What made me get into cosplaying, happened the first time I️ ever went to New York City Comic Con in 2014 . I️ was just taken back in amazement by all the creativity I️’ve seen presented at the con. So much freedom, so much expression . You could see all the hard work and dedication that goes into the handmade costumes and props. One thing i did notice was that there were not a lot of plus size cosplayers . This stuck out to me like a sore thumb. I be being the very proud bbw and body positive female that i am , i knew that i wanted to see more of people that looked like me cosplaying. So i decided to take the first step in that direction by getting involved in the cosplay community. I just want to increase the diversity in one of the best forms of ART and expression in my opinion.
How long have you modeled?
This is my second year officially. Before i would just play around in my house with some closest cosplays .
Who’s your favorite character to model?
Butt Loose Tina Belcher from Bobs Burgers, Shes so much like me in so many ways. I felt it was easy to embody the Tina essence lol.
Is there one particular cosplay that you’re dying to do?
I am actually dying to do either a Marvel Black Panther character, or Mako from Kill la Kill
They have killer costumes and props
Do you prefer to buy your cosplays or make them yourself?
I would say both because i’m still in the early stages of cosplaying, so i need as much help as possible. I am learning how to sew using the machine, so that i can create more of my own costumes.
What do you feel about the presence of (or lack thereof) POC in the Cosplay scene?
I’m so proud of how much more POC i see cosplaying then ever before . I feel that we as POC are breaking certain barriers, and becoming more care free. Which is an amazing thing. Growing up things such as being a black nerd was frowned on where i was from, so imagine how dressing up as a character was perceived. But now i see that its more accepted, so more and more POC are getting involved. It’s a beautiful thing . I love to see all my people uniting to enjoy common interests together. MY only problem is non POC having problems or objections to POC cosplaying as non POC , but thats a topic for another time.
What are your favorite Cosplay events to attend?
I’ve only been to New York City Comic Cons at the moment, so i guess by default NYCC lol
Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?
I am watching Soul Eater, Always sunny in Philadelphia and slew of other shows on netflix and hulu. I’m sure ill be inspired by one of those.
What are your top 3 favorite animes?Kill la kill
attack on Titan
My hero Academia
Who was the photographer of your chosen photo?
My boyfriend was/is my photographer. He has a kick ass camera and he knows all my good angles lol
Can you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?
I can tell you that my boyfriend is super, super patient. I am very awkward when it comes to posing, and taking pictures that aren’t selfies. He helps me get comfortable, tells me how to pose, where to look etc. I can be free and make goofy mistakes, without the intensity .
Is there anything you want your fans and the fans of PUNK BLACK to know?
No matter what size you are, do what makes you happy. Even if they tell you, that you can’t. Do it anyway!!! Be free, be confident, be happy. Someone is always going to judge you, but no matter what do what makes you happy. Peace and Love