A wonderful cosplayer from the Southern States, Kenzie Cosplays has arguably been at this her whole life! She does a wonderful job at embodying some of our favourite childhood characters (certainly some of mine, at least) and is a true costuming badass.
Location: Dallas, Texas
Favourite food: wraps
What inspired you to first start cosplay?
When I was younger, I pretty much lived in costumes to the point that my mom’s friends would ask who I was going to be that day. As I got older, I grew out of that phase and the only time I would dress up would be for costume parties or Halloween. About 4 years ago, I found out that there was a con that wasn’t too far from where I lived. I had always wanted to go to one, but I never knew where they were going to be held. So my mom and I decided that we were finally going to go! I didn’t cosplay because I used to be really shy and I was afraid that I would be the only person dressing up. Little did I know that there would be a lot of people who would be dressed up as their favourite characters! After that con I decided that I was going to make a costume like my mom did for me when I was little and wear it to that same con next year. I’ve been hooked ever since.
What’s your favourite part of the costume making process?
I love figuring out new and different techniques to make the costume exactly how I want it. I also love seeing the thing I had been putting a lot of work into finally turn into something, rather than just some fabric or foam.
What would you say is your most complicated costume to date?
I would probably have to say Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon 2. I had to learn/figure out so many new things while making it. I had to learn how to sew on different types of fabric (like fur), how to sculpt and mould things and how to make a prop. But because I took my time while making it and because I learned so many new things, it became one of my favourite cosplays.
Do you have any advice for cosplayers who would like to start making their own props?
YouTube is your best friend! Whenever I start to make a prop, I always head to YouTube to see if someone has already made it so I don’t have to try and figure it out all by myself. Evil Ted Smith and Kamui Cosplay are the people that I always look up when I start a project.
Do you have a dream cosplay that you’d like to start working towards?
My dream cosplays right now are Skull Kid from Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Anastasia’s big ball gown from 20th Century Fox’s Anastasia. I’m going to start working on Skull Kid at the beginning of next year and hopefully work on Anastasia at the end of next year.