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Cosplayer Of The Month - Ruka

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 Ruka!

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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
Cosplayer Of The Month Questions

Can you tell us about your first cosplay?

The first cosplay I ever made completely from scratch was Roxas from Kingdom Hearts II. That was about 14 years ago now. I was really new to crafting, but I learned so much from making it. I'm still honestly really proud of it.

Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?

Right now, I'm most proud of my Wonder Woman suit. I've remade the corset four or five times now, but I finally have something I'm pretty satisfied with. She's easily one of my top three favourite costumes to wear.

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?

Cosplay is my way of expressing the things I'm passionate about. Every character I choose is one I relate to in some way or feel inspired by, and my favourite hobby is bringing those characters to life in my own way. A lot of my self-confidence growing up as a teenager came from being able to feel like characters that I think are strong and powerful.

Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?

I'm inspired by all the incredible local cosplayers I see throughout conventions in Edmonton and Calgary.

If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?

If you're thinking of making something, just bite the bullet and do it. You'll never improve if you never try. There is also no set wrong or right way to craft, and never let anyone tell you otherwise. You don't have to make everything out of foam, WORBLA, or whatever popular materials people use. Find a medium you enjoy working with and get creative!

What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?

The hardest part is actually wearing a costume at a con. I think most costumes out there are pretty uncomfortable, hard to move in, or extremely warm. But it's worth it!

Is there a cosplay piece you’re currently working on? 

Right now, I've been slowly working on little pieces here and there. It's been hard with conventions being cancelled. But I do plan on making the Wonder Woman 1984 gold armour!