About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
When I heard of cosplay I really wanted to get into it, but I couldn't find any conventions or anything in the area. Plus, my mom thought it was kind of weird at first, so she wasn't much help until I convinced her to make me a costume when the time came, which was when--finally--I discovered AnimeSTL! After that, I was completely hooked, and over time taught myself how to sew and create my own costumes.
What was your first costume and why?
Zexion from Kingdom Hearts. I loved his overall character and design, especially the hair. I quickly learned that I didn't fit the bill, however, and moved rather rapidly onto Mello from Death Note, who I consider my first real costume because it was made single-handedly by me, rather than by my mom.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Fay from Tsubasa. He's an oldie but a goodie and I'm looking forward to revamping what I already have, as well as making new variations of him.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Princess Zelda! I've loved her ever since I was a little kid because I grew up on those games with my siblings. Years before I knew what cosplay was I always wanted to be her for Halloween. Even though that never happened, someday I'll make it! My other dream is Sailor Moon. My sister and I always used to watch it together, and I have all the episodes and *most* of the wands and dolls (wish I had more, but they're so expensive these days :C) So next would to have the outfit, haha!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've done it four times now! The first was a walk-on at ASTL 2009 with Savvy as Mello and Matt, and then at Youmacon 2009 we got craftmanship judging for Jasdero and Devitto, and then I did another walk-on at Youmacon 2010 with my Princess Tutu group, and then at AnimeSTL 2011 Fayzee and I walked on as Flynn and Rapunzel.
What was your best masquerade experience?
AnimeSTL as Rapunzel ~ I met so many amazing friends that day in the Green Room, and going on stage was so much fun!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes :) I won an honorable mention in craftmanship at Youmacon 2009 for Jasdero and Debitto and at AnimeSTL 2011, I got best in class for the Journeyman Division for Rapunzel and Flynn!
Tell us a little about yourself
I go to SCAD and it's intense as hell, but my other half Tobie attends with me and we're like a mystical powerhouse team.

Zhelly

United States



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