TV connoisseur, movie buff, avid anime fan and cosplayer, Pixie Dust is the perfect picture as Tinkerbell!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Joanna, I’m 26 years old and when I’m not cosplaying or attending conventions up and down the country I work within the TV industry, within the art department. I’m a big geek, movie buff and TV connoisseur. I enjoy rock and metal music and reading gothic and fantasy literature.
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
I don’t think there was one person that inspired me to cosplay, I think I always was interested in dressing up as someone different though didn’t really know much about the culture of cosplay till only a few years ago and took the plunge myself to cosplay. My first convention being Think Bubble in Leeds and I dressed as Sasha from Attack on Titan. Though Maria Tinker is a big inspiration for me now.
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
I gravitate towards Disney character the most, as Disney is my happy place and I love seeing little kids faces when they see me as their favourite character. Specifically Tinkerbell. Though I am planning to branching out either late this year/next into other characters.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
Urm the most challenging character I’ve done has to be Ariel, at the time I was cosplaying her I wasn’t big on using wigs so was just styling my own hair which was dyed red. However when I did a mermaid version of her I felt more self-conscious of my figure, which is probably due feeling far too much like my personal self than a character. Yet since joining and being a part of the Cosplay bunnies UK group, I’ve become more confident about my figure and more accepting of my body.
Could you take us through a little on how you made your outfits?
Sadly I’m not a great seamstress though thanks to my growing friends base in the cosplay community and also work acquaintances I’ve got some great contacts now. I do try to make as much as I possibly can myself, such as my props, accessories, shoes.
Which Conventions have been the most enjoyable for you to attend and why?
Most enjoyable conventions have got to be MCM Birmingham (because it’s close to where I live so travel isn’t a problem) and also MCM London, because last April I had got quite a large friendship group, all of whom were attending that convention so it was a great opportunity to socialise with friends I hadn’t seen for a very long time, or don’t get a chance to see other than at cons.
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes, and if so, what were they?
I have a few memorable moments, my favourite being when I was dressed as tinkerbell and a dad of a little girl who couldn’t have been more than 3 years old, ran across the convention hall over to me to come meet his daughter who loves tinkerbell. She too was dressed as tinkerbell and saw me and literally shook with excitement at seeing me. It was so lovely to be part of that moment. Also my favourite funniest movement was when I was just walking around con and someone came over and whispered, “I don’t believe in fairies” so naturally I dropped to the floor J
A question about photographers. Obviously cosplayers are a dream come true for photographers, great outfits and poses, does it ever get a bit tiring having to pose endlessly for them, and how do you prefer to be approached by a photographer?
Being approached is always better and is the polite thing to do. However I do understand that some photographers like candid shots. If that is the case then it would be nice to come over afterwards to show the picture and where I could get a copy would be great. So many times I’ve had great photos taken and then never seen them again.
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
Cosplay has made me more confident as a person, be that through expressing thought and opinions on stuff I like and enjoy (video games, music, art, literature) and also its provided me with a whole new friends group I never thought I would have or be a part of.
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
If you are interested in cosplay! GO FOR IT! Head and heart first. Do the characters that bring you the most joy, ignore the haters (you can’t please everyone and some people live off being salty) Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you happy. Also don’t compare yourself to anyone else, that one is a hard one but will make you feel better in the long term. Let people inspire you, but if you have to compare, compare yourself to your last cosplay/outfit. Try to be the best version of yourself (as that character). Also have fun, do your own take on character, mix it up. There are no rules J
Tinkerbell – Shill Photography
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