Cosplay Spotlight: Nicole Marie Jean

Nicole Marie Jean has entered the stage of our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

There are several reasons why I cosplay. Not only do I love the characters and stories they come from, but I enjoy being able to express my creativity and bring them to life. I’ve always been into these characters, as well as, the comic books, cartoons and movies they come from. I’ve also always been rather artistic and creative and being able to bring together both my love of the characters and my creativity has become such an amazing thing.

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was back in May of 2011. I attended a convention as Babydoll from Sucker Punch.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I make all my costumes and props myself. The length it takes me depends on the costume and the deadline I’ve set for myself. I woke up one morning and decided I would have Lady Punisher done by that evening. It was mostly a lot of hand painting but I got it done. Usually it takes weeks or progress over a few months. Lady Bane was completed within a couple weeks of nonstop work, but a costume like Machiko, the She-Predator, is a never-ending project. I keep adding armor to it and, most recently, I’ve added an army of sculpted chestbursters that I wear on my hip.

What is your favorite character to play?

My favorite character to play, as of right now, is Bane. There’s something about wearing that mask and outfit that makes me feel tough and a bit menacing. It’s a bit empowering and makes me feel, if only for a brief moment, that I could break a back. Of course, in reality, I have the upper body strength of a newborn.

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

Comic books are probably my biggest inspiration, though I have a handful of costumes inspired by movies and video games.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

Make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. I think that’s my biggest advice for the ladies. I haven’t really had any wardrobe malfunctions other than that.

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

The characters that have simple designs, of course. A lot of the female characters are scantily clad in spandex. I’ve been turning towards more complex designed characters which allow me to sculpt or build pieces. I have a handful of male characters I’m working on that will allow me to be more creative and test my skills and abilities.

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