An Interview with Cosplayer Mallory McFarland

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How did you get into cosplay?

I’ve always loved dressing up, and would find little ways to add characters I love into my outfits. I always liked the little edge and uniqueness it gave me. People would always ask why am I planning my Halloween outfit in February lol. I actually had no clue cosplay was a real thing until my friend told me how huge it was! We did a great photoshoot for a magazine called “Blake’s Dungeon” using Urthwerks Jewelry and Industrial City Clothing and now I’m hooked!

               

How long have you modeled?

I’ve loved costumes since birth but, I just started my cosplay journey through upcycled fashions to help create less stress on the planet. However, I’m so excited to try events and conventions and to get my friends more involved.

      Do you cosplay often? If so what is your favorite character to cosplay? If not                                                 what would be your favorite character to cosplay?

I love smart, gentle and ferocious characters. Babydoll from sucker punch and Bulma.

2nd favorite?

I would love to do cheetarah from thundercats!!

Do you buy your outfits or do you make them yourself?

I’ve really been doing more up cycled pieces. I like to draw inspiration from hand me downs. But sometimes I might buy one new piece, and center my upcycled inspiration around that.

 

What was your first major project and how did you achieve it?

My First project was for Blakes dungeon! My friend asked me how I felt about cosplay. I had no idea what it was but when she explained in detail I was immediately excited! I kept saying “I had no idea this was a real thing!”

Tell us a little about your unique cosplay style.

I think what is specifically unique about my Cozz play style is that I really enjoy fine-tuning the details without breaking the bank. I pride myself on being a bargain shopper and I also apply that to my cosplay techniques as well

                                     

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

I think POC in the media, whether you feel the presence is great or minimal, is a great contributor to the color barriers that we continuously face daily. I feel like it’s a constant reminder that we are all different instead of constantly reminding us that we are indeed the same. I feel the media doesn’t show how different people of the same color are and how people of the same color can be so similar to someone of a different color. It constantly locks this in a box. Especially growing up in a conservative environment in Texas, the media May make people of color feel that only whites and Asians participate in awesome events like cosplay.

What are your favorite events to attend?

I’m honestly ready to attend all of them! I started off with Coachella festival, and I had a different costume every single day although all of my friends were dressed regularly. Now that I’m aware cosplay is acceptable in mass form, the world is my oyster!

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

I just started back with what gave me my love for anime in the 1st place, Dragonball Z! I just started on Dragon Ball Super and let me tell you, the nostalgia the excitement, it’s UNREAL!

                             

Who was the photographer of your submitted photos? Can you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?

The designer of @urthwerks and @industrial.city.clothing actually took the pictures! She’s a friend and mentor to me and the beauty that introduced me to cosplay. We put together a ton of looks and went to Robolights in Palm Springs and KILLED IT! We did 10 looks in 4 hours. I was exhausted, and had to take my dog to work with me but I did what I had to do!! And it was completely worth it!

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

 Sometimes taking on these characters gives us strength, at least that’s what it does for me. Although we bond with our color for the sake of identity, It’s absolutely unimportant, just like having Freckles is unimportant. Be the truest form of yourself from the truest point in your heart. You have to remember, that when you wake up, you have to face yourself first. Then everyone else second.