Cosplayer Spotlight – Yvaine Dazzling


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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.


Cosplayer Spotlight - Yvaine Dazzling

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?

Irine Meier

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

You can follow and view more of Yvaine Dazzling here

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