THE USUAL RANGERS
What made you think of your Cosplay name?
Our cosplay name began as the White Ranger’s gamer tag! To make it fit our group we added the “S”.
What made you get into Cosplay modeling?
We aren’t exactly “models”. We’re a group of friends who happen to love the same things! We decided to form the group and do cosplays of things we enjoy. Power Rangers was our first choice.
How long have you modeled?
Our Yellow Ranger is a veteran Cosplayer. She began in high school cosplaying Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
The White and Black Rangers, who are brothers, began in 2011 with their cosplay of Akatsuki members, Itachi and Kakuzu.
The other members are first timers breaking onto the scene with the 1995 Power Rangers Ninjetti suits.
Who’s your favorite character to model?
While our group has a few new cosplays planned, we’re still new and we wanted to start strong with our favorite super powered teenagers with attitude!
None at this time.
Do you buy outfits or do you make them yourselves?
Our Morphed outfits were made in about two months to make their debut at Dragon Con 2016. The Helmets were made by the White Ranger and the suits were made by the Yellow.
What do you feel about the presence of (or lack thereof) POC in the Cosplay scene?
To be frank, while the cosplayers of color that are out there are amazing, they are small in numbers, not because of “gatekeeping” by white cosplayers, but because of how close minded their communities are. The black community has a problem with things that are outside of “traditional black culture”; wanting to be a rapper is alright but dressing up as Spider-Man past age 9 is taboo. This keeps some of the nerdiest black kids from feeling comfortable and confident enough to wear more than a Naruto headband and regular clothes.
What are your favorite Cosplay events to attend?
Thus far DragonCon has given us the warmest welcome. But we have a list of other conventions that we’re trying to take over! Our goal this year is to expand our cosplaying network and meet more people!
Are you watching any dope animes or any shows with Cosplay worthy characters?
Our Yellow Ranger is our biggest anime nerd watching shows like Little Witch Academia, Erased, Working!! Kenka Bancho Otome, Nobunagun and Kobayashi no Maid Dragon!
Collectively we love My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Akame ga Kill Psycho Pass and One Punch Man
What are your top 3 favorite animes?
My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Z and One Punch Man!
Who was the photographer of your chosen photo?
We actually don’t know. A lot of the pictures that were taken of us were acquired from adoring bystanders.
Can you tell us anything about them? Maybe why you dig them as a photographer or a cool story about you two?
We don’t have just one photographer that we work with. However, we would like to give a shout out to the Black Geeks of Dragon Con who gave us our very first photoshoot and the most love we’ve received since we started. Specifically, Jeffery Hall, Leigh Willis, and the Aficionados, the three we look forward to seeing every year!