My goodness in the summer heat getting to me! I almost forgot to post this lovely little feature of the week for our Cosplay Column!!! Silly Sam…Anyways, this week’s cosplay feature comes from our Facebook call for Cosplay. Please allow me to present the Pretty Panda Cosplay!
Hi there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a student in Tempe, Arizona studying Costumes Design and Production in Film. I’m a huge batman fan and I also enjoy reading comics such as: Critter, Suicide Squad and The New 52 Harley Quinn to name a few. I love being on camera as acting has always been a strong, fun hobby of mine. I also enjoy making funny random videos that I hope to eventually bring into my Youtube channel. I have an unusual sense of humor but you learn to love me haha.
Suicide Squad represent! I am TOTALLY excited about the movie…mostly because I like bad guys who turn into anti-heroes and still maintain their character quirks. I’ll be looking forward to your funny videos. In the mean time, why don’t you share with us how you became involved in cosplay…
For a while I always just called myself a Costume Designer or a Prop Mistress (at least that’s what we called it in my theater days). I actually didn’t hear the term “cosplay” until my first convention back in 2012. Clearly not too long ago but it is something I would described myself doing since middle school.
Theater always seems to be a great avenue towards costume/prop design and creation. I admired my friends who participated in such endeavors when I was a high schooler. Have your costuming endeavors evolved into any side businesses?
I wouldn’t really described cosplay as a business for me right now as I’m still growing with each challenge that I give myself with my projects. In the end of July this year I am officially launching my youtube channel where I will be doing all kinds of fun how-to tutorials with my projects or request from subscribers.
Good luck with your YouTube channel! They are fun and really offer a lot of insight to new and established cosplayers alike. I know you have worked with sponsors in the past, who would you like to give a shout out to?
One sponsor is from a company called Nerdy Girl Photography. Michelle Lodder shoots all my cosplays and we always have so much fun together. I get very into character during my shoots so it’s hard to not laugh and be silly on set when we shoot together. Her company does cosplay photography and I am their leading model.
One other company that sponsors me is Spider Energy (Energy Drink Company) which I can’t say too much about until I launch my youtube channel by the end of this month. So stay tuned!!! 🙂
Oooo…secrets. It sounds like you are really get a move on in your cosplay life which is incredible! Are there any dream cosplays you have either created recently or are striving to acreate?
Selina Kyle/Catwoman has always been one of my most relatable characters in the DC universe. She is a survivor which is probably the one word I would use to describe myself. My favorite version would have to be the Michelle Pfeiffer from the 1992 Batman Returns. She will always be my favorite!! I’m actually starting her costume next month to hopefully have done for New York Comicon in October. I love to do costumes that have a lot of details and I love the rough beaten up look she has towards the end of the film.
Wow! That will be a really cool body suit! Are there any special props or costumes you would like to share with us?
Yes, I’m really proud of my Harley Quinn Insurgency Cosplay. It was the first time I did leather work on my sewing machine and I made the entire costume, including the hammer from scratch. Many hours went into this costume which also had a lot of imperfections. I’m still proud though because it was my first costume entirely made by me.
With so much experience under your belt what would you like to tell those who are just scratching the surface of this community?
Don’t be afraid to cosplay because you don’t look a certain way or don’t have any experience making costumes. Cosplay is supposed to be fun! Making a costume can lead into a lot of trial and error moments but don’t let that get that best of you. As you start to make more and more costumes you will learn from those mistakes and continue to become a more experienced cosplayer. Start with what you are comfortable with and don’t ever be too hard on yourself. Transform yourself into your favorite characters and let your inner child out! Always have fun I can’t say that enough!
How about those veteran cosplayers? What would you like to tell them?
Always have fun and don’t ever be too hard on yourself with your own cosplay. Learn to appreciate your own work and don’t let others take that experience away from you.
Well it seems it’s that time again…time to wish yet another talented cosplayer farewell. Before we say our goodbyes can you tell us who your cosplay inspirations are?
I really admire Yaya Han. I met her at New York Comicon last year and she truly is a beautiful person from the inside out. She works extremely hard into everything she does and I’m truly amazed with her, not just as a cosplayer but as a strong successful woman as well. Her designs throughout her career are completely breathtaking, somewhere I would like to see myself someday. She also has so much heart into the characters she chooses to cosplay. I know Catwoman was a character her and I really related to, so it really warmed my heart to meet someone who was just as passionate about their own work as well as the characters they choose to represent.
Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your cosplay Pretty Panda!
Want to see more of Pretty Panda? Please visit her at/on…
- Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/prettypanda2029/
- Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/stefunny2029/?hl=en
- YouTube on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJMit2vRvcjPDcB4O4RaWQ
Here is a peek at the wonderful world of Pretty Panda…
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