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WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
I have always been obsessed with coke products…but lately I have found myself steering clear of it…trying to get back into superhero shape!
I am a gin or vodka girl in the evenings though, stereotypically British…Gin and Tonics for me please!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I grew up in England, and moved to Indiana when I was 10. I have always found myself surrounded by creative types but didn’t start getting around the nerdy (which I see as a compliment) creatives until much later.
I majored in Fine Arts Photography at The Art Academy of Cincinnati, which is where I learned about local comic cons as well due to the illustration department! That was it…that was love from then on…I became a con girl.
I am the Cincinnati chapter head for the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers (ORCS) and have helped head up a few awesome events in the Cincinnati area. With being in ORCs I have also branched out as more than just a cosplayer, I am now also an advocate for body positivity and anti bullying during conventions. Along side a few of my fellow ORCs we have hosted quite a few panels on acceptance and what is and what is not OK to happen at a con.
I may still just be a kid from England in my mind but I have grown into the wonder woman that I am in Cincinnati.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I began cosplaying in September, 2014 it was my first time at Cincinnati Comic Expo and I wanted to do it right! (although my first con was a few years before) I decided to buckle down and build my (at the time) favorite character…Batgirl! I did everything from the bodysuit, to the belt, sculpted a cowl *well I sculpted like 9 cowls* the cape…I felt amazing. That was when the cosplay bug really bit me. I felt amazing in the costume and the reactions I received were phenomenal! So I decided to go home that evening and throw together a new cosplay for that evenings event out of things I already owned. That resulted in a rather little bit to busty version of Zatanna…of who I still cosplay today.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I have always suffered from anxiety, I over extend my personality so that I can feel comfortable and like I “fit in” and its exhausting most of the time. I have always said that I feel most like myself when I am someone else. This stayed true for a very long time, and to an extent it still is. I feel most myself when I am portraying a character that I admire.
I get the chance to be the person I want to be when I put on the costumes, but over time I have learned that by personifying the characters I am taking on the traits that I admire. I have found myself through cosplaying and I want to share that joy with as many people as I possibly can.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
I genuinely don’t have any cosplay idols. I can however say that I admire all of my fellow ORCs and my friends. My cosplay buddy HarleenQuartz is probably my go to on people I admire, she is so outspoken and caring people I have met in the cosplay community. Knightmage is also up there on my list of amazing and inspiring role models.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I am for the most part all comic books. I have branched out a few times into cartoons and television but I am pretty much all comics, and pretty much all DC.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
My all-time favorite cosplay is my Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot version), closely followed by my newest cosplay of Power Girl. I love all my cosplays though, they each hold a special place in my heart (and closet).
I love my Batgirl because she was the first character I felt connected to, I love Zatanna because she has an amazing back story and a killer selection of costumes to chose from. I enjoyed my Harley Quinn because I made her my own. My bombshell Wonder Woman is also a favorite of mine, it was the most time consuming costume I have ever had to sew…and I don’t regret a second of that time!
My favorite group cosplay though is Lana from Archer, its sassy and brash and I get to listen to Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins on repeat pretty much the whole day. A few years ago we recently started a Handmaids Tale group and that is a very moving cosplay…you get a lot of different reactions and a lot of different emotions while wearing it. While I love wearing it and portraying the character, the loneliness you feel under the wings and the somberness you have to emit really takes a toll on you.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I have been really wanting to do a Brigitte Lindholm from Overwatch…I just can’t seem to get over my fear of armor making!
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make every single piece of my cosplays (except the boots/footwear…that I alter) on very rare occasions I do appropriate a piece and bring it into my costume but I will heavily alter it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love that cosplay brings people out of their shells. There is something that connects the community that is so inherent to cosplay that the people who do it are just drawn to one another. At least that is my experience with it.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
I am a perfectionist; the hardest thing for me when I cosplay is understanding that I can’t make everything perfect. Not every detail will be screen accurate and that’s ok! I have to know when to walk away before I ruin the hard work I have put into something, but I also have to know when to just admit defeat…that’s the hardest.
Also narrowing down how many costumes I have the time and budget to complete is a hard thing for me too.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Wonder Woman, I have done 4 different variations of her and have a few more in the lineup of costumes to build.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I would love to visit Themescyria…I am not a small girl by any means (5’9”) so would love to be surrounded by the women just like me! Plus it’s a gorgeous Grecian paradise…yep I think I will stay!
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Most of my inspiration comes straight from the pages of the comics I read. Some of it comes from film, and a little extra comes from my imagination.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
I feel like I will have a super short list compared to most people you interview…
I am a DC girl through and through…I don’t care how many bad reviews their movies get I stand by them.
That being said I do love the new MCU stuff…
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
I wish someone had told me when I was starting out that its ok to screw up…roll with the punches your costume is going to throw at you and rock it the best you can!
I also wish someone had told me that people will flock to you for photos if you are in a good costume. It doesn’t matter if you are eating, standing in line to pee or on the phone…people will stop you. It is ok to say no to photos…sometimes your costume is uncomfortable and you need a break, sometimes you just need a minute…its ok to not stop for every picture!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Hot glue is your friend. Always stay hydrated. Love yourself and take time for yourself at a con. Stay rested. Always have a partner in crime. Find your cosfam…they make everything more fun. Don’t be afraid to push yourself.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Do not photograph us without asking…its just rude!!! Its also not ok to just run up to someone and hug them! A lot of people in this community have some sort of social anxiety and that sort of stuff does not fly. Please just be polite and courteous when asking for a photo or having an interaction with someone in costume. Just because we are wearing a leotard it doesn’t mean you have the right to feel every curve. That is really advise for non-cosplayers and cosplayers alike…
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I am working on a few right now but my main cosplay is Bowsette. I am hoping to have her complete for Cincinnati Comic Expo.
I am also working on a Peggy Carter.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
If I had the money and the time I would want to make screen accurate Wonder Woman and probably a full Captain Marvel.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
I am on pretty much every social media, I am on Facebook (@kersleygirlcosplay) Instagram (@kersleygirl) and Twitter (@kersleygirl)
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