About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
My friends at college were into it, and kept bragging about how much fun they had had at all these conventions. I had no idea what the hell cosplaying even was, so asked, and was hooked. And I kept seeing pictures of people online that had cosplayed too. It just seemed like a really fun thing to do- only my mother is deadset against it cause she thinks it's a waste of money...
What was your first costume and why?
It's Deidara from Naruto!! Damn, it came out so amazingly- even my hair, although the spray-on dye was horrid(the gel turned my hair brown, then I had to re-dye my hair back to blonde- ugh!) But everyone at my college thought I looked amazing, and knew who I was supposed to be too, which surprised me, with all those preppy assholes there. Guess they aren't as bad as I thought. Even preps watch anime, who knew? Eh, looked amazing at AnimeNEXT though.. and my sis was able to do my hair differently, so I didn't need to use shitty dyes this time!
What is your favorite costume and why?
Hard to say... This time last year it was Deidara, because it's easy to wear, I need no wig, and I look pretty decent in the outfit. But at this point, something like that- with the cloak having been bought on top of it all- is too simple for me. I still like the costume, don't get me wrong, but I think my favorite is my Azula costume, even though the wig needs work. And hey! I can be a bitch, no question asked, lol! I realllly love my Jihl Nabaat costume too. It's so beautiful, and I put so much sweat and blood into it. I'm really proud that most of it came out so beautifully. It's a keeper, and I will make sure to wear it at each convention.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Updated...screw Pirates of the Caribbean, I happened to see someone talking about FFVI and someone named Celes, and got curious..and when I searched her on Google...OMG... That opera dress- it is so full of win. That is my dream dress, I'd wear something like that every day if I could without being institutionalized... Celes opera dress is my new dream costume, and I WILL make it a reality by Otakon 2011. And I'm going to sing the opera song too. ...Maybe not at Otakon, because I'm not sure but it might have been done in '09...but it will happen at some convention in 2011.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
When that crazy Tobi cosplayer came over to me in Burger King at AnimeNEXT, glomped me, and like knocked me down, then started saying that Deidara-sempai has to give Tobi a hug. I did, but damn that was freaky, and my sis thought so too- even though she was laughing at me!!! Not very memorable, I know, but hell, I'm shy and make it my business to STAY AWAY from people like that Tobi, so yeah..
Do you participate in masquerades?
No... I'd love to, but before this year had never made an entire costume on my own- parts were bought or commissioned. My sister and I plan on entering in the near future though! Only...not by ourselves. So, any takers? :). I'll make whatever costume is needed if you want me to be in your skit, and it actually sounds interesting. :)
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
No. I just started making entire costumes myself, with Orihime and Jihl this year. Entered Jihl at Otakon, but didn't expect to win at such a big convention. So no, since my other costumes were either storebought in part, or commissioned in part. Though I did win once in high school when we had this special fair thing(not Halloween, I don't even remember what the hell it was- Catholic Schools week, maybe?..) and I made a costume from a show.. too embarrassed to say which show, but I did look exactly like the character- and won $50.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a 26 year old girl who lives in NJ. I graduated from college in May 2009, and now I'm finishing my Masters in Biomedical Science at UMDNJ and also attending Rutgers School of Law. I live with my family- parents, 2 brothers, and a sister- and 2 of them cosplay with me. Um... I don't know what else to say... what do YOU want to know about me? Just ask anything.
My favorite anime
Naruto, Code Geass, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Bleach, Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, FMA, Digimon, Gunsmith Cats, and Rurouni Kenshin. And I'm obsessed with Avatar, but that kinda only half counts...but hey, it's American anime, okay!?
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy XIII, Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood
My favorite book(s)
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Gone With The Wind, War of the Worlds, The Illiad... many, many more...
My favorite character(s)
Itachi is my life!!!! He's mine, got it?! -rabid fangirling- Also from Naruto, I really like Deidara, Temari, Konan, Hinata, Sasori, Rock Lee, Sakura, and Tobi. And from Bleach.. I don't know that I have a fav per se, but I like Hitsugaya, Ulquiorra, Orihime, Rukia, and Ishida.
My favorite movies(s)
A lot.. to many to think of right now, or to list.. Ask me if you wanna know if I like a certain one. But my all time favs are Stargate, The Dark Knight, and The Lord of the Rings.
My favorite actors/actresses
None- I don't like actors and actresses that much- they're stuck up and could care less about their fans... So why should I care about them? I watch movies for the plot, not because society tells me I should because a certain person is popular and will be in it.

Aurora Maryte

United States



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