Cosplayer Of The Month - Baby Bel Bel
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 Baby Bel Bel!
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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
What city are you based in?
I’m originally from Pickering but I’ve been living in Toronto now for over 12 years.
Can you tell us about your first cosplay?
I’ve always loved dressing up and performing. I used to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in kindergarten and make all of my fellow classmates “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” I think growing up watching Canadian icon, Mr.Dressup helped me find my confidence and explore my creativity at a young age.
Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?
It's a tie between my Captain Marvel costume because I was one of the first to pull the MCU Captain Marvel cosplay after photos from the movie set leaked online. Also, my Power Rangers Rita Repulsa cosplay because I planned on using that cosplay look for Halloween 2020 events. I spent a small fortune creating it but during the process, all the events were cancelled due to the second COVID lockdown. I still wanted to be creative for Halloween though and decided to share the photos to my Instagram and get some love and attention that way.
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
The best part of cosplay is putting smiles on other people’s faces, fellow nerds, fellow superhero fans or pop culture geeks. I especially love adding or showing references that only a specific audience will appreciate. I also love incorporating my cosplay into my Drag persona. One day, I'd love to travel to cons all over the world with my Drag cosplay.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
Keep trying, keep improving, and never give up. Cosplay as characters that mean something to you and ones that connect with you most. Don't just cosplay something because it’s trendy. Most importantly. remember to have fun.
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
The hardest part of cosplaying would depend on how crazy the costume/props are. I’ve spent over six hours wearing high heels and sweating in multiple layers of costumes while holding heavy prop pieces at FAN EXPO Canada. Sometimes the costume takes so long to put on you can’t go to the bathroom without another hour-long process of getting back on all the layers. Still, the pure joy of cosplay is worth it all in the end.