I'm tired of cosplay as a lookalike contest. I'm tired of people telling cosplayers what they should and shouldn't spend their hours and dollars crafting based on the coincidence of their genetics. I'm tired of watching actual cosplays ignored in favor of who the cosplayer "reminds you of." And I'm tired of how all these problems are supercharged for cosplayers of color, fat cosplayers, genderqueer cosplayers, and disabled cosplayers.
Some of you may have seen on my Instagram or Facebook that I recently completed a cosplay of one of the centaurettes from Disney's "Fantasia." I chose the one filing her nails with a cattail in one scene. I love her style, and I was drawn to her color scheme. But there’s a dark subtext to this character, and, in fact, this whole segment: Racism.
I'm the kind of person who likes to wear my geek on my sleeve, so to speak, so I own a lot of merchandise and clothes related to the fandoms I love. And since there's no fandom I love more than Harry Potter... well, let's just say that if someone burned all my clothes that weren't Ravenclaw themed, I could still dress myself for a solid week.
I've had such a great time working on this fun Harry Potter-themed parody of Sam Cooke's "What a Wonderful World"! Once you've watched the video... watch it again! And then, if you liked the song, make sure to purchase the single so you can listen to it anytime!