
Photo by Michael Powers

Comic Book Artist/Writer George Perez & Wonder Woman v1
Photo by Scott Stephenson

DC Comics: Zatanna
Photo by Albert Ortega
Photo by Geri Kramer

Star Trek Original Series: Science Officer
Photo by Geri Kramer

Photo by Kelly Delcambre

1st Cosplay!
Tomb Raider: Lara Croft
Photo by Nick Murphy



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