Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

For those of you who don’t know, this new photo is based on the character babydoll from the movie sucker punch. Yes, the movie didn’t have a real plot, it was just a few anime fan service -esq fantasy scenes stringed together. Go ahead and google “babydoll sucker punch”, you will see what I mean. I love it myself ~wink wink~ had a hard time keeping things tucked under the skirt.

I have been approached by people all the time asking why I don’t do more cosplays, since I already look like some characters like bayonetta. Well, I don’t really consider this “cosplay” but rather similar themed fan-service photo. The reason is mixed. First of all, the hard-core cosplay community is harsh. Anyone dare classify their photo “cosplay” is subject to instant criticism like “not enough effort”, “costume and props not hand made”, “too fat”, “too skinny”, “don’t look like the original character”, “trying too hard”, “too sexy eww lewd” and yup, the vocal side of the community is mostly consist of women. The standard on real cosplay photos is very strange. The not-so-good ones gets laughed at on forums on a daily basis, and the good ones mostly likely professional models like Jessica Nigri and Francesca Dani gets “slut shamed” by jealous individuals. Yes, I am over-generalizing a bit, but take a quick peak on cosplay forums you will see the pattern over and over again.

Secondly, it’s not worth it. Most of the cosplay community are kids still going to school, they have tons of free time to pursue this hobby which they also can afford to dump plenty of allowance money into. Each cosplay require a whole set of dedicated costume and accessories that can cost up to $1000 per set, and you need to keep coming up with new sets to keep people interested. All of the professional cosplayer have at least 10 to 20 complete costume sets. Yes, I have a lot of costumes myself, but most of them are simple store bought ones that require no time and effort to make and cost less than $50 each. In the end, the only people that can make any amount of money out of this are the costume makers and the professional models who also use their fame to host and sell other things on the side. Just like the only sure way to make money in the music industry is to sell instruments to the hopeful.

For me, it’s hard enough to take attractive photos and eventually restart making videos as a trans person. I’d rather cater to the fans who enjoy me and my work as is, instead of going for a new demographic by risking more time and money invesments. My personal standard on cosplay/ modeling photos is simply “does it look good”. Intricate steam punk outfit? Great! Sexy version of movie characters? Yes~! Someone making a cheap store bought Halloween costume look good? Why not! To quote the gladiator meme “Are You Not Entertained?” if so, then shut up and enjoy.


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