Our first featured Cosplayers Only Member was our first guest to our first ever Cosplay America- stayxxxx!
Though not yet as widely recognized in America as she is in Asia, stayxxxx is that unusual cosplayer who not only looks like the character she’s cosplaying, she somehow captures that character’s very essence. This intangible magic, this ability to become a character so completely, has led to over 152,000 followers on Facebook and invitations to conventions throughout East Asia.
stayxxxx began cosplaying in high school when a group of upperclassmen in the manga club needed a minor character to complete their team. The happiness of this first encounter inspired her to start cosplaying various characters that she liked. To this day, she still enjoys cosplay in its purest form and makes all her own costumes, weapons, and props. This ritual of production, she believes, draws her closer to her characters.
Before choosing a character, stayxxxx reads or watches a work to find the ones that really move her. Her aim in cosplaying is to express the spiritual level that she shares with these characters. “If you don’t truly love the character,” she says, “you feel empty inside.”
stayxxxx is an otaku at heart. In making her first American appearance, she looks forward to meeting with fellow cosplay enthusiasts and talking about everything otaku. We are excited to have stayxxxx as our guest of honor at the very first Cosplay America. The sheer joy she expresses in pursuing this unique hobby is the message we hope our attendees will share with her and cherish long afterwards.
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