This Monday is the best Monday for a Doctor Who cosplayer. Enjoy!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Cosplay_by_B and that B stands for Berbel my first name
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Desperado’s non alcohol wise: tea, icetea , rivella
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I live in the countryside of the Netherlands . I love photography first behind and later before the camera. It it something I can get creative in, during preparations and shoots . Cosplay has become a big part in it too.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I have been going to fantasy event for 15 years and over the year my costuming has been getting bigger. Original cosplays before I knew that name 😉 the last 5 years I have started doing real cosplays for photoshoots and comic cons
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I love the creative part of getting stuff together making things and finding cosplays that fit me. I love the togetherness of cosplayers at cons. To be accepted for your cosplay and the work that has gotten in to and to have instant connections with strangers for your love a show or movie.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
I don’t have idols perse but love people for their creativity in their cosplay or their choice in cosplay. I like it when I see someone and thinking wow why didn’t I think about that character. It doesn’t have to be the over the tof big expansive cosplay.. I can enjoy a good closet cosplay just as much.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Movie and tv show characters. Not in to games or anime but so much to choose from and I have no problem with gender bends or cross plays
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
As a big doctor who fan I really like anything doctor who . I did a few doctor who related cosplays but my Lady Tardis original cosplay is one of my favourite I did a donna noble turn left cosplay where I really liked the jacket and time beetle but have to update donna.
Quicksilver I really liked. And although really low key I loved my sense8 Riley blue cosplay.
Recently I started doing supernatural cosplays mostly in tiktok which I find really insperational with the real audios and contact with other fans from all over the world.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Hhmmm maybe something very big with worbla armour etc?
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
My moto usually is try to make something out of nothing. I love thrift shops andcrafts. I upcycle things and sometimes get my mother to do some sowing. Only very rarely I buy things I can’t make. But with my partner having a 3d printer a whole new world is opening.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
Whats not to love 😉
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
My glases! No problem with photoshoots but at cons I can’t do without them. Lenses are not an option for me
Although I absolutely think any one can cosplay any character sometimes my sizes does effect my choice in cosplay.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
That changes every time! One of my latest cosplay was a casual mystique I got ready in 2 weeks for a con. I felt pretty good in blue 😉
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I visit so many worlds through great shows! Thats the great thing about them but to name a few: the potter universe,to be on Moya (Farscape), labyrinth , Poldark, outlander etc
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
The shows I watch, cons , instagram, Pinterest. Usually when an idea forms I look what I can find online as reference material
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
To many to mentions haha but for sure Doctor who, Farscape, Walking dead and supernatural.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Have fun! Don’t let anyone tell you who you can or can not cosplay nomather size age gender. And share the cosplay love. Compliment people you admire or who you like their cosplays. I am sure that attitude will come back to you.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
The internet is wise 😉 learn from others
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
No not really. They are more than welcome to join in and if its not their thing no problem. I am having fun and I am not hurting anyone while doing it!
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
In my mind way to many haha. But I would love to do a handmaids tail cosplay in the fall.
Other cosplays on my wish list are: Umbridge & Molly Weasley (Harry Potter), Althea (fear the walking dead), Klaus & Vanya (umbrella academy)
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
www.facebook.com/berbelmodel Tiktok: @cosplayberbel
Are you a part of any cosplay groups or other fandom groups?
I have been part of the dutch Tardis for the last 2 years. WE visit cons in the Netherlands wit a life size Tardis. Where people can have their picture taken and its great way to meet other crazy whovians. I have befriended so many like minded people over the last couple of years I am grateful for that. www.facebook.com/dutchtardiswww.instagram.com/dutchtardis
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