EMC Cosplay - Goldern Age Wonder Woman Did you know that you could get arrested in France if you named your pig 'Napoleon'? Furthermore, you could also get guilotened if you dressed him up in spandex, and then paraded him around the streets singing the theme tune to 'Jaws'. Yeah. I'm not pulling your frogs-legs, pal. My mate, Ivy, imparted this piece of trivia onto me only the other day, whilst she was telling to me about her parisian cosplaying.

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1) What are your own origins, Ivy? Plus what path did you take in life before you got to where you are today?   I am French in origin, and come from Algerian and Moroccan decent.

I started cosplay through my love of Lara Croft, comics, make-up, special effect, plus geek culture in general. 

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2) What prompted you and Jeff to both become a ‘cosplay couple’?   No. Me and Jeff are not a couple. I was a cosplayer before I met him at a convention. But afterwards, the two of us decided to joined forces, and have worked together ever since.

3) What is your ‘regular’ job? And does it in any way shape or form aide you as a Cosplayer?   Ha! I keep my job a secret job. I do not mix the two together. It is not very consistent. In France cosplay is not a big part of popular culture, because the people do not know about it as much as they do in America. 

But I can tell you my old job though. I was helping the beauticians put makeup on cosplayers.

4) How did your friends, family, and work-colleagues, first react to the news that you were a Cosplay model?   My colleagues are not aware of it, although my family loves cosplay, and found it very amusing (especially my mother, who tells me that she wanted to do the same when she was younger). Sometimes my brother comes with me in plainclothes to certain conventions, and harvests signatures and illustrations from comic book illustrators. Also, some of my friends are are cosplayers too; so they share my passion for it.

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For conventions I pick a costume at random. Hopefully my next one will be finished soon.
6) What have you learnt about yourself whilst being a Cosplay model? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with?   I've learned a lot about technology, materials, and sewing. Plus I'm always discovering and learning a lot about human nature as well.

7) What are the advantages and disadvantages about being a cosplayer?   There are more positive aspects than negative ones. Negative people can be jealous of you, and try to copy your site and ideas etc. I find that there are many sick people, who are not very mentally stable! Thankfully, people like Jeff and the events I attend, more than make up for this pitfall.

Thank for that, Ivy. It was very nice knowing how you cosplay over in France. Don't you agree, dear readers? Yeah! Good. So when you have the time, please, by all mean, check out her site on emcosplay.weebly.com, plus of course, facebook too. Alors qu'attendez-vous pour? Clic-clic-clic!