What could be better on a Saturday than to end the week with an epic cosplayer? Enjoy!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
My cosplay name is Safira!
And my Xbox gamer tag is Safira21!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
An orange flavored Vitamin Water (Zero)! It’s delicious any time of year.
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m 28 years old. I am originally from West Virginia, and was born and raised there and in Ohio. I currently live in San Diego, California with my husband and 2 fur babies. (A cat named Mikazuki and a pupper named Arcane)
I’m a big ol’ nerd. I have been watching anime and reading manga since I was 7. I’m also a big gamer, especially RPGs and first-person shooters! I’m also an avid reader, as I worked in a bookstore setting for over 5 years. I also played Roller Derby for over 4 years. I’m 4’11” and I’m Diabetic 😁
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I started back in 2011! It doesn’t feel like it’s been so many years. I have dressed up all my life between Halloweens and theater productions. Then I started to go to hometown conventions and I was absolutely sold. It’s been magical from there.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I have been in costumes my whole life, and the chance to expand it into my love of anime/manga/comics and video games just had me over the moon. Cosplaying makes me feel creative and confident, which I think are important for me personally. I also love meeting new people from all cultures. It makes me genuinely happy to be around so many people with the same love for something as I, and we can all get along and just have a great time together!
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
That’s such a hard question!
Jessica Nigri is obviously just insanely talented!
Kinpatsu Cosplay always turns out to look amazing, it’s how dropping.
Twins DaBerry Best Cosplays and Alex_Cosplays do so well and their cosplays and their make-up skills are freaking top notch!
Inastes_tears is probably one of the most incredible armor builders EVER.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I’m try to do it all. So far I have done anime, manga, video games, Disney and comic characters! I love characters with depth and good storylines.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
My favorite cosplays for me would have to be Merida from Brave. I have Scottish ancestry, and I have a love for their culture and her fiery spirit because I feel like I am the same! Sailor Saturn/Hotaru Tomoe is my favorite Sailor Moon character of all time, and I get excited to wear her every time! I’ve displayed her the most out of a the ones I have in my arsenal. My other absolute favorite is my Viking Toothless Gijinka from How to Train Your Dragon! I tend to lean towards smaller statured characters because that is something in common I have with them, as is the underdog and our personalities matching!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one.
I’d say, Yuna in all her armored glory from Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. Her armor and hair is so intricate that it would probably take me so long to build her and get every detail right!
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
Honestly, I do a mix of it all! I’ll special order/buy if I am not confident I can do it as much justice. But I also try to make as much as my skillset can, and I always try to get better! I don’t think that how you get your cosplay together really matters, what does is how it makes you feel wearing it!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
The people. I’ve met some of my closest friends because of cosplay. And we are all still friends today, so many years later!
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
The planning stage. Especially if you’re coming up with an idea completely your own! Sketching out possibilities and choosing which way to take the design can take days, even weeks to prepare! It’s tiresome, but so worth it in the end!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
My favorite one of them ALL? That is a big question! I’d have to say, my Harry Potter character. She is a fiesty redhead, athletic, bookworm named Vesper in Ravenclaw house that later would totally be a teacher of Magical Creatures! She is a character I made up all on my own and have gotten to have her “grow” so she is special to me!
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Harry Potter’s, or Princess Mononoke’s. I can’t choose between them!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
From the characters themselves! Being a huge reader, I love detail and getting into the character’a head. So I like to think about the things they would wear/like for inspirations. I also tend to google and see some things others have done, sometimes it sparks something I never would have thought of!
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
That would be Harry Potter, Disney, Studio Ghibli, Fortnite, anything CLAMP, Final Fantasy, X-Men, and so much more.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
That it is okay to not have a perfect outfit every time. And if people judge you on that then that is their problem not yours. As long as you love what you do, other opinions don’t matter!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Take a deep breath first, because making/designing/figuring out your cosplay can be stressful. IT’S OKAY. I also recommend heavily researched your character. Read absolutely anything you can on them (especially if you have never read, watched or played as that character) so that you can get a real feel for them and try to remain true to their personality. If you don’t know how to do something, look to videos or ask an expert! I ask veteran cosplayers their opinions all the time and they are always willing to help you figure out what you need. They know how hard it can be sometimes too!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Cosplay isn’t just “dressing up in costumes” and being done with it. We take hours, days, weeks and months planning and expediting our characters. It’s like having a job outside of the real ones you might have! (Or in a super popular cosplayer’s case, that IS their main job.) We love doing this!
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’m about to premiere a new one, but that’s a secret for now! I’m waiting on a wig to finish up my Stocking from Panty and Stocking. I also am planning to finish my genderbendt Ed Elric from FMA and revamp my Viking Toothless Gijinka! And I have do many others in store 😊
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
Ohhhh man. This is a no-brainer for me.
Hikaru Shidou in all of her armor sets from Magic Knight Rayearth. This is a cosplay dream of mine. Also the Athena Cloth from Saint Seiya, it is so beautiful.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
They can find them on my Facebook Cosplay Page @SafiraCosplay or my personal Instagram @__safira21 !
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