Header photo by Lori Smalls-Miller https://www.instagram.com/iwillhauntyourdreams94/
I found this cosplayer to be absolutely wonderful! But you don’t have to take my word for it.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Kiry Stormborn Cosplay (on facebook & Instagram)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
I’m going to have to go with wine. Nothing like a glass of wine to take the edge off after a long day. Stella Rose L’Originale Black is mymy favorite thus far.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Kiry, I’m 25 years old and I’m a giant nerd. I can pinpoint exactly when Pop Culture grabbed me, but it was from a very young age. When I was in elementary school, my friends and I would run around playing things like Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and others during recess. It was great. Now that I’m an adult, my love for pop culture has only grown. My favorite currently being Good Omens. As much as I love cosplay, it’s unfortunately not something I make money with. I work at a small daycare and it’s my 6th year working there. I really want to be an archaeologist though.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
Technically speaking, my friend and I dressed like Kimberly Hart and Tori Park every day of the summer after 7th grade and most of our 8th grade school year, which was like…12 years ago xD. However, the first time I officially cosplayed, when knowing what it was called, was in 2011 at my first ever Convention, A & G Ohio.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I cosplay for a few reasons. First and foremost, because it’s so much fun! After all, who wouldn’t want to be someone else in a fantastical or scary world that’s not your own boring one? I also feel like cosplaying helps you connect with and sympathize with a character even more. On top of that, cosplaying has brought me so many friends that are just as big of nerds as I am! It gives you a sense of belonging.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
Okay let’s try and keep these to a minimum cause I have lots. mpoppins_cosplay, kim_is_possible , frankie_saurus, chelseycosplay, owl_feathers bananacustardcostuming britishspidey quillsolo I could go on but imma stop there xD
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I cosplay from various things. Good Omens, Game of Thrones, Marvel, Anime, Supernatural. Those are a few.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Currently my favorite one is my Crowley cosplay from Good Omens. For the longest time it was my Scarlet Witch, from the MCU, cosplay, but then my life got taken over by Good Omens. I also rather enjoy wearing my Evie from Descendants, and Jaina Solo from the old Star Wars Expanded Universe cosplays.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Hmm. Something I want to cosplay but probably never will? That’s rather difficult because I kinda just say I’ll add everything on my to do list to get finished eventually. Let’s see……maybe Kimberly Hart from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in her ranger suit. Those helmets are very expensive and I do not have the skill set to do it myself.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
It actually depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to make my own, other times I just am lazy and decide to order it. I do closet cosplay quite a lot though, because I love being able to find pieces for a costume at the store. It’s fun.
Christine Tecca/Stineacus https://www.instagram.com/stineacus/
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
So much. How fun it is, of course. As well as the fact that when I put on a cosplay, then I can get out of my own head and life and be someone extraordinary or someone I idolize or someone hat has the sort of personality and abilities I wish I did. I also love making friends in the community. I’ve never been so happy about being a part of a facebook group as I am since I found the Good Omens Costuming group. They’re the nicest and most supportive costuming community that I’ve ever come across. I love that people from all over the world are able to come together, despite all the awful things going on in the world, and just have a good time being these characters so many of us love.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
The most difficult thing? Well I can’t decide between two. It’s either getting the motivation to actually get a costume finished or the sheer amount of cosplays I want to do but don’t have the time or money for.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
At this moment, Crowley from Good Omens! They’re such a fun character to portray! And usually when I’m in it I’m with my best friend in the whole world because she cosplays Aziraphale and we just have so much fun every time.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Just one? That is such an unfair question! I love way too many fantasy worlds lol. How to choose just one. Hmm…I think I might have to go with….Doctor Who. So long as I was his companion that is. That way we could visit all sorts of different worlds. ;P
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
It really depends. Sometimes it’s from other people, sometimes from my own mind, or sometimes a mix of both. Then there are other times that i just see a clothing item or a pattern and immediately connect it with a character and decide “I’m going to do that”.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
They shift in interest all the time but I’ve a lot that will come and go. Good Omens, Descendants, My Hero Academia, Doctor Who, Stranger Things, Marvel, Star Wars, Game of Thrones (pre season 8), Supernatural, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, Power Rangers, Merlin, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies, and probably more that I’m forgetting xD
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
To not make yourself overly stressed about it. Cosplay is supposed to be for fun and if you stress yourself out because of it then it stops being fun, which is no good. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to be having fun with it.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Do not be afraid to ask for help and advice. There are so many people that are willing to share their knowledge and you should take full advantage of that. Also that if it gets overwhelming, then it’s okay to pause, walk away, and come back to it when you’re in a better mental state.
Christine Tecca/Stineacus https://www.instagram.com/stineacus/
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That what we’re doing is what’s fun to us and as long as people aren’t hurting others, leave them to do whatever gives them happiness in this world. And don’t judge until you try it yourself! You might like it 😉
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Reverse/Angel Crowley from Good Omens, Ren Faire Crowley from Good Omens, Evie’s Isle of the Lost outfit from Descendants 2, and Morgana Pendragon’s purple velvet riding gown from Merlin
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Kimberly as the Pink Ranger, Every one of Crowley’s outfits, a ton of Morgana’s outfits, and Sarah’s Ballgown from Labyrinth
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
On my Instagram:
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