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About Miss Pixel Cosplay
Jannah Roovers | Miss Pixel Cosplay | Theater student | 21 years old | The Netherlands
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay because of my foster sister. She knew about the whole concept and started cosplaying while she lived at our place. I soon joined her and got really into it!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Now it’s just for fun but it would be amazing to make a career out of it. I want to be a drama teacher, so being able to create costumes and props is gonna come in handy.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them, or a hybrid?
I prefer to make them from scratch but I’m still learning a lot. So some things I can’t make myself. Right now my cosplay collection is a hybrid!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
I probably spend about 80 to 100 hours per cosplay on average.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
I really can’t decide, but my top 3 in no particular order are Rapunzel, Spider-Gwen, and Harley Quinn!
What has been your most memorable experience as a cosplayer?
Nothing really stands out to me. I always enjoy conventions with my friends and those are the best days.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I think it’s awesome. I tried some group cosplays, but it’s really hard to get a whole group to cooperate and get things done before a certain deadline. I did do some duo cosplay and want to do more of those.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I plan to finish/start Gwenpool, gasai Yuno, Meg and gyarados gijinka.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
There are two big conflicts in the cosplay community: what can you cosplay and is boudoir cosplay. My opinion is that you can cosplay every character no matter your skin color, age, body type, or gender. And that boudoir is considered cosplay when the person is still representing the character in some way.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I don’t have a type honestly. I get inspired by both heroes and villains. I love movies, games, comics, TV series, and anime. So the fact that I can be diverse and switch it up so much is part of what I love.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photoshoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I love crafting the most. But it’s really satisfying to wear your costume to a convention and people recognize the character and praise your work. Or just looking back at pictures and thinking: wow I really look like her!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I get my stuff from all over the place. It really depends on where I can get the best deals.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My self-image is something I struggle with daily. You can probably imagine that it can be really tough if you are not as thin as the original character. And since you try to look as close as possible to these perfect humans, it can be really triggering. I really had to start accepting my body and face and that it’s impossible to be the perfect copycat.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
I learned to be happy with something when tried my best and that you never stop learning!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay the characters you want. Because those are the most fun projects and the ones you will finish. Making cosplays is hard work but it won’t feel like that if you have enough motivation!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I just noticed that projects are getting more complex. Putting on a dress and a wig almost feels like not enough even if it’s exactly what the character wears.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Hyrule Warriors Zelda
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
No, I don’t. I always have plenty of money set aside for cosplays so I can always go “over budget”. I do try to make it as cheap as possible.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is my way to express my creativity. I struggle with mental health quite a lot, but I know making costumes will always cheer me up. And having something like that is just really powerful and special.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I would love to see a warm and accepting future for our community!
What is your favorite con to attend?
I love FACTS in Belgium!
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
I love Alyson Tabbitha and kinpatsucosplay a lot! But there are many more!
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I never thought about that. I don’t think I am, but if I am I would be really honored.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
I always like to be approached unless I’m clearly taking a break (eating, sitting down, partly out of cosplay, etc) or when I’m in the middle of a photo shoot. But just saying hi and saying you recognize me or my costume. You can have a quick chat or just ask if you can take a picture right away. Please disclose if you want to take a picture of me or with me because it can be quite awkward if you don’t know what someone wants exactly (trust me I’ve been in that situation multiple times 😅)
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I wish my fans would realize that I don’t like to be objectified. Some people keep thinking that I do this for attention but that’s not the truth. And that honestly sucks when you’re so passionate about something.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I will probably stop cosplaying when I get really unhappy with my appearance. Whatever that may be.
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