Who doesn’t love an amazing Harley Quinn… and I have one for you today!
HI, WHAT ARE YOU KNOWN AS?
My name is Hailee, or @q.ueenofgotham.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
I personally love Dr. Pepper, but I also like Mean Bean Java Monsters.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’ve lived in Utah my whole life, and started going to cons almost six years ago. I have 5, soon to be six pets; a dog, cat and 2 bunnies. In August my family and I are adopting a wolf-husky hybrid. I primarily cosplay Harley Quinn, but I also have a Negan cosplay, and I’m nearly finished with Black Canary. I love Chinese food and the color blue.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
My first time cosplaying seriously was four years ago, as Dean Winchester from Supernatural.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I cosplay because it’s fun, and it helps me keep my mind off of all the other things going on in reality. However, I also cosplay because I am part of a volunteer organization called reach, and we use cosplay to empower children, to make them be the best they can.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
I absolutely love @queenofarkhamcity, @whoanerdalert and @wildcardcosplay. I’ve always looked up to them, and I’m lucky to call them my friends.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I do movie/tv/video game/comic cosplays. I’ve never gotten into anime (save for RWBY), but I do go to an anime con once a year.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
I love my Squad Harley and Negan. They’ve helped me grow so much as a cosplayer and meet so many amazing people.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I want to eventually do a detailed Commander Shepard or Aria T’Loak, both from Mass Effect.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I special order a lot of my supplies. My mallet and Lucille are from @qeprops.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love how cosplay helped me, individually. I used to have really bad self-confidence issues, because growing up my sister was very jealous about how I looked and told me that I was unattractive, that my thighs were too big, and much more. When I began cause playing, I had to force myself into a situation where I did not feel comfortable with my own body, but it made me love myself.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Tying in to the last question, I think the hardest part about Cosplay for me is having to get over my self-confidence issues. There are certain things about myself that I have never liked, and probably never will, but cosplay has helped me feel better.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I would probably like to live in the Mass Effect world. It’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember, and I mean, c’mon. Aliens.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
That’s a hard one. I probably get my inspiration from seeing others and how well they do! People are always so creative. I also love to recreate art.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Oh boy. There’s a lot. Obviously Mass Effect, DC, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Overwatch, Skyrim, and so many more.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
I wish I could tell beginning cosplayers to never give up. For a couple months, I didn’t care, I gave up. I lost my muse to cosplay because I didn’t think that people appreciated it. And, because of why I began cosplaying, having people like what I was doing was important to me.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Some tips? Always order your stuff from people that have AMAZING reviews and don’t seem shady! Amazon is decent, but it’s a third-party service so it’s dangerous.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
I wish non-cosplayers knew that cosplay is fun. It’s not something that makes you a freak. However, it is costly.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’m working on 4 main cosplays. Black Canary, Casual Mercy, Seould Dynasty Junkrat and an original Harley.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
The main thing I would do would be Witch or Imp Mercy. Both are amazing but beyond my budget, lol.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
You can find me as @q.ueenofgotham on instagram, kiarathreetears on snapchat and occasionally dirt_gerbil on twitch.
What is your Favorite animal?
I personally love blue swallowtail monarchs (butterflies).
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