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Cosplayer Spotlight – Itybityblue

Anyone have a con today? No? Then meet this adorable cosplayer. They have some fabulous cosplays.

Vanellope: @Bubblegummoonbunny Photo by:@andrearodellphotography

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Instagram: Itybityblue

Facebook: Itybityblue Cosplay

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?

Coffee

TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

My name is Christina. I was born in Miami, Florida and live in the Florida Keys. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. I am a raider in World of Warcraft and play mostly Tanks in Overwatch. I love going fishing and scuba diving when I am not cosplaying.

WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?

I started about 2 years ago in College when a Comic-Con came to town. It wasn’t a very good one but we all start somewhere right.

Photographer: @linkchey

WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?

I cosplay because I find it to be a stress reliever and a way to express my more creative side. I enjoy making characters come to life and watching peoples’ faces light up when they see their favorite character walking toward them.

WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?

I follow a lot of Kamui Cosplays stuff and own a couple of her books. They are great references for when I get stuck.

WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?

I have a broad selection to be honest. I do anime, videogames, DC and Marvel characters, and Disney princesses. I would like to get into doing armor cosplays for some World of Warcraft characters though.

Photographer: @Undergroundfxlab

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?

By me? I love my Yang Xiao Long from RWBY, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, and Mystique from Xmen are my top 3 that I do. My favorite cosplay to see at Comic-Cons are the Overwatch characters, World of Warcraft characters and other Team RWBY characters.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?

Bwonsamdi, the Loa of Death from World of Warcraft.

DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?

There are only 2 cosplays of mine that are bought. Kara from Detroit, Become Human, who I bought to try out LED lights in a costume. And Yang Xiao Long from RWBY, I bought this costume because at the time, I did not feel comfortable in making cosplays yet and wanted to try making weapons for the first time. The rest of my cosplays are all handmade. As I continue to hone my skills, I hope to come back to these two characters and make their costumes as well, only better and brighter!

Anna @the_nerdy_boutique

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?

I love the community that is involved in cosplay, and that, no matter your skill level, you can feel proud in your costume. If it is bought or made doesn’t really matter and you can feel good in both. It’s also a way to find people who have the same interests as you.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?

The only thing difficult for me is the distance to a lot of good Comic-Cons. Living in the Southernmost part of the continental U.S. can make it hard to get to even the smallest of Cons. I have to plan a lot of travel time.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?

I love to be Yang Xiao Long. The Little Mermaid is a good one to do in the summer because it is so dang hot in South Florida. If I do manage to go into armor making, I’m going to need to figure out a good ventilation system.

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

I do enjoy the water so I would have to say that I would live in Atlantis.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?

I watch or play something and then say to myself: Oh hey, that’s cool! I could make that. I also always wanted to be a Disney princess so there’s that driving force too.

WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?

Hah…. I’m not very big into fandoms, but I was on the outskirts of Hetalia and just enjoy watching RWBY.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?

This hobby is expensive!

WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?

Watch tutorials first, make a list of things you need and the colors that appear on the character. You will mess up! Try again.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?

This is a fun thing to do on the weekends and that it is a fun event where you get to meet celebrities and show off your favorite characters, in costume form!

WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

I am redoing Elsa from Frozen and then I will make Aurora. After those two are done I am hoping to try my hand at armor building and am debating between Alexstraza, or Sylvanas. I might just do both.

WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?

Belle’s yellow ballgown would be a must. I would also like to have Reinhardt from Overwatch.

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?

They can find my stuff on Instagram @itybityblue

And on Facebook: Itybityblue Cosplay

I also work with my sister doing facepainting and body art: @Magiccitymask

And on Facebook: Magic City Masquerade

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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