First name and last initial: Denise I.
Where are you from originally or reside currently: Baltimore MD – Orginially Wilmington DE.
How long you have been cosplaying: 8 years
Other Characters cosplayed: A variety of different characters: Zelda, Ada Wong, Psylocke, Black Cat, X-23, Lucy, Mario, Sophie, Elf from Dragon’s Crown, Wall-e, Hitomi ect.
Facebook fan page: D.Alora Cosplay
- Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
Actually I have a funny story about how I begin my life of cosplay. It started Otakon 2005. I had heard of Otakon since I was in high school, growing up in Delaware. But seeing as my parents both worked full time I never got the chance to go. So finally I moved to Maryland and got to go! For once in my life I felt like I finally found people that liked the same things I did and I wasn’t considered weird. (Back when being a nerd actually did get you beat up or in trouble) That year everywhere I turned their was cosplay, so I thought when you went to these conventions you had to dress up. But, I had been a long long time fan of anime I had been growing my hair out for 18 years so I could be Saya from Blood the Last Vampire. So the following year I was in cosplay, and fell in love immediately.
- What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying? (hobbies, community service, or work)
PLAY VIDEO GAMES. I’ve been a gamer my entire life, so when I don’t have a controller in my hand it’s kinda of weird. I also watch anime and I have a full time job.
- What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
There is two cosplays that hold dear to my heart. My first is my Lucy from Elfen Lied. It was the first cosplay I wanted to do (I actually never cosplayed as Saya…i just grew my hair out and cut it all off.) It took me 4 years to finish it. Once I finished it, I’ve never felt so cool, so many people came to take my photo. Finally finishing it felt the best, after 4 long years. The second is one of my newer cosplays Ada Wong from Resident Evil 2 Umbrella Chronicles. This was my first, completely by myself, sewn cosplay. No one was there to guide me, or remotely help me. It felt so great to make something out of nothing!
- What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
One thing I tell people time and time again. Cosplay who you want to cosplay! If you love a character be them, no matter what. And of course have fun, that’s why we cosplay! To have fun and show our love!
- What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?
Be mindful of other people’s feelings. Yes, something might not be sewn perfect to your standards, but people put a lot of time and effort into their cosplays. They also spend a lot of money on the hobby as well, so saying nasty things behind people’s backs isn’t needed. No one’s perfect but just try to be the best that you can!