March 18 - 21, 2021

Orange County Convention Center

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Cosplayer of the Month - Sailor Virgo 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 Sailor Virgo Cosplay!

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Cosplayer Of The Month Questions
Cosplayer Of The Month Questions

What city are you based in?

I’m based in the good old tourist capital, Orlando!

Can you tell us about your first cosplay?

My first cosplay/convention is permanently etched into my brain! In 2007 I decided to go to my first convention, Anime Boston with a couple high school friends. I took the train into the city in full cosplay, dressed as the homunculus “Lust” from the anime/manga Full Metal Alchemist (Even in this very early phase, I could already say I checked off a cosplayer “right of passage” when I got my first *wearing cosplay in a public place stares*). Without much of a social media community in 2007- aka. The days before Instagram- it was difficult to find a community of people with similar passions. I was so timid but I wanted to push myself to join a community where I felt accepted. It was so unifying! Everyone had these passions just like me, and no one was judged for it.

This year in 2020, I redid my Lust cosplay with some new materials and better skills! But the major change in my opinion is the absence of fear. Nerd culture has become widely accepted now. So many of us cosplay and it is celebrated and shared! I’m so glad I redid this costume- it connected me to that meek 16 year old. Trying something new when I was a teenager led me to join a beautiful community of cosplayers and creators.

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

Big builds are time consuming- but SO satisfying! My first foam-crafted project was the armor for my Twilight Princess Zelda. It took a long time, I made a few mistakes along the way, burned a lot of fingers with hot glue, but in the end I made something I was proud of. That satisfaction makes me want to tackle even bigger builds!

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?

…Serotonin! A creative outlet is all I am truly looking for. Although I’ve been cosplaying since 2007, I only recently started posting to social media for it - right when I was furloughed from my job due to covid. I really desired an outlet to feel like I was growing, and cosplay has become my anti-depressant! I’ve found one of the most satisfying things to be the support I’ve found in other cosplayers: I feel empowered when the friends I’ve made like my projects and it brings me so much joy to see and comment on their work!

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

Speaking of the cosplay community, there are so many talented, inspiring creators. From armor crafting skills (@cowbuttcrunchies), makeup (@flawless_by_tenisha), photography (@jeffzoevisuals), edits (@gyarmati_sandor) to construction and sewing (@le_atlass), there is an endless display of artistry and ingenuity in cosplay!

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

Pick something to cosplay that you love, this is all for fun! Be patient and kind with yourself if it doesn’t turn out perfect. Also, be wary of your mental space and comparing your work to others! Cosplay can sometimes feel like a contest. But that is only okay if you are physically entering yourself into an actual cosplay contest! Otherwise, you are an artist, expressing yourself freely! Be kind to yourself! Are you proud of what you’re creating and putting out there? That’s great! Don’t let social media, or even your own inner voice make you feel ‘less than.' We are all worthy creators.

What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?

I chose the handle SuperSailorVirgo for a reason: I am a true Virgo in the worst ways. A lot of times my biggest challenge is myself. I tend to expect perfection, even if it’s a technique or project I’ve never done before. It can be draining and tiring, so it’s important to remind myself to pause and look at the progress versus the result to celebrate other virgo qualities: being creative, patient, and hard-working.

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

I’d like to welcome you to imagine my cosplay closet where there are currently 1.5 million half finished, abandoned, or just recently developing ideas. Fabrics, foam, even little vampire teeth strewn about, and a 3d printer whirring in the background. There is an automail arm that I’m working on from one of my favorite anime, as well as a big cartoon dragon build that I am modifying from a previous owner! I’m making a giant sword for an awesome android, and I’m in the middle of acquiring the perfect wig for a bubbly orange alien!