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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Zuki.

Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Zuki!

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What city are you based in?

I am based in Edmonton, Alberta.

How did you get into cosplay initially?

I got into anime when I was around 12 and never really thought too much about cosplay until I started watching a lot of con vlogs, makeup tutorials, and makeup tutorials all surrounding cosplay on YouTube. It inspired me to start creating my own cosplay content and my love of cosplay began at 14.

Do you have a cosplay piece that you are most proud of?

Definitely! My very first handmade cosplay was Doll from Black Butler and it consisted of over 600 fake flowers to make up the dress and the headpiece. It was definitely a journey and though she is no longer with me, she is bringing joy to someone else and will also be in my heart!

What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?

For a few years into my cosplay journey, my main goal was always to become as close to the characters I cosplayed because most of the cosplays I did were of characters I dreamed to be or would rather be than myself. Looking back on it, it wasn't really the healthiest way to go about this hobby and my perspective and goals have changed greatly. My main goal through cosplay is to inspire others and bring joy to others through bringing their favourite characters to life.

Is there a cosplayer that you look up to or inspires you?

There are many cosplayers that inspire me from Jessica Nigri to Vivid Vision but most of the cosplayers I look up to are local cosplayers and friends. One of these local inspirations is my friend @mithril_cosplays. She gives me the most inspiration through her incredible armor pieces and I definitely aspire to reach her level of talent one day when it comes to crafting armor.

If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?

When it comes to beginning to cosplay, I find a lot of people are very hard on themselves for not "being good" at the craft. The thing is, is that no one is amazing when they first start any kind of hobby or skill. It requires time and practice. My advice is to enjoy the ride and don't focus on trying to be the most perfect at what you do. Let yourself embrace your current talents but also strive to change without being hard on yourself and rushing the process. Just enjoy cosplay for what it is. Cosplay is for many an escape, a way to become more confident in themselves, or a source of enjoyment in their lives.

What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?

The hardest thing about cosplay in my opinion is the competition and bullying that happens within the community. When I first started cosplaying, I couldn't imagine any bullying within what I saw as a wonderful community but unfortunately there is a lot present especially within my local cosplay community. People unfortunately love to bring others down and spread things about you because they are just jealous. There will always be people trying to break you down and trying to combat that can be very difficult.

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