Heroes Con was great, but there was one cosplay related incident and so I wrote a thing
This is a cosplay plan of mine, so can we just talk about this character for a sec?
This is Aphrodite, a character who has been announced but hasn’t appeared yet in a webcomic called Olympus Overdrive. I don’t normally read webcomics, but Olympus Overdrive is an exception. To give a very quick idea of what it’s about, Greek gods and godesses get assigned a human to play a game that will decide who gets to rule Olympus
Anyways, this character hasn’t even appeared, and I already love her. You know why? Because here is a plus size character who isn’t covered up, who isn’t a joke, who isn’t boring. The author made the goddess of love, beauty and femininity a plus size girl, and not only that, one who wears sexy clothing and looks confident in herself. She looks sassy and badass, and I love it. I can’t say anything about her personality yet, but i’m in love with the fact that a webcomic author has decided to put a chubby girl in a role that screams confidence and sexiness. Thank you Olympus Overdrive for designing a plus size character who is sexy, cute and sassy!
People often message me asking how I am able to be so body confident. I was not always this way. Being this comfortable in my own skin took time. When I was in high school I lamented my thick thighs. I didn’t wear shorts. When I was sitting in class I would rest my weight on my toes so that my thighs wouldn’t squish against my chair and appear even larger. It also didn’t help that people I considered friends called me thunder thighs to my face.
What changed me? Graduating high school helped a lot. But mostly, it was cosplay. Suddenly my curves were being praised instead of scorned. I started to look at myself differently. Yes my thighs are larger than average. But so are Wonder Woman’s. Yes my hips are wider than average. But so are Beyonce’s. The confidence I gained from cosplay also came from doing what I love. I largely hid my nerdy side in favor of being friends with the popular kids. A massive mistake, I realize now. But allowing myself to be me and like what I like opened the door to expressing myself creatively through cosplay and modeling. And because I have such a good understanding of my skills and limitations, I’m confident enough as a person to know that what people think of me doesn’t matter. What matters is what I think of me. It seems like such a simple idea, but it’s so difficult to put into practice. I try to remember Eleanor Roosevelt’s words:
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
If you don’t love you, how can you expect anyone else to?
Alexandria the Red
Photo: Davann Srey Photography
I played Dr. Frank-N-Furter to very strong acclaim and only got snarked at once by a dude who complained that I was the wrong gender… wrong gender to play a genderfluid alien from the planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Trannsylvania? Gimme a break.
The many kinds of girl - Now in three extra sizes by ~vonnie-seiyuki-chan
Here I am as Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove. I loved how sassy I got to be in this cosplay. I wore this to Anime Banzai, Utah, 2013. BOOM BABY!!
OH MY GOD, GUYS THIS IS AMAZING, I CAN’T DEAL WITH HOW COOL THIS IS!
"This dress was a dream cosplay for me, so it was great to finally make it! The hand-beading on the bodice alone took over 200 hours and the skirt is over 40 yards of chiffon. "
Pannon as Princess Serenity
Photo by Muzo Gul
"Your too fat."
"I didn’t know [insert character] was black!"
"Why don’t you do more black cosplays?"
"Cosplay to your size!"
"I don’t think that looks right on you, why don’t you cosplay [insert character] instead?"
"Why is [insert character] black? They’re not black in the show."
"You shouldn’t cross-play, it looks weird on you."
"Your boobs are too big for [insert character]."
To everyone who as ever posted a comment or question like this, my answer:
I am a black plus size female cosplayer, if you don’t like it… well honestly I don’t care. The more you comment like an idiot, the more it feeds my will power to prove I’m an amazing cosplayer, not matter what you say. I may have days, or even weeks when I feel down about myself, but that will never stop me from doing what I love. I may have large boobs, chubby stomach, double chin, hair on my face, dark spots around my face and body, and a flat butt, but I rock any cosplay I put on. So grow up, and get out of my face. <3
Cardcaptor - Syaoran n Meilin by vaxzone
Roxy The Wandering Dreamer
Roxy - http://kitty-maru.tumblr.com/
Photographer - https://www.facebook.com/FangFoxPhotos
Oh my god. These came out so well!!!
Contrast - Didi and Dawn by straychild77