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About Victorya’s Cosplay Adventures
My name is Victorya, I’m a parole officer. I have a dog and a rabbit that I sometimes dress up. I’m 28 years old, I was a professional photographer for about 9 years but now it’s just a side job
How did you first get into cosplay?
I’ve always loved dressing up, and comic book characters. I got some Harley Quinn diamond tattoos and it just kind of happened after that.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Right now it’s just for fun, but who knows what the future may hold!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
A bit of both. Thrift stores and a sewing machine go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Anywhere from a night to a few months.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
Probably Robin, but I really liked Harley Hepburn too.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Definitely all of the times when I’ve half changed in the car and gone out to eat, half in cosplay and half out. The looks I get are the best.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Well, that would ruin the surprise 😉
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
As someone small chested, the pressure to push up and contour my breasts to look as big as possible gets overwhelming. The unrealistic anime body that’s expected of cosplayers by some people is a problem for people of many body types.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Comic book characters for sure
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
All of it except the spending money!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Joann Fabrics and thrift stores
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The inappropriate comments and gestures can sometimes be a struggle. I usually cosplay characters I love, and I want to have an educated discussion about those characters as opposed to hearing about peoples fantasies about those characters.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Sometimes the most reliable people don’t even know you in real life. Some of my cosplay internet friends have stood by me when nobody else was around.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Don’t do it for them, do it for you.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It has definitely become more accepting of bigger body types and crossplay than it used to be. There’s still quite a ways to go, but I’ve watched it start to open up more and that’s been nice.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not so much a budget per cosplay as a monthly budget, as I’m one of those people who work on multiple things at once, jumping back and forth between them.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is my escape. For a while, I don’t have to be me or deal with my problems, I can be someone else and not think about any of it. It has also given me a larger platform to spread awareness about Fibromyalgia, which I have lived with my whole life, so that’s been cool.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
Ten years older, with more young people added in.
What is your favorite con to attend?
Dallas Fan Expo
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
I’m a HUGE fan of Asta Young
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
Probably not, but I do try to encourage others with chronic illness to keep at their favorite hobbies as best they can.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Just ask. It’s always awkward when someone starts taking pictures as you’re just walking by rather than asking you to stop.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
Can’t think of anything, I’m pretty open with my fans.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I would cosplay my way through the apocalypse lol
You can follow and view more of Victorya’s Cosplay Adventures here
- I’m actually my own photographer the majority of the time.
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