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About Yvaine Dazzling
Yvaine Dazzling is a professional model and cosplayer from Greece. Her full-time job is as a performer and instructor of dance/aerials/fire stunts and is also an international competitor and champion of Pole Theatre UK and of Greek Aerial Acrobatics. She is a well-known boudoir model who has collaborated with many famous photographers, magazines, TV, and companies and is also a founder of the performing team FullHouse collaborating with many festivals, conventions, and more.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I loved watching anime and playing games so I wanted to bring my favourite characters to life.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
My full-time job is as a performer and instructor and combines it with cosplay for the last 3 years so I see it as a part of my career.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
When I have time and budget I like to create them myself or else I prefer to buy them
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
For easy ones 3 days and for complex ones 3 months
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
Ahri from League of Legends
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Performing on stage
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love to collaborate with inspiring people
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Yeneffer from The Witcher
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The competitive part when there is no reason, but I try to stay out of it
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Sexy badass women
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Shoots and conventions are my favourites
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I always search for new places and ask fellow cosplayers
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Learning how to make my props but luckily YouTube has many tutorials
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Art can give you happiness
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Always do characters that inspire you and make you feel comfortable
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
It’s more known with many big conventions all over the world and it’s easier to find materials and learn how to do everything
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
D.Va with her full mech
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Always cause I like to be organized
What does cosplay mean to you?
Expression and creativity
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
More cosplayers from all over the world with many job opportunities and huge cons
What is your favorite con to attend?
GameAthlon and Dexpo
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
Yes, I do!
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always smile and ask for consent
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
That I am a big dreamer who never gives up and stays positive.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Nothing could stop me from doing something I love
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