I love a good Star Wars cosplayer…and this one is magnificent! I hope you enjoy getting to know them.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Rachel Lucas @raylucosplay
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
I’ve become super into iced coffee since I started working at a Dunkin’, and now I can’t stop drinking it
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m a junior in college majoring in English but ultimately I’d love to be a professional singer/songwriter, school is sort of a back up plan. Cosplaying is a HUGGEE part of my life but I also really enjoy writing, painting, video games, and really any form of expressing myself through art. I also have a little Yorkie pup named Miley, which I feel like is important to note.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
2015!! My first cosplay was Rose Tyler and I went to WizardWorld in Philadelphia to meet David Tennant and Billie Piper. It was so amazing.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I did a lot of acting in high school, and I sort of fell in love with playing the part and being a character. Cosplaying has also helped me with my body issues, it helps me be better and seeing myself as strong, powerful women (or men genderbent) has really boosted me in long-lasting ways. That and I’ve made so many amazing friends, I love, LOVE seeing everyone at every con and being social. Meeting new people is always a huge plus too!
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
@samurai_jill (my queen…. my woman…. such a sweetheart too)
@savethedaycosplay (Another angel I know and look up to so much)
@slaythatcosplay (My name twin who is SO TALENTED)
These women are so down to earth and inspiring… I have a lot of love for them
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Absolutely all of the above. I’ve dipped my toes into pretty much anything, I never wanna limit myself because I think “Oh, what if people don’t like this?” and on the flip side, I don’t want to do cosplays that are ‘expected’ of me. I’m getting a little more into anime because I’m super into Daganronpa right now, but I mostly lean towards comic books, Dr. Who, etc.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
Lady Thor, Fem!Kylo Ren, and Spider-Gwen are my current favorites! I love how creative I got to be with the first two, and Spider-Gwen is one of my favorite comic book characters.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Probably any elaborate swimsuit cosplays. I love them… But I do not have the patience for them on any level. I’ll stick to admiring other people’s!
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
All of the above. A lot of my cosplays are pieced together on Amazon with bought items (ie Kylo Ren) or simply bought from a website, like most of my idol cosplays and princess stuff. some are 100% homemade (Zelda) and some are a mix of both made and bought! (Lady Thor, Rose Tyler). There are so many ways to cosplay, why limit yourself to just one?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
The freedom to do absolutely ANYTHING. I love watching people get creative with something, and seeing how people have their own takes on certain costumes, I saw a Bob Ross Deadpool once. Iconic???? That aspect of it is so wonderful to me
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
I said above that cosplay has helped my body image, but I still struggle with it a lot, especially when I have to order something 2xl or higher in Asian sizing. I know it doesn’t matter, but it can mess with me a little and it’s definitely something I need to get a hold on so I can just enjoy myself.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
As of recently it’s Kylo Ren, I just like feeling like a baddie and people seem to think it’s cool that I’ve done him as a female, which is pretty cool.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Hyrule!!! I’ve been a fan of the Legend of Zelda since I was little and I’m so in love with the whole idea of it. Especially Skyward Sword Hyrule, when the world is just beginning and everyone is adventuring for the first time. Ugh. So magical.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
If I see a character in a video game, movie, show, etc and fall in love with them, chances are I’m going to cosplay them, especially if they’re interesting or complex. Seeing new forms of media and also seeing other cosplayers is really inspiring and I love it a LOT
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Sailor Moon, Love Live!, Legend of Zelda, Danganronpa, ANYTHING Marvel, D.C. Comics, Star Wars, Disney…… I’m sure I’m forgetting some too. I have too many.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
PLEASE have fun, let it be for you and no one else. Some people will like your stuff, and some won’t, and it’s good to learn to be okay with either.
Also, seal your body paint and makeup if you’re doing a character like the Hulk, I know a lot of Homestuck cosplayers, etc that didn’t know that when they started, it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Not all your cosplays have to be hand made- if you feel comfortable buying them, BUY THEM.
-Take photos! Even if you think you look icky you’ll regret not having the moments to look back on.
-never stop researching new methods, you might end up finding something easier/cheaper then what you’ve been doing
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
We’re not ‘weird’ or ‘creepy’ and it’s not ‘just playing dress up’. Judgement isn’t something fun to put on people.
Also! If you’re a con-going non-cosplayer, please ask to take our photos! We usually never say no unless we’re eating or sitting. We love getting asked for photos and chatting with you! But we can absolutely see your camera when you’re taking our photos without consent.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Junko Enoshima, Fem!Tom Holland Spider-Man, Ibuki Mioda, and Breath of the Wild Zelda!
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Birds of Prey Harley Quinn, Susie from Deltarune, Kyoko Kirigiri from Danganronpa, Black Widow, MORE Rose Tyler cosplays!!!!
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
@Raylucosplay on Instagram and Tik Tok! Pop over to my corner of the internet and say hi!
What’s the best con food?
KOREAN BBQ DON’T GET CON FOOD IT’S OVERPRICED. Also remember to eat at cons!!!! I know it’s hard cause you’re having a lot of fun but it’s important to eat!!
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