Sunday, February 22, 2015

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Violence in the Costuming Community

Photo by Green House Photography
A shocking revelation has recently rocked the costuming community. Many brave women have come forward in admitting that they have been sexually assaulted at conventions and hotel rooms by male cosplayers. They have been raped, beaten, threatened and stalked. This isn't a case of he said-she said. In some cases there are police reports (although no charges were filed) in addition to piles of damning evidence by more than dozens of women who can prove they were abused at the hands of predators and sociopaths hiding within the cosplay community. I've seen some of this evidence with my own eyes and trust me when I say, it is disturbing. These are rapists, plain and simple. Sexual violence against women is NEVER acceptable. Speaking out about it is one of the first steps you can take in healing and raising awareness. As Amazon Sisters, we need to protect one another and take a stand in putting a stop to this.

If you have been a victim of sexual violence first and foremost what you must understand is that it was not your fault. You did not deserve what happened to you. The fault lies in your attacker and him alone and he will do it again to someone else. Below I have listed some steps to help on the path for healing that I hope can guide my amazon sisters to peace.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Costuming VS Getting Your Life Together

Photo by Future Photography by M3
As of late I have observed numerous individuals that are so passionate and focused on costuming that they unknowingly disregard the responsibilities of their personal life. I want to point out that there is certainly nothing wrong with being devoted to cosplay. Costuming is healthy. It is creative and takes hard work. To many, it is a form of self expression. To others, it can be therapeutic. It's fun and delightful to research a costume and put it all together. Sewing, painting, molding worbla, everything involved in creating a costume is bad ass. However if the craft has taken over your life to the point where you can hardly put food on the table, your living situation is not where it should be or majority of your paycheck is going to costume building yet you are creating Kickstarters for "life expenses", something is very, very wrong. It's time dear friends, to make a choice between costuming and getting your life together.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Lois Lane Effect

Since her debut in Action Comics #1 Lois Lane has inspired a string of feisty female journalists who are often the supporting character to the leading male super hero. The award winning reporter from Metropolis has become a pop culture icon since her debut in June 1938. The sometimes damsel in distress is also an independent modern woman with her own award winning career and has proven that you don't need super powers to fight for truth, justice and the American Way. This very mortal woman is also an important part of Superman's/Clark Kent's support system. He viewed her as an equal and she won his heart and hand in marriage. Despite the New 52 Universe wiping it away, the Superman/Lois Lane star-crossed love story remains the first great romance in comic book history and is legendary. Whether it's the damsel in distress or the love interest, it's clear many super heroes need their own fabulous version of Lois Lane.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Difference Between Cosplay & Pro Modeling

Costuming and professional modeling are two very different things. Costuming is all about fun and playing by your own rules. It's about expressing your fandom, crafting and bringing a character to life. Professional modeling is about completing a job you were hired to do by a paying client. You have to be at a particular location at a certain time. You must be professional at all times and contracts are signed. On some occasions you are paid in cash, others in check. Call sheets and instructions are given such as "please exfoliate your skin the night before" or "please make sure your hair is washed the night before and do not apply any product". Sometimes you are on set with dozens of people. Other times, that number is much smaller. I have personally felt like a Barbie doll as I am whisked around a set, my hair being played with, my skin being studied and being dressed and studied by the wardrobe department.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Native American Indian Maiden Costume

Costume Super Center has a large variety of Native American costumes on their online store. This review is for their Native American Indian Maiden Costume currently priced at $38.24. The costume comes with a dress, headband with feather and boot cuffs. The dress is available in sizes small, medium and large and is made of polyester. It can be hand washed and air dried. The costume is made by the Franco Costume Couture company. A listing of the item for purchase can be found HERE.



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Interview: Photographer Dru Phillips (AMPCosplay)

Photo by Your Mojo by Jojo
Fashion photographer Dru Phillips of AMP Cosplay has brought his unique and creative eye to the world of costuming. Based in Georgia, the man of many talents has a gorgeous portfolio full of stunning images of characters that rival those seen in Hollywood. He has evolved from photographer to cosplayer and is a member of the Heroes Alliance charity organization. Dru took some time to talk to the Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog about his art as a photographer, charity work, the first character he choose to cosplay and much more.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Costuming in 2014: A Year in Review

2014 is coming to an end which means it's time for my annual year in review costume breakdown. For new readers of Confessions of a Cosplay Girl, this means I list all of the new and fun characters I brought to life  this year. The list  is pretty long and features my first gender bender character and two characters featuring body paint. My thanks to all of the amazing photographers I have shot with in 2014!