Anonymous asked: Hi there. I want to cosplay as Kanaya Maryam from Homestuck, but I am extremely self-conscious about my body. I'm going in a group, and I know I will be the largest one there, which doesn't help my self-esteem. I was told I was too chubby to cosplay Kanaya when I first expressed my interest. What are your thoughts on a chubby Kanaya? Would it go against too many peoples' headcanons or would I recieve hate for it?
GREAT THING ABOUT HOMESTUCK: Hussie himself, god of the homestuck universe, has said that all of the characters’ body types are whatever people want them to be. Skinny or lush or curvy or fat fat faaaaaaaaaaaat, it is up to the individual! And there happen to be quite a few individuals who adore a plump, curvy Kanaya.
I mean, how cute is this. The person/people who said you were too chubby can go to hell, it’s your cosplay and your body and if you put every effort into the quality of your costume and makeup you will look SLAMMIN’.
Myself (cancerously) cosplaying Terezi Pyrope from Homestuck.
I’m not as large as some of the gorgeous ladies on here, but I certainly have my own issues with weight- I’m 150 lbs but I’m barely 5 feet tall, so it all relocates places I wish it wouldn’t. On top of that, I’ve got a fairly large ribcage (37-38 inches) and almost no torso, so I end up looking pudgy no matter what I do. As you can see in this shot (part of the reason I chose it) I’ve got a pretty prominent stomach; I couldn’t get a smooth line on my waist to save me. Back when I was new to cosplay, this tumblr actually helped me a lot in my inspiration to put my best foot forward and cosplay well. So thank you gals, so much, for showing me I don’t need to be afraid even if I am terminally chubby. ♥
Anonymous asked: I'm having a hard time understanding this, and it seems to come up a lot here. Why is it so commonplace for people to be apprehensive about what other people think of their costumes, to the point of things like fear? I can see wanting to accurately represent a character that means a lot to you, but that goes beyond mere weight. I'm about 330 lbs and this reaction from far smaller people seems very odd to me. Why be blockaded by haters?
I’m extremely, genuinely happy for you that you have not experienced what I am about to convey or are able to overcome it easily. That is definitely a blessing you should tack on your mental corkboard for hard times.
The thing is, the fear is sometimes warranted. MANY, I would argue MOST, overweight individuals, female-identified in the majority, are emotionally vilified, attacked, slandered, made assumptions about, and otherwise cruelly harmed by others for their weight and appearance. In a highly visual (and competitive) hobby like cosplay, the risk of being scorned or ostracized (or even being ATTACKED PHYSICALLY, I have seen this at a con) for having the gall to be fat AND cosplay is extremely high.
Outside of bedrooms, no one ENJOYS pain. Sometimes the high-and-mighty attackers can be fended off by the victim being apologetic, all but telling the attacker “I am sorry for offending your eyes, please leave me be and I’ll do you no more harm, I know I am bad”. Even if this is said without sincerity, it can spare the risk of a single attacker becoming a pack, when a vicious hater becomes frustrated by a confident fatty and feels the need to “take them down.”
None of this is good at all, of course, and I wish with all my heart that these guys and gals didn’t feel the need for preventative measures like this, but survival at this point in the weight-acceptance game is often a priority for those who are just starting to open up to the concept of loving their (perfect) bodies.
king-of-fuckshit-mountain asked: You guys suck and fat people are ugly and should not cosplay. Cosplay is dumb in itself, too
Oh golly, what a well-worded and convincing attempt at insulting us.
Or dear god, if this is trying to be trolling it’s fucking pathetic.
Go back to the sandbox, junior.
I’ve been cosplaying for a little over a year now, but for some reason it took me a while to gather up the courage to submit something here? Maybe it’s the difference between posting pictures to a personal cosplay blog and one that strangers follow!
Kazami Yuuka, from Touhou Project. This is actually the second Touhou cosplay I’ve done (the first was Yukari), and it’s a little intimidating cosplaying from a series with a huge (and significantly male!) fanbase, but that also means there’s plenty of people around who recognize and appreciate your cosplay!
It took a lot of courage for me to start cosplaying in the first place because of how I look, but now that I’ve started, I just can’t stop! So if you’re worried about your weight or something like that, I just say give it a shot—it’s really fun and rewarding, and I’ve never had anyone tell me that I’m too fat to cosplay. And if they did, who cares? I’m cosplaying for me, not for them.
Hello again! I’ve submitted to your blog before, but I really wanted to submit again!
Here I am cosplaying Hysterical Dame from Problem Sleuth.
Now, most people would probably consider this inaccurate because of the simplistic style of the original comic. However, as I like to add my own flairs onto things, I went with a more historical, 1920’s-esque pattern.
Not a lot of people recognized me (it’s such a minor comic, it was to be expected), but those that did really loved it! I can’t wait to re-wear it at Momocon with my friend, cosplaying Nervous Broad!
I just want to say, as a plus-size cosplayer, I really love this blog for showing that you can do a good cosplay and be more on the curvy size. ~<3
I’ve seen a few people getting miffed at a Kusuriuri cosplay posted earlier. The cosplayer stated they were 5’8” and 160lbs. Now, all of the complaints have been along the lines of:
“They’re not fat”
“I’m 5’8” and 160lbs and I don’t consider myself fat”
Well, see, the thing is, you’re not them and you don’t get to make that call. Not only is the person’s body shape largely hidden under the rather detailed, non-formfitting cosplay, neither you or I or anyone else has the right to look at someone and say “You don’t get to label your own appearance as you see it.”
Your body and their body are not the same, do not hold weight exactly the same, do not feel the same. They are different bodies, and that’s perfectly okay.
I was once asked what the criteria was for being able to submit to chubcos.
I’ll reiterate: Plus size (size 14 and up), or thick enough to not be accepted without question by the “skinny” cosplay community.
Submissions are now reopened! Please use the tags, I will add character and series tags myself. If you submit a cosplay, tag it such, if you submit a story, tag it with the story tag.
While this is a feel-good kind of blog, I do have quality control. I WILL NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING
Incomplete or poorly executed cosplay. Don’t say things like “I didn’t have a wig but you get the idea”. That is a guaranteed deletion.
If you look a mess you will not be posted. Examples are: wrinkled costume, frizzy/unkempt wig, poorly applied makeup or no makeup for characters this applies to (Homestucks I am looking at you!), general careless appearance.
For stories, if you body-shame yourself or others, I will do one of two things. If you submit anon, I will not post it. If you submit off anon, I will come to you privately and discuss how you could better word your post.
If stories include discussions of ED, self-harm, or other triggering materials I will tag them and head the post with a trigger warning for what it includes.
Feel free to ask any questions!
I’m Ahiru, on the left. That Princess Tutu with me was an actual ballerina and she was so super sweet. <3 This was one of my first serious cosplays. I made this while learning how to sew and I’m really proud of it. I was scared to do it at first cause in the show, Ahiru is super skinny and with my legs and that short skirt I was really nervous but I’m really happy with how this came out. Plus this picture was nice for me since it ended up being at a pretty flattering angle that makes me look a bit slimmer ^^U You can’t see the braid in this picture but it reaches down almost to the hem of the skirt. This picture was taken at Anime Boston 2010 =) I still have to work on a few things (i.e. the wig, better shoes, etc) but I love this cosplay and this character.
Austrian Succession Era France, Axis Powers Hetalia
I almost flaked out on this costume before I got halfway through the planning phase. It’s been done before, by some very STUNNING cosplayers, and while I’m hardly ashamed of my body (a size 14/16: 185lbs at 5’3” is overweight, but nothing terrible), there was a small part of me that worried that it wouldn’t turn out because I could never pull something so lithe and delicately flighty off.
Obviously, I went through with it anyway. And minus a few of the setbacks, I’m absolutely thrilled that it turned out as well as it did. (Though some of us are terrible self-critics, and I’m sure I could nitpick this to death.) And the reception was far better than I’d expected at all! But I also want to seriously thank you for this blog existing at all. I think we all need a little reaffirmation that we don’t need to be model thin to look good, or share cosplay as a hobby.