It’s time for another interview, this time with Mistress Barbie! She’s a cosplayer brought to my attention from the Shadow Hunters cosplay contest who keeps herself very busy with her BioGamer Girl Magazine!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
The cosplay alias I go by is “Mistress Barbie.” Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, so in high school, I decided to dress up as Playboy Barbie. I was 15 years old and I had a driver’s education class that day. I was in full attire when it was my turn to drive, and during the session, I had a little costume malfunction which caused me to swerve into a ditch. The Aqua song, “Barbie Girl” was out then so as soon as the “Playboy Barbie Crashes the Driver’s Ed Car” got around school then everyone started calling me “Barbie.”
I have went by that name ever since! I added the “Mistress” part onto my name in the last two years. It fits my dominant personality.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been cosplaying about 16 years. My first actual cosplay was as Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, who I have always been a huge fan of. My second cosplay was as Marilyn Monroe, another great female in history, and from there I continued to craft and come up with various new characters of which some are well-known and then others were from my own imagination. I recently portrayed Fire Wire from Jason Dube’s “Shadow Hunters” Cosplay Contest. It really has to be my favorite costume to date!
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My favorite things to work with are accessories which include props, wigs, jewelry, etc. All the extra materials are what truly bring the costume together. Often times, it is something like a character’s weapon or piece of jewelry that really makes the costume recognizable to others who do not cosplay.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I am excited to start adding body paint to my costumes. I really want to compile some unique costume-less body painting cosplay outfits. I would love to do a whole costume with just body paint and then add a few fun accessories like hats and jewelry. One of the costumes I have in mind to do this way is Harley Quinn from the Batman series.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
The traits I like to see in other costumes is the person not only looking like the character but becoming the character. Cosplay is about developing the mindset and personality of the characters you are costumed as. I believe cosplayers who do this are ones who are truly dedicated to their art form.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I think the cosplay scene is a mixture of those who are passionate about it and dedicate their lives to it combined with those who are the casual cosplayer. Cosplayers become a sort of ‘family’ and are united by the events they share together. I believe the cosplay scene is a healthy way to role play and gives you the opportunity to meet others who share the same interests.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
A change I would love to see is more people cosplaying as a family. My children greatly enjoy cosplaying as other characters. I think it would be a great way for families to spend time together and help improve creativity, imagination and self-esteem among the younger generations.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
In anything in life, when cosplaying, make sure you are passionate about the characters you portray. I believe you should choose characters that have meaning to you so you can portray each character to the best of your ability.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Some of my favorite conventions are Atlanta Comic Con in Atlanta, Georgia and Days of the Dead 2011 in Indianapolis, IN. These conventions had some of the best costumes I have ever come across and the most devoted cosplayers on the scene. My favorite cosplayer is Jeff “Wickedbeard” Cochran who devotes so much time to his art that it is truly inspiring. He portrays horror characters, such as Jason Voorhees, to the point where you believe he is the character! His work can be found at http://www.wickedbeardcreations.com
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
When it comes to my costumes I do not believe you have to break your bank to look great. In one of my costumes, where I portray Cindy Lennox from Resident Evil Outbreak, my bowtie is a twisted hairbow!
Thanks for the interview, Mistress Barbie! From our lovely interviewee: “I am an actress, writer, model, and editor. I am Editor-in-Chief of BioGamer Girl Magazine which is dedicated to girls, horror culture & gaming. You can learn more at http://www.biogamergirl.com. We always enjoy displaying cosplayers in our magazine and accept submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Also, make sure to check out the “Shadow Hunters” cosplay contest here: http://www.scatteredcomics.com/id56.html, where there will be great prizes and awards for participation and the winner gets placed on the front cover of the comic!”