TTG: First off, what initially inspired you to start cosplaying?
Angi: When I was in high school, I was heavily into the anime/manga community. I remember looking up photos online and going to my local convention and being blown away by the cosplayers I saw. I was so inspired by the way they embodied the characters and really brought them to life and I wanted to be a part of that. I started cosplaying with the help of my mom and the nearest thrift store and put everything I had into representing the characters the way they lived in my heart. I had to take a hiatus in college, but I retain the same ideals today as I did back then. Cosplay to me is about connecting with a character and pulling that part of myself that I see in them out to bring them into my world.
TTG: What was your first cosplay and how was your first experience cosplaying?
Angi: I honestly tend to get mixed up on this one. I don’t recall if it was Cardcaptor Sakura or Gunnar Yuna since they were both around the same time and it was quite a long time ago. My first con experiences were amazing. I was instantly accepted by the other con-goers and made a ton of new friends. I do, however, remember wearing Sakura to school on Halloween and getting the most judgemental stares from my classmates I’d ever experienced. I’m really glad I had gotten the experience of going to a con first because it made me stronger. I was able to handle the jeering of my classmates because I knew that somewhere there was a group of people who accepted me. I knew that they thought I looked amazing and was doing the character justice so it didn’t matter if people who didn’t know the character thought I was a crazy person. It also helped that I won the school costume contest that year lol
TTG: Now, I’m a HUGE fan of your Elsa cosplays! They look AMAZING! What inspired you to cosplay Elsa and how long did it take to get to the finished product?
Photos by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography
Angi: OMG thank you so much! I’m a huge Disney and fairytale nut and I’ve been following Frozen for about 5 years now. I remember reading about the Snow Queen as a back-burner project at Disney when I was still in college and from then on I followed everything. The Snow Queen has always been one of my favorite fairytales so naturally I was excited to hear Disney might be working on it. I even petitioned the studio for years to work on the film. When information finally came out about the project I almost died. I love musicals and Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell are two of my favorite actresses, so bringing them in was very exciting. Then information leaked about the plot and the relationship of the two sisters and I instantly connected with the characters. Anna and Elsa are exactly my sister and I – the same personalities and the same relationship. When photos finally leaked of Elsa, I immediately got started. Both of my dresses are a work in progress as more references are released from the film. I initially made my snow queen dress based on fanart and the fake leaked teaser poster, so I’m currently remaking parts of the dress to match the final design better. My coronation dress was made using fanart and one officially released screenshot, so when the trailer finally came out I had to restyle my wig and I still have a few items to acquire to make it perfect. Combined, I’ve probably put a good month or more into perfecting both.
TTG: What is your favorite con to attend and why?
Angi: My favorite con so far has been Comikaze. I went for the first time last year and I had a blast. It’s big enough that a lot of heavy hitters in cosplay and the comic and film industry are drawn to it, but small enough that you can actually meet most of them. I’ve found it’s a good medium between a large con like San Diego Comic Con and a small con.
TTG: Now for the final question: How excited are you for Frozen?
Angi: OMG there are no words. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this my entire life and it’s finally happening and I’m so excited that I don’t know what to do. It’s literally all I talk about with my friends and all I think about all day. I spend all of my free time perfecting my costumes, researching the film and forcing everyone I know to watch the trailer with me. I already have my tickets for the El Capitan pre-release screening in a few weeks and every time I look at them pinned to my calndar my heart jumps. It’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster for me and I think the only thing that upsets me is that I won’t have my sister there to share it with me.
Side question: What has been your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
I go back and forth between Elsa and Madame Hydra. I love both costumes and characters so much that it’s very difficult for me to pick a favorite. I suppose if I had to choose, I would say coronation Elsa fer the construction, details and character.
*A HUGE thanks to the wonderfully talented, Angi Viper! This was a lot of fun to do!!
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