Hows everyone doing? Well its Monday so that of course means the
beginning of another weak. I decided to kick it off with another
awesome interview with a cosplayer article. She is a really good
friend that I have had the pleasure of photographing several times.
I think we met back in maybe 2016 or 17 im not really sure, but we
have met up at several cons since.
Each time is a great pleasure im
glad I finally got her to sit down for a Cosplay interview. Of course,
im talking about the amazing @TrinityRoze cosplay. I asked her,
her thoughts on the POC cosplay community and several other
questions to get a better feel of the cosplay world. Lets see what
@TrinityRoze had to say!
What got You into cosplay?
Honestly, I really just wanted to be Sailor Moon. When I found out
that you could really just buy or commission cosplay online, I went
for that because I literally could not sew or craft.
Why do you cosplay?
When I first started cosplaying I didn’t really have a reason behind it. I just
knew that I really wanted to be someone else. Now I do have a purpose
behind the reason for cosplay. I do it to represent diversity. Especially in the
black community. For some reason people think black girls can’t be nerds.
What Is your profession?
I currently work full-time as a manager at a pet store. I have a
bachelor’s degree in graphic design but I do not work in the field.
I’m currently enrolled in online classes for pharmaceuticals
How Do you afford cosplaying and how much do you spend on cosplaying?
Sometimes it really just depends on what character I’m trying to
portray. For example, my Mercy cosplay from OverWatch probably
cost me a little around $400 total. I had massive wings
commissioned for that cosplay.
Whats the best advice you can give to a brand new cosplayer?
Just to be yourself and don’t be afraid of what others think. People
are always going to say something and we can’t satisfy everyone. At
the end of the day don’t cosplay for other people, cosplay for
yourself. Join communities and groups on social media.
What are the best material to use when starting to cosplay?
For me it’s Google and social media LOL. I can’t really sew and I
don’t know how to craft props or armor. I mostly find references
online and go from there.
What do you think could improve the black cosplay community?
I find it ironic that the black community within the cosplay
community was created solely because the black folks are often not
accepted Within the nerd community. Yet when you look deep
within the black community in some way shape or form there are
still the same problems. Light-skinned cosplayers get more
attention and praise whereas dark skinned cosplayers are often
shunned and gone unnoticed. You commonly find issues with
sexism even within the black community.
Black males are often condemning black female nerds and it really
doesn’t make any sense. The black anime community made their
own community for acceptance and yet we still somehow manage
to tear ourselves apart Within our own space. Honestly, I’m not
sure what can improve the black cosplay community. Maybe if we
weren’t so busy fighting racism against the black cosplay
community we could take that time and energy and focus on
Is it Hard to cosplay as a POC cosplayer?
It can be hard yes. There are people that just always have nasty
things to say. We’re always not enough and someone’s eyes.
What would you like to see changed in the POC community?
I wouldn’t necessarily say the POC community needs to change. I
would say that racist people in the cosplay community needs to
change. They are the ones that are often attacking people that are
often representing the POC community.
Do you think its hard for POC people to find cosplays that tailor to them and there body types?
This is a very good question. Yes I do find it hard to find cosplay
that fit me appropriately. As someone that does not sew or make
my own costumes, it can be very difficult to find an appropriate fit.
That’s also why most of my cosplays are spandex style costumes. I
have a curvy figure and these costumes tend to fit me best.
What is one thing you would change about the POC community?
Racism and sexism
Have you found any really good site to buy cosplay related items?
Yes. I use Heroestime for my Spandex suits. You can get a lot of
custom made suits from them
What is your favorite con and why?
Probably Acen (Chicago) and Momocon. I enjoyed my roommates
from Acen and Momocon is around my birthday so it’s like I’m
What is your least favorite con and why?
I’ll probably get some heat for this but for some reason I don’t
enjoy DragonCon as much as everyone else does. I’m often never
prepared for it because it’s usually right before another convention
that I go to. The couple of times I have been I didn’t actually expect
to go. Both times I had fun but I can’t quite put my finger on why I
don’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy the others… I think I would like it
more if I could meet certain cosplayers that I’ve always wanted to
meet but never actually get a chance to.
What is an embarrassing cosplay moment you have had?
I can’t really think of one that was Major. But I do recall one of my
cosplays having a damaged a zipper. Because it was during the
convention I was unable to get it repaired so I went to a photoshoot
and told my photographer not to shoot me from the angle where
the damaged Zipper was and my skin was showing lol.
Is it more important to be accurate with your cosplay or put your own flair/spin on the cosplay?
Both. You should be as accurate as you want to be. Not everything
has to be perfect. Putting your spin on things makes it even more
interesting and unique.
Which cosplayers do you look up to?
Do you have a cosplay crush? If so who and why?
God I LOVE Izzy Saeko. Her confidence is what attracts me. She’s
also very beautiful.
What are youre overall cosplay goals?
To make a change. I stand for anyone that thinks that they can’t
cosplay because they are too tall, too short, too fat, too skinny, too
light, too dark, too different. Anyone can cosplay. And I just want to
be here to remind people of that.
What is your dream cosplay if money and time didn’t matter?
I’m not sure if I can pull it off but I plan on doing a Halloween
Witch Mercy cosplay. I would also like to get another set of wings
commissioned for it.
I hope you enjoyed this interview and several other interviews can
be found here! I would like to thank @Trinityroze cosplay again
for this interview and her incite into the cosplay world. Im always
looking to meet new cosplayers and get them on the blog for
interviews. If this sounds like something you would be interested in
feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I
would love to hear your perspective on the cosplay community and
any improvements that can be made. Well that’s it for today post,
until next time, stay BOUNDLESS!!!