Cosplayer of the week: RiRiSmi Official

Age: 22

Location:London, United Kingdom

Favourite food: Pizza. Just Pizza. Pizza is life.

Photo by Johnnie & Todd's Den
Photo by Johnnie & Todd’s Den

What inspires you to cosplay?

Being able to bring my favourite characters to life! I just love the exhilarating feeling.

What has been your best experience in cosplay?

A fan came up to me who followed my page, he happened to be a person of colour and felt like he didn’t have enough confidence to cosplay characters outside of his race and appearance and felt limited. Seeing me branch out from darker skinned characters gave him the confidence to cosplay some of his favourite characters. I was super touched. We hugged. It was cool man.

Photo by Shinigami Photography
Photo by Shinigami Photography

You have done a few genderbends of characters, which has been your favourite one to wear? Why?

Jecht… Cause he’s an arsehole and I love him. Are we allowed to use bad words on here?

You look stunning in a lot of your costumes, what do you do to keep in such great shape?

I’m an avid cyclist. My mum for her age is also really into fitness… She’s my inspiration to stay in shape when I’m her age.

 If you could cosplay anything (money and skills being no object) what would you cosplay and why?

Drace, one of the judges from FFXII. I love that game a lot okay?

Photo by Shinigami Photography
Photo by Shinigami Photography

You have made Fran (Final Fantasy XII) a few times now. What goes through your head when you look at the two versions?

Her armour… I felt a massive improvement of the overall look of her armour second time around. I also thought more about the practicality of her armour in terms of being able to move about at cons. Let’s be honest, her armour isn’t practical… But I felt more comfortable.

What advice would you give to other cosplayers?

Don’t feel deterred from doing a dream cosplay because of how you think people will judge you. You love that character… What others think isn’t important. Do what you love.

If there is one shop you could recommend for cosplay supplies, what would it be?

I can’t say I have one shop. You have to be tactical on the net. Gems can be found anywhere if you look hard enough.

Photo by Si Mulgrave's photography
Photo by Si Mulgrave’s photography
Photograph by Ian B
Photograph by Ian B
Photo by Sonesh Joshi Photography
Photo by Sonesh Joshi Photography
Photo by Cat & Crown Artwork
Photo by Cat & Crown Artwork

 

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About Anna

The resident comic nerd and mistress of Spandex (or so the others say). I have been cosplaying since 2010 while trying to squeeze in numerous adventures where I can. I have a published works such as a fantasy novel and a superhero comic.