First Name and Last Initial: Kurenai Kiba
Where are you from originally, or where do you reside currently?
Born in White Plains, NY. Relocated to Baltimore, MD.
How long have you been cosplaying?
Officially calling it cosplay since 2010. Been costuming for a long time.
What characters have you cosplayed?
Allura and Witch Haggar (Voltron, Legendary Defender), Kaz Kaan (Neo Yokio), Gastly (Pokemon), Garnet (Steven Universe), Tamatoa (Moana), Jack Skellington (Nightmare before Christmas), Madokami (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Weeping Angel (Doctor Who), and many more, especially if you include my 31 days of cosplay makeup.
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying?
If naysayers aren’t paying for your cosplay, then you don’t need their opinion. There is a difference between healthy criticism and those who are trying to influence you through negativity. Don’t let them get to you. They will always exist, so don’t let them stop you from creating.
Why do you feel that #28DaysofBlackCosplay is important?
Even though this should happen throughout the year, this is the one time where I can see such a large amount of black people shown in a positive light. Being a part of the minority, I’m so accustomed to seeing faces that don’t look like me flood my screens, but in February, #28DaysOfBlackCosplay changes that. Not only does it show the world that we’re out here showing what we can do as cosplayers, but it gives those who were too frightened to get into cosplay, to finally make that leap despite criticisms and racism.
What is one thing the PoC cosplay community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other as well as non-PoCs?
Acknowledgment that no one is the same. We all come from different walks of life. It’s not about only seeing what makes us the same. It’s about embracing our differences and loving each other for them.
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