What got you into cosplay?
The beautiful images I found on the Internet of people in costume, and the detail of anime designs.
What was your first costume and why?
A Sailor Neptune costume I put together (read: no real sewing) for Halloween of my freshman year of high school, using materials from a dance shop. Why? At the time I WAS OBSESSED with Michiru!!! You have no idea - the only thing I would think about was Sailor Moon. Maybe you can relate.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My KH2 Aerith Gainsborough outfit... it is very comfy and makes me happy :>
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to have a Makoto/Jupiter wardrobe... it's been six years since my BSSM obsession, and it has been revived recently with PGSM, and Sailor Jupiter (both BSSM and PGSM) is my new favorite senshi. =) I also have a new attraction for Aerith (cosplaying her is so fun when I have friends who cosplay the other characters!) ...And my absolute DREAM costumes are big, amazing dresses - Rose of Versailles, Phantom of the Opera, etc. I would love to be Marie Antoinette, for example, but I am scared off by the fact that many current Marie cosplayers' dresses allegedly cost an arm and a leg!!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Sailor JAM-boree performances for kids... I can't describe the feeling you get when you walk in and see kids' eyes light up b/c they think you're the real Sailor Senshi... one little girl I'll never forget walked up to me and stared at me like O_O for a solid 15 seconds before I broke the silence asking her in my broken Japanese if Jupiter is her favorite (she nodded and gave me a hug)... another girl gave me some candy :> Our Moon was asked for autographs!
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Definitely, my cosplay duo (Lion-Hearts Cosplay, a.k.a. my boyfriend and me :>) winning our first award at PMX05! Hopefully we will earn more in the future!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
- Honorable Mention: Craftsmanship, Group @ PMX
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a college senior, studying biological sciences. I am currently applying to medical school and hope to attend UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. I am Puerto Rican by heritage and was born in San Juan. I would say my Spanish is semi-fluent. :>
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I looooove Asian stuff, and of all the places I've been fortunate enough to visit around the world, Japan and China have by far been my favorite destinations! =D My mom thinks that deep down I wish I was Asian. I don't blame her... I'm in an Asian sorority and most of my friends happen to be Asian. :>;; Brown on the outside, yellow on the inside, I guess o.o;;
My favorite anime
ROSE OF VERSAILLES, Sailor Moon (all incarnations), Fushigi Yuugi, Peach Girl, Utena, Kimagure Orange Road, Hana Yori Dango, Battle Angel, Ghost in the Shell (first movie only). I've kinda fallen out of the anime loop because most anime kind of bores me now :>;;;;;;;;;. But my love for Sailor Moon will never die - and my newest favorite (finally!) is Rose of Versailles!
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasies IV, VI, VIII, and X-2; Chrono Cross; Tekken 5 and Tag; Street Fighter EX series
My favorite book(s)
Iliad by Homer, Dracula by Bram Stoker
My favorite character(s)
Squall Leonhart (FFVIII), Lee Chaolan (Tekken), Sailor Jupiter (BSSM/PGSM)
My favorite movies(s)
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie musical), Interview with the Vampire, Underworld (first one only), The original Star Wars trilogy, V for Vendetta, Spiderman 2, Rush Hour, Legally Blonde, Austin Powers, Road Trip, Grandma's Boy
My favorite actors/actresses
Emmy Rossum, Antonio Banderas, Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan