First name and last initial: Kelly P.
Where are you from originally or reside currently: I am a born and raised New Yorker living in the Bronx.
How long you have been cosplaying: Almost 3 years.
Characters cosplayed: Miss Marvel, Jean Grey, Dark Pheonix, Black Widow, Michonne from The Walking Dead, Jessica Rabbit, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Cinderella.
Website or Facebook fan page: Miss Juggernaut
1. Who or what inspired you to cosplay?
I’m a performer so I always loved the idea of playing a character. I’m a huge Disney and Marvel lover and I always wanted to see what New York Comic Con was like. I attended my first NYCC in 2013 and I was shocked at how many people asked to take my picture! It was nice to know that people thought I portrayed a character well. Since then, I’ve been hooked!
2. What do you do when you aren’t cosplaying?
I work as an assistant at Disney Theatrical Group in New York City. Even outside of work I like to take on creative projects often. I recently just wrote and produced a short film called “Heartless.” I am a musician. I sing and play a few instruments including piano, guitar, and ukulele. I used to sing backup vocals for a band in my neighborhood. I love surrounding myself with creative people in a creative environment.
3. What costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far and why?
Jessica Rabbit was by far the most difficult one! It’s probably because she is my favorite. I wanted to portray her exactly right! Making sure the dress is the right cut and the wig is the right shade of red makes a huge difference. I still feel I don’t have her quite right just yet, but with time I am sure I will get there soon. She is also my most rewarding cosplay because every time I cosplay as her I get more into character. This NYCC I even brought along a Roger Rabbit so when people ask me where’s my husband I tell them I never leave anywhere without my “honey bunny.”
4. What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
My best advice is to not compare yourself to other cosplayers. There will always be someone else who’s costume is more elaborate or someone who is dressed as the same character. It’s all about presence and having fun with who you are portraying!
5. What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other?
Bodyshamming is a huge issue in the cosplay community. Not every male is 6’4″ with a muscular build and not every woman is an slim waisted beauty. It’s okay to step out of the box and play someone you don’t look like or have a similar body type as. My body type is nowhere near a Disney princess’s, but I’m still going to dress up as one!
Dressing as Michonne from The Walking Dead was a very interesting experience. I have received both negative and positive feed back. Some people thought I was “stepping out of my lane” by cosplaying a character who is African American when I am light skinned. Others applauded me for being different and for not doing Black face. I think it is to portray characters who inspire you. I am a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead and Michonne is such an amazing character who shows growth and leadership throughout the show. Who wouldn’t want to be a badass zombie slayer with a katana?!