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Unread 02-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Making yourself seem taller? (Short person help!)

So I'm short. Like, really short. 5'1" max.

I want to cosplay a lot of characters that are traditionally seen as...taller. And sexy characters. I like to emulate character's personalities. Unfortunately, I'm short and cute. Even some cosplays just don't look good because I'm short.

Any tips or suggestions on making yourself seem taller and less "cute"? I was thinking photographing more looking upwards than straight-on or downwards, but even then, it doesn't help much.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Unread 02-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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- Have someone shorter cosplaying beside you
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Unread 02-27-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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This is a bit late, but you could always buy a pair of Platform boots.. c:
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Unread 02-27-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Photo angles really do help!!

Allow me to demonstrate with two of my cosplay photos
Shooting from above: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3354905/
Shooting from below: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3342410/

See how the first one makes me look short and the last one makes me look sorta tall??

But yeah, aside from that maybe platform or heeled shoes would help give you some height?
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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I encounter this problem quite a bit... I am only 5'3" and I cosplay a character represented by someone who is 5'10" It's rather annoying and I get the "You're such a cute cosplayer" thing along with "Aren't you a bit short to do this character?" all the time, yea, definitely not fun being so short :P
Agreed with the photo angles and finding cosplayers near the same height as you. Not entirely sure if platform shoes are always the way to go though (and this is just personal preference), but to me, platform shoes kind of throw off the whole look of the cosplay unless the shoes can easily be hidden or if it sort of makes sense for the character. But for example, seeing Sherlock (from BBC Sherlock) in platform shoes would confuse me a bit.

In addition to playing with camera angles, when you take pictures with other cosplayers, if the heights are not all proportional you could maybe have taller people standing farther back or kneeling down, position the taller cosplayers involved in your photoshoots strategically.

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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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As for looking taller, it is angles and who you're with, it's all about perspective.

And for looking less "cute" the best way to play with that is to play with makeup. You wouldn't believe what some intense makeup can do.

You also have to believe it yourself. If you don't think you radiate the character, others won't either.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 03:13 AM   #8
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Well, if you Cosplay in a group, get the other cosplayers to have the fitting proportions to you. An example: I cosplay Mulan from the Disney movie and a friend does Cinderella. I'm pretty tall (considering that Mulan is asian, unlike me, this IS an issue), but my friend is a small bit taller than me- as is Cinderella is compared to Mulan

Also, as said befor, shoes and camera angles on photos sure help. I also liked Sweeney's tip with having taller cosplayers kneeling or standing farther away. This usually makes height differences disappear. We also had photos were it was the other way round (tall people standing, smaller people kneeling) or sometimes even everyone kneeling (depending on your positions. If the taller characters lean on the smaller ones it also makes the difference disappear) , the effect is about the same ^^
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