Cosplay by LaChocola Cosplay
I pushed people away for a long time because I was going through a lot in my life. I preferred to be alone. I used to be rather cold towards others, but I was just struggling with a few rough patches. But from my experience I learned that kindness is very important: you never know what someone else may be going through. Cosplay helped me learn more about being kind. I also learned to open up to people, both in and out of costume. I’m not the same cold person I used to be. People can change for the better — and there’s always room for growth.
I began cosplaying about a decade ago. The community has helped me meet so many good friends. When I go to a con, I feel like I’m at a second home, where I can interact with people who have similar interests. Cosplay has changed over the decade, becoming well-known, with ready-made cosplays and materials to make becoming accessible for many people.
When I first cosplayed, it interested me that people called me by the character’s name! My very first cosplay was Mew Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew. I was amused by this reaction, as well as the excitement from other attendees who liked the same character.
I was in a Pokémon event in Nintendo World, back when it was called the Pokémon Center. A woman was cosplaying as a character from the anime. I was in middle school at the time and did not know what cosplay was, but seeing this cosplayer onstage really inspired me. I then discovered Photobucket a few years later. (It essentially was an image-based website and hub for anime images and memes). I stumbled across the world ‘cosplay’ on Photobucket and got into the hobby!
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