This is a collaboration with The Cinema Makeup School for a Demo at Wondercon: Costume made by me, prosthetics and makeup design by Jamie Leonodes! Photography by Eric Anderson
My entire outlook on cosplay can be summed up by this costume: Remember, boys and girls - be who YOU want to be. In cosplay or otherwise in life, don't let others dictate who you should be. Anyone can cosplay anyone. Skin color, height, facial features, body shape, gender, ethnicity… don't let any of it stop you from expressing yourself. Have fun with the costumes you choose to wear. Be creative. Revel in the unique connection you'll forever build with the character you cosplay.
I'm not an Alien, a Mutant, nor am I African American. But I have followed Storm's story for years, since I was a child. I found a way to express how much I admire her as a strong female role model to me and millions of kids all over the world. I had fun with the creativity of portraying Storm as a Skrull. I met some of the most amazing people at the Cinema Makeup School through collaborating on this costume project. I enjoyed making this costume from scratch. I got to witness Jamie Leonodes's genius in making the prosthetic pieces and painting me green. I got to try out one of Arda Wigs' gorgeous Suzi wigs, with a widow's peak lace front. I got to shoot with the awesome Eric Anderson Photographic, who created this photo. I have now built a lasting connection not only with Storm, the character, but with all of these wonderful artists and creatives as well.
That's what cosplay means to me. Be who you want to be.
Thank you, Yaya! It's been a pleasure working with you. This look would have been nothing without your incredible costume design talents and the way you inhabit a character. We can't wait to do it again!
You inspire me to cosplay like a boss! my first cosplay will be in a few weeks and I'm relaly excited to start. Thanks for being an awesome inspiration! You truly have talent and beauty beyond compare!