An Interview with Cosplayer Aurora Jade!

What made you think of your Cosplay name?

I mostly do pinup, boudoir, and nude modeling,  so when I first started,  I knew I had to create an alias so that my employer couldn’t find my photos. So I simply switched around the letters of my first name to create Jade. Aurora is the Roman goddess of the dawn,  and I felt that by entering into the modeling industry,  I was starting a new chapter in my life. Plus it just sounded damn good. 

What made you get into Cosplay modeling?

Growing up,  I loved to dress up for Halloween, and my late grandmother would make all of my costumes. But I didn’t know cosplay was a thing until I went to my first convention in 2010

How long have you modeled?

I’ve been modeling since May 2012, so 5 year,  cosplay for 6.

Who’s your favorite character to model?

I was practically raised on Disney movies, so I absolutely love cosplaying Disney characters. My favorites so far are Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, and Cruella DeVil. 

Is there one particular cosplay that you’re dying to do?

I am really dying to do a female Hades from Hercules or Eartha Kurt’s version of Catwoman 

Do you prefer to buy your cosplays or make them yourself?

A bit of both,  but if it’s something that is out of my skill level,  I would commission someone to make it for me.  I also put together my cosplays from clothing I already have and by going to thrift stores. Also, a little word of advice: Amazon is your best friend

What do you feel about the presence of (or lack thereof) POC in the Cosplay scene?

I definitely do.  I constantly hear POC say that they are interested in cosplay,  but they are scared to get into because they are worried that they can’t pull it off,  and the racial harassment that a lot of black cosplayers face certainly does little to help their fear.

What are your favorite Cosplay events to attend?

I am from Detroit so I love Youmacon. I also attend Midwest Media Expo,  and Colossalcon if my schedule permits

Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?

I just started watching Little Witch Academia, so I am keeping a lookout for potential cosplays 

What are your top 3 favorite animes?

1. Sailor Moon

2. Soul Eater
3. Death Note 

Who was the photographer of your chosen photo?

Happy Pause Photography

Can you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?

Bethany is an awesome person and very fun to shoot with. I remember being really self conscious about my body, and she kept telling that I was gorgeous and she would ban anyone talking shit about my photos from her page.

Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?

I am absolutely in love with Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan lol. That and I will be revamping my Etsy shop and will have some awesome stuff soon