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Cosplayer Spotlight – WhiscashGirl

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Hello, what’s your name?

Hi! I’m Austyn, also known as WhiscashGirl (after one of my favourite Pokémon!) 😀

What is your favorite beverage?

Smirnoff Ice with Ribena – sounds weird, I know, but it’s so good!

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying in 2011, almost 8 years ago now!

Why did you start cosplaying?

Cosplaying kind of happened by accident for me – one day, my friend asked if I wanted to join their Naruto group as Pein for a convention. Although I didn’t watch the show, I thought it might be fun to try out, so I put on the orange wig and robe he gave me, and at the con I was just blown away by all the amazing costumes, the atmosphere and, though I was super nervous, how nice and friendly everyone was – even asking for photos of me! It was a real confidence boost for someone as shy and awkward as I was then – and still am now, but hopefully not as much!

Pein from Naruto, my first cosplay!
Photo credit: Aqua-Monkey

After the con and being inspired by all the amazing costumes, I knew I wanted to cosplay again, but this time as a character that I really loved – and, well, here we are!

What type of cosplays do you do?

I cosplay a little bit of everything really, whatever inspires me at the time! I’ve done some anime and superhero stuff, but at the moment I’m cosplaying mostly from cartoons and video games.

Toriel from Undertale.
Photo credit: Donald Manning Photography

Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?

When I started out, I either bought everything or had friends make it for me. These days, I mostly alter/modify clothes rather than making from scratch, but I try to do as much myself as my skills will allow! I will still occasionally buy cosplays though, depending on time/money constraints or if they’re just too difficult to do otherwise!

What do you love about cosplay?

Everything! Being able to show my love for my fave characters and getting to “be” someone completely different to myself (depending on how into character I get!). Meeting other cosplayers/fans of the same things and taking pics together – I’ve made so many amazing friends through cosplay. I’ve also learned so many new skills thanks to cosplay that I never would have thought to try otherwise, like sewing and wig styling.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

For technical difficulty, I think make-up and wig styling have been some of the hardest things to learn, though I’d like to think I’ve improved at both! But on a personal level, I think the hardest thing is just accepting myself – sometimes I see all these amazing cosplayers who look so perfect, and I can’t help but feel insecure about my own cosplays. But that’s something I’m really working on – not comparing myself to others, and just doing my best and having fun cosplaying my favourite characters in my own way.

Peridot from Steven Universe.
Photo credit: Unmade Sugar Photography

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

It’s so hard to choose because I love all my cosplays, but Peridot from Steven Universe is definitely a special one – she was a dream cosplay of mine for a while, and one that I put a lot of work into (mainly the wig!) so it was amazing to finally pull it off, and I have so much fun as my fave space dorito!

If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

If I could only pick one, it’d have to be the Pokemon world – it’s been my dream since I was 10!

What are your “fandoms”?

All sorts really, but I probably cosplay the most from Pokemon, My Little Pony, Steven Universe and Undertale – they have so many characters that I love with great designs that are so much fun (and sometimes challenging) to cosplay!

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

That you can cosplay anyone or anything you want to, no matter your age, race, size, shape, gender or anything else, or whether you choose to buy or make your cosplays. There’s no “right” way to cosplay – it’s about having fun and celebrating the things you love, so I would absolutely encourage anyone thinking about cosplaying just to go for it, hopefully you’ll have so much fun you’ll forget to worry about how you look!

Fluttershy from My Little Pony
Photo credit: Aqua-Monkey

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

I’m not sure how many people use it already, but Polymorph mouldable plastic has been amazing for me – it’s so easy to use, you just heat it up and mould with your hands into whatever shape you like. I’ve made so many cosplay props with it – bracelets, hair clips, ears, horns and all sorts!

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

That cosplay is just a hobby like any other, and almost everything you read in the media about it is totally wrong!

What cosplays are you working on?

Some of my first projects for 2018 will be Princess Allura from Voltron: Legendary Defender and Cuphead from…Cuphead (lol), which I can’t wait to get started on! And I’m sure there’ll be more to come…

Where can people find your cosplays?

On Facebook at my page, WhiscashGirl cosplay!

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