"Thank you for being a bigger guy and a cosplayer of color who doesn't give af. It makes me wanna cosplay too. How do you get past the negative stuff?". I get quite a few of those messages but lately I've been getting alot more. As flattering as it is to be considered an inspiration in that aspect, it's a shame that there even has to be inspiration out there in order for people to feel comfortable enough to do it.
How do I get past it? While the notion that cosplay is for everyone and there's no wrong way to do it is widely known and accepted, which I too believe, there are those who feel the ONLY way to "pull off" or be a character is if you're accurate to the source material whether it be sex, race, body type etc. And while everyone is entitled to their opinion, remember that cosplay is an art form and art truly is subjective. I get past the negative because I personally feel that opinion just isn't what cosplay is about. You are who you believe yourself to be, period.
I don't pull off characters based on imitating them in likeness. I pull off characters because I make those characters adapt to become me, in whatever way I am and want. You can disagree with it and my choices but at the end of the day what you eat won't make me shit and I'll still call myself whomever it is I believe myself to be. And that's why I am that character no matter what.
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