Cosplayer of the Month - Gelnythe Cosplay
Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Gelnythe Cosplay!
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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
Can you tell us about your first cosplay?
Back in 2015, I attended my first convention in Regina, and made my very first Cosplay, Link from Legend of Zelda! I was so determined to make a cosplay by hand, that I attempted to use a sewing machine to make it. It was a bit messy, but it was the first time I did a full cosplay with props and a wig. I even managed to convince my brother to be Shadow/Dark Link with me and I actually still have the tunic to this day.
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
The cosplay piece I am most proud of is my Shana Dragoon Armour from the PS1 Game Legend of the Dragoon! It was the first time I had ever made armour and worked with EVA foam. The whole cosplay was made out of kids interlocking playmate and cardboard. It was difficult to do, and I could barely walk, but I had such a fun time doing all the details. Eventually, I'll make another one out of Worbla/Eva again.
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
For me, I hope to achieve happiness. I use cosplay as a stress release for my anxiety/depression because it brings my heart so much joy to create. I also love to see the smiles that cosplays brings to other people.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to fail! I struggle hard with making everything perfect and as accurate as I can, that I don't allow myself to fail. But the biggest part of anything is learning from your failure. If something doesn't work, then use that experience to try something new! Oh and never let someone tell you NOT to cosplay a character. It doesn't matter who the character is or if your height, weight, age, or skin matches. YOU will look amazing because of the love you're showing the character.
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The hardest part of cosplaying is learning to ignore the hate or give in to the pressure. So many people try to gatekeep in the community, and over the years it has gotten so bad. With the high demand for things like 'Lewds' or nudes, it can be discouraging for those of us who cosplay for fun. But the biggest problem is the negativity/racism towards BIPOC cosplayers cosplaying "white" characters.
There is this illusion that you have to be perfect and exactly like the character that we are pulling away from the amazing BIPOC cosplayers and stopping young cosplayers from bringing their own love and passion into the community. We all just need to learn to accept and love the individuality we bring to these characters, regardless of gender, age, race, etc.