I will often times get a message or a comment stating that a cosplay would be “sexier” without dance tights or pantyhose. I want to explain something here. NO! First, always dance tights. Pantyhose have weird gussets and lines. If not on the sides of the hips, at least in the crotch. It’s not attractive. And although they are cheaper than tights (about $3 compared to $15) they will likely snag within minutes and are easily ruined. So lets go over a few guidelines and reasons why this is a necessary part of every cosplay.
Clean lines. Dance tights streamline a cosplay. They tighten up a figure and smooth out any lumps and bumps that a lady might feel insecure about. They also cover up spider veins, light bruises, and dimples. Legs also get cold. What happens when they get cold? Chicken skin. And that’s not so attractive. It doesn’t photograph well and it’s not comfortable.
Children are present. Cons are family events. Cosplayers are under enough scrutiny without some girls snatchitals flapping in the wind. Forgive my bluntness but it’s true. Sure the average pervert thinks this is fantastic but the average parent wants your head on a stick. I have seen this happen many times. And guess what bitch! This sort of disrespectful behavior is what gets cosplays put under stringent guidelines.
It’s a safety issue. Unfortunately, there are people out there that will attempt to violate a female cosplayer. These tights practically go up to your neck. No one is slipping a finger in there.
So feel free to rock that Cammy, Elektra, Velma, Supergirl, and any other cosplay you love. Just play it safe, family friendly, and clean with some dance tights.
And for you guys out there, if your rockin some lycra or spandex, wear a dance belt.
As you may or may not know, I am a huge Powergirl fan and cosplayer. Here are some of my PG pics throughout my 6 years of cosplaying. Tell me your fave, sharer with your friends, and don’t forget to subscribe 😉
I apologize for the delay. I have been so busy with my new cosplay book. It is now in numerous stores fro Wyoming to Texas and everywhere in-between. I am working on packaging and shipping as well as contacting more stores. I have also been taking some time to shoot some fun new things.
Let”s take a minute to talk about that. The word Cosplay. it means Costume-Play. And it it SO MUCH FUN. there are no rules as to what you can and can’t cosplay. So feel free to explore and get out of your comfort zone.
SO: Here are some fun new shots from Alvin Johnson Photography with my new friend Mindi. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. And get a copy of my new Cosplay Photobook from http://183degreestudio.com
Did I ever tell you about the time I was radioactive? Probably not. Many moons ago I was feeling regularly ill. OK not ill per se, more like excruciating kryptonite dagger in the gut pain multiple times a day. After numerous sleepless nights and excessive deliberation I headed to… THE DOCTOR. I found him to be quite entertaining, however completely useless in the remedy of my immediate situation. After a lengthy conversation with various medical professionals it was determined that I most likely needed my gall bladder removed. Bladder’s a funny word, lol, but I digress. But before embarking on such drastic measures I was required to undergo one final test. The evening prior to Thanksgiving, I traveled far and wide (or 8 miles, no I did not see Eminem) to a dreary facility. The stench of industrial cleaners flowed throughout the many laboratories. White coats and latex hands occasionally peered out through the hallways. With the impending holiday so close you could taste the Butter Balls Basting (say that 5 times fast) this place was almost completely vacant. The time had finally come. I was to be injected with a radioactive tracer substance. For the next few hours I would be cocooned and alone surrounded by nothing but the screams of those that died there before me! OK maybe not that but it was really really loud. I mostly slept through it because hey who cares right? It’s just noise, it’s not like zombies or clowns. After this heinous torture I was informed that for the next 24 hours I would be…RADIOACTIVE!!! I couldn’t hold back the excitement! What would my superpowers be? And how would I maximize my 24 hours of superiority? In a flash my excitement and enthusiasm was stripped away as I was informed that I was to have no contact with children or the elderly. That’s it? Not very heroic if you ask me. On a positive note, Thanksgiving was around the corner. How could I use this to my advantage? Now I know what you’re thinking and no I wasn’t planning to poison the elderly or kill bratty kids. But, I could avoid them! No kiddie table for me! HA! And no creepy conversations about keeping the plastic utensils. For one brief moment, I stood back , watched as a spectator, at real life television. And do you know what I learned? I learned that the typical American Thanksgiving is just a shadow cast of any episode of The Walking Dead.
I was recently approached by the creators of Project Superwoman. This was SO COOL! I got to create a Dark Powergirl (Evil Superwoman or whatever they decide to call her). I love the costume and had the opportunity to play multiple characters including Powergirl of course.We did some green screen work so you will get to see me fly. I also did some bad ass fighting and some shit got destroyed. Oops. Then I get to play a mad scientist and fight some big dude and this is where my new badass Dark Powergirl comes into play. This won’t be out until spring but in the meantime they have some other video shorts with great girls and fun adventures to tide you over. Keep on the look out for sneak peaks of the filming on my facebook pages as well as Twitter, Tumbler and Instagram. I am AzPowergirl Everywhere. Also, You can get my new Dark PG print on my Storenvy and use promo code “BINGO” for a buy 2 get 1 free (Prints). http://183degree.storenvy.com/collections/183595-az-powergirl-prints/products/3876739-az-powergirl-superwoman-mkii-11×17-art-print
With the cosplay is not consent movement; I have a bit of a different view. I promote that nothing is consent except for consent itself. Regardless of whether or not someone (male or female) is in a costume or any other attire,they should not be exploited, antagonized, assaulted, bullied, etc.. I am a firm believer that empowering women should NOT be about belittleing men. I don’t advocate degrading, punishing, or oppressing men in the name of feminism. So in general I follow Bill and Ted’s motto “Be excellent to each other”. and I’ll get off my soap box now. lol
AND THE DRAGON COMES IN THE NIIIGHGHGHTTTT!!!! Here are some pics of me being soap boxie.
As I entered the museum I was first of all let in for FREE! That’s right FREE! Cause I’m ME! And that’s special. (OK fine they let everyone in for free but let’s not talk about that) I came across my number 1 fan! That’s right, the first fan ever made. Or one of them…whatever. They let me ride the Police Motorcycle and the sirens go WEE WOO WEE WOO! Of course I wore a helmet. Safety first. I found some cosplays waiting for me and tried some new looks. Did some work under the hood of a truck. perhaps I can fill it with Mexicans that will dig me a pool.
My new show is up and running from the good people at NonProductive! Me and my co-host Ken Smith bring you the deepest darkest from yours truly along with interviews and con info. I want your feedback to make this show a success. Look for weekly shows and let me know what questions you would like answered.
I have ALWAYS been a huge advocate for blood donation. I personally have a blood type that flies off of the shelf (cause I’m a diva like that). My niece was a premie and needed 9 blood transfusions in order to survive. One thing I really dig about WTF events is that they ALWAYS have a blood drive. And as long as I am able, I will donate. Phoenix Comicon also has a blood drive every year. I have donated as White Phoenix in the past (that is on video and posted on my youtube page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeHfAgftQYc&list=UUGpOakRd7Iyvb8SQpGUkRkQ ) but this time I donated as Jill Valentine. I hope my blood isn’t used for the G-Virus…but we all know it is. So do your part for the sake of humanity and find the HERO in YOU!!