The Art of Cosplay - Why It's So Fun
Today, I would like to talk about one of the key interests in my life. I wanted to talk about this hobby of mine that not only has become a big stress
reliever for me, but has earned me quite a lot of new and trusted friends, and has gone on to be one of the things that I can't live without.
What is Cosplay?
So what is cosplaying, you ask? Cosplaying is a kind of performance art wherein an individual dresses up in a different combination of outfits so that they can closely emulate their favorite character (mostly fictional ones, but there can be exceptions). Any character that comes from different media, like movies, cartoons, be it Japanese or American media, all are perfect candidates for cosplaying. In fact, the word "cosplaying" comes from the phrase "costume roleplaying", meaning that the individual not only emulates the look of their favorite character, but also their gestures, bodily movements, even their mannerisms.
This can be achieved via different methods. More importantly, this is where the arts of sewing and other crafts really shine, as most of the time, the
costumes of their chosen character would really require the cosplayer to sew them personally, or to craft them from other materials like sheets of rubber,
even fiberglass (for character who wear armor). In addition, in order to perfectly emulate their character, especially if the character's slim by nature,
some individuals do their slim down, either by regular workouts of even taking some slimming supplements like Garcinia Cambogia. Moreover, as for the other
parts like hair and eye color, cosplayers usually employ differently-colored and styled wigs for them to wear, or even wear designed contact lenses. Still,
either some characters even require them to apply body paint, overall body, or only some parts of it.
Most people don't understand the art of cosplaying, and to why a person would go to such expense to dress up, especially when some cosplayers' outfits are very lavish and outstanding. However, for cosplayers (myself included), it's a way for them express themselves and their character favoritism, by essentially BEING the characters themselves. Most cosplayers don't even mind the costs associated with the character they wanted to cosplay, especially if the character wears a suit of armor from head to toe. What's more important is the joy that the cosplayer feels when they become the character themselves.
On a social side, cosplay conventions are also good places for fellow cosplayers to meet new friends, for existing friends to get to know each other, and
for them all to share their fandom and love for the art.