Cosplay is for Everyone!

As I write this I am at the end of my first year cosplaying. Cosplay has been amazing – it has given me a fun way to celebrate my favourite fandoms. It has taught me new skills, brought me new friends and has boosted my confidence. My only regret is not doing it earlier – why didn’t I do it earlier? Simple really. I listened to the naysayers, the toxic and negative people telling me I am too old, too fat and too shy to do it. So I thought why not write a blog about it – because if I can help encourage more positivity in just one person then why not!

I started making my first costume in 2020 but this year 2022 has been my first cosplay year because it was my first time in costume at conventions and events. My first event was back in March. Since then I have gone to more events and more conventions and loved every minute!

Then cue the toxic people. I will walk around a convention as my resistance pilot or one of my Twi’leks and most of the comments are positive, but among those positive comments and the joy on peoples faces seeing their favourite fandoms and characters come to life there is the people who mutter that “you wouldn’t have an x-wing pilot that big” or “Where in Star Wars is there fat twi’leks?” “They are supposed to be attractive not fat” as I’ve walked around with my husband we’ve heard people talk about cosplayers as things or objects for their entertainment or more creepily their ‘enjoyment’ it gets me thinking how many prospective cosplayers hear all that and are put off? How many of us have stopped making cosplays because of the toxic negativity?

Cosplay is for everyone and its time for us to stop letting people belittle us and bully us. Let’s bring some positivity back and do better!

I am a firm believer that it is the costume that is the focus. Not the cosplayer. If you are fat and you want to cosplay a character that is thin go for it. If you want to cosplay a different gender character then go for it. If you want to cosplay a character that is a different race go for it. As long as you are respectful to the race, gender and to the character and you aren’t completely insulting someone go for it! 

I see so many incredibly talented cosplayers around and admire and appreciate the effort that has gone into creating and making their costume – lets focus on that – talk to us about our costume, did we make it? How long did it take? How much fun is it? Who cares what the person looks like – we cosplay to celebrate characters and fandoms.

This has been something I have myself had to remind myself of lately as my next cosplan that is due to be started April next year is Duchess Satine from Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series. She has been on the wish list for a while, but I had that little voice in the back of my head telling me to give into the bullies and the toxic people – I’m too big, too old, too ugly, can’t pull it off. But after speaking to others and realising that if someone came to me saying that I would tell them it’s the costume that is the focus, it’s the costume not the cosplayer, if you want to cosplay her and you’ll have fun doing it then do it! So I am doing it – she is my next cosplan and I am so excited to get her started.

We all go through wobbles of whether we should cosplay a character – and as long as we have fun doing it and are not completely insulting anyone or doing anything illegal then go for it!

If you are reading this and have made sense of my ramblings then please don’t let the toxic people and bullies effect whether you cosplay or not. If you want to cosplay then do it – big, small, old, young, no matter your gender or race, cosplay is for us all. And there are a lot of positive cosplayers and fans out there who will celebrate you and appreciate your cosplays – focus on them and your enjoyment of cosplay. We all cosplay for different reasons – focus on your reason to cosplay. Be positive. Be kind.

Together if we are all kind to each other the world will be a better place.

If you’ve experienced bullying while out at an event please don’t let it effect you negatively – reach out to someone, my DMs are always open for anyone who wants to talk.

Always remember – COSPLAY IS FOR EVERYONE!

Be kind and be positive folks.

: )

My Twi’lek takes shape!

This has been something I have wanted to do for so long but I was always weary about wearing the lekku – there was always that voice in the back of my head telling me that I couldn’t and shouldn’t do it – but I took a huge leap and ordered some latex lekku from the amazing blast.fx on etsy (if you’re looking for lekku seriously check them out!)

So I drew up some designs while I waited for my lekku to arrive. This after all isn’t based on a character – it’s my own design!

I like that this whole costume can be added to and developed over time! It’ll be constantly changing, new clothes, new props…its so exciting!

So I’m going relatively simple with the design – a sleeveless jacket, leggings with detailing and a vest top with detailing. As I have tattoos on my arms I’m opting for an arm wrap that will reduce the awkwardness of trying to cover up tattoos with make up!

It wasn’t long before my lekku arrived and of course I had to give them a try on! First time wearing them it felt tight on my head – like a pressure all around my head – I am sure it is something you get used to – it was just something I wasn’t expecting.

I got myself some make up – went for water activated for now I have the mehron and moon creations in teal – they are very similar and both will be used to add a bit of dimension! Then its just playing around with eyeshadows for the rest of the detail!

I was really happy with the first attempt – there are some tweaks I will do in the future – tidy it up a bit – but for the first attempt at doing anything like this I was happy with how it went!

I have made a headband as you can see – it’ll do for now but I am not happy with it, it could be a lot neater stitching wise and I am thinking off adding something to it to make it more interesting, I am thinking of adding some goggles…

I have got my footwear sorted – just some chunky chelsea boots – comfortable and they will look pretty close to in universe footwear. I have also started 3D printing my blaster and other props.

This one will be a work in progress for a while, but its going to be wearable while I add props etc.

I will update some more soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Cosplay Beginnings!

Well here I am taking a huge step and beginning my blog/website to document my cosplay journey! It’s a big step for me for a few reasons, the first being I am a shy person and suffer with anxiety so being this open about things doesn’t come naturally to me. But over the last few years my confidence has grown to a point where I am ready to start my documenting my cosplay journey!

I’ve always been a bit of geek!! And I am proud of that fact. I love gaming, Batman, other DC comics, Star Wars (to name just a couple things!!)…and I have always been amazed at the cosplayers I have seen online. But my anxiety got the better of me and I had decided that cosplay wasn’t for me because of my size, because I’m shy, because I don’t know how to sew!

Obviously, I don’t feel like that now and that is in part down to the fact that I started my strongwoman (a fabulous sport where we lift awkward heavy things for fun!!) journey in 2019 and the confidence that gave me started to churn the wheels of thought to costumes. After some long drawn out conversations with myself and my husband, I decided to take the plunge. I thought why not just do it, make a Star Wars costume from scratch! Use the process to learn new skills and in turn improve my confidence even more and let the real me shine through!

What I have learnt so far is my anxiety was messing with me because it doesn’t matter who you are, or your size or skill level – cosplay is for everyone!

So my first costume was started February 2020 before the world got locked down, and here I am nearly 18 months later and I am so close to finishing part of my resistance pilot costume – the more I complete the more excited I become!! I can not wait to get this finished!

I have definitely caught the cosplay bug and already have far too many cosplans! But I am going to take it slow, do little bits and pieces to learn the skills, get used to the materials and make some absolutely awesome props and things in the process!

so welcome to my general ramblings and cosplay journey – thank you for taking some time and I will try to update this regularly with updates!! Don’t forget to follow my cosplay, PT company and personal page on Instagram to get more updates on all things strength and cosplay!

Finally, I am completely new to all this so I do ask that you bear that in mind when having a look around and most importantly be kind!

Stay Strong!

Until next time….

Helen