First name and last initial: Elizabeth H.
Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? Hawaii
How long have you been cosplaying? Three years.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, (2 versions), Female Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Luthien (2 versions), Nerdanel, Nienna, Turin, Sauron (2 versions), Stuttgart Loki, Female Captain America, (2 versions) Kitiara Uth Matar (2 versions), Rey (2 versions), Raistlin Majere, Crysania, Katara, Korra, Takhisis, and a Steampunk OC. 25!!
What inspired you to start cosplaying? Back in 2013 I was active in the Doctor Who fandom, and I was first exposed to cosplay through that. I always loved dressing up for Halloween and making crafts, so cosplay really brought these two interests together for me.
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? I’m currently a senior in high school, so lots of school. I’m also an artist. I’ve been recently getting into digital art, and it’s cool. My biggest activity other than cosplay is speech and debate, which I’ve been competing in for five years.
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Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? Definitely Rey. I started working on her costume right after The Force Awakens came out and it was really a step up from the costumes I was doing before then. I’ve gone through three different versions of her top and sash and two pants. It’s pretty much been an ongoing project since December 2015. I also made a BB-8 to go with her, using paper mache and the details were killer. I was covered in glue for weeks. But Rey is also my favorite costume to wear because of what a crowd pleaser Rey is. The kids love interacting with her/me and BB-8 and that’s worth all the work.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? Go for it! I’ve been cosplaying for three years and I’ve learned so many crafting/ sewing skills, met amazing people, and boosted my self confidence. It’s incredibly fun and incredibly rewarding.
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? It would be nice to see more interaction between cosplayers online that did not just consist of like for like of share for shares.
Featured Photo Credit: Marvin Chandra