Cosplay Spotlight: Roxy Lee

Say hello to Roxy Lee, in this week’s COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

Oh wow. I do it because it is a form of expression for me, both artistically and emotionally. It allows me to feel more like myself than I ever have or could in the past. I feel at home when I cosplay, like I am not hiding bits about me, or being someone else although I might be dressed up as someone else. It has helped me meet some of the best friends I have ever had. I have made some of the most amazing memories in costume, and I feel proud of what I accomplish by making them. It also let’s me dabble in my makeup and challenge myself at all times to do something bigger and better. I like putting smiles on peoples faces and also keeping one firmly planted to mine by doing so. I love being able to become someone I admire whether it be feeling stronger because I am a super hero for the day, or feeling a little bit crazier because I am a villain and having the freedom to run around like a crazy person haha. It is one of the most empowering feelings to be able to just be who you want but also be yourself at the same time.

What was your first cosplay?

Technically it was as a character from the Graphic novel now feature film “Bad kids go to hell” as their character Veronica. I helped at their booth at both Toronto ComiCon and FanExpo in 2010. I was a schoolgirl that was a huge biotch haha. It was a lot of fun to be able to be someone I am not, being that evil and just a bad bad kis was so much fun. But the costume wasn’t that impressive, I mean school girl uniform is fun of course, but I did not have to make much. I guess I PERSONALLY would consider my first cosplay as Lara Croft. It was inspired from several different Lara looks from both the movie and some of the games I had the chance to play to create my own version, and I loved it! I loved running around and kicking, jumping, climbing and just feeling like a true bad ass female. I made that costume for the most part from scratch using leather belts and hot glue haha. Was a learning experience but those photos are some of my favorites to date.

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

 I do try to make as much as possible, I am a good thrift store shopper. I can find something that fits so perfect to the costume I am making and using that mold it into something better. But I do have a weakness in creating something from scratch say out of worbla or foam. I am still learning and use other cosplayers as inspiration and guides in that field. But what I am weak in I am strong in other aspects like makeup and character development which I take pride on as a cosplayer. I love doing big makeups to add to their persona, or just becoming that character in public 😉 Each of my costumes does have either a prop or piece of clothing that I made completely from scratch though., Like Zoey from LFD I bought the sweater, had the jeans and found the converse shoes, but I made the health kid and boomer bile from scratch, and added on the white stripes on her sweater. That took about two days to complete. 😉 Poison Ivy from Arkham Asylum took about three days as I hand laid and stitched the leaves into the underwear and tights and dyed them. I also then stitched the purple hem onto the shirt and drew on the Arkham logo by hand 🙂 The makeup took about two hours though. My Riddler jacket was also hand made from an old jacket I found at a thrift store 😉 But I did commission my Renegade Commander Shepard from my good friend and amazing fabricator Jenn Leiigh M from The HERO Armory as I knew I could not make it to the degree I would want it. I said if I did it I would want it done right and there is no shame in that game. She did amazing and I am so proud of her work. Sometimes you just know where your weaknesses lie and I learn something new every day!

What is your favorite character to play?

Ohhh thats a tough one. Umm to play as in becoming that character I would have to say either Alice from Resident Evil, The Crow or My Poison Ivy. Completly different I know. But so much fun. I love being the tough bad ass chick who jumps around with the guns, or being the crazy villain who can stare you down into submission, and the costume just makes me feel sexy, I feel empowered and beautiful in it so it makes me feel confident. And The Crow is just *sigh* one of my favorites thus far, the minute I put it on I felt…different…alive….sad, it was surreal. I just felt invincible, hehe. Can’t wait to wear it to FanExpo! 😉 To shoot in though I would say Commander Shepard by far was my ultimate favorite, I had three amazing guns that I got to play with haha.

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

Definitly movies and videogames. Those are my two main platforms of inspiration as they are the two most prominent in my life. Most if not all of my cosplays are based off of movie or videogame characters or even TV shows. 😉 But I do have a Naruto cosplay I am working on for Anime North. Hehe. I will be working on a Gen13 costume eventually but that will be my baby, gotta be in the right mind set for that haha.

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

Oh god for sure! I would be ;ying if I said there wasn’t at least one whoopsie each time I work on a costume haha. But that is how we learn and grow as cosplayers. No harm in using guides and tutorials and youtube videos to help out when we get there, there is always a tutorial somewhere! haha. I would suggest for a newer costumer to plan ahead, make sure to really look at the character and design and map out exactly what will be needed to complete the full look and get all of it first and lay it out on the bed, then map out what goes where and what is the best way to execute and where to start. That way you don’t get half way and go…OH MAN I should of laid that piece first. Also make sure to always try it on as you go so you know it is fitting to your body and molding well, worst thing is finishing and trying it on to find out it doesn’t fit…which leads me to my biggest mistakes to date. The Poison Ivy underwears I first made I hot glued the leaves on, and the underwears shrunk, I put in 6 hours of work to find out it wouldn’t fit over my butt and had to start all over again 🙁 Another one was the WitchBlade Chest piece, I glued over the bra itself and left to dry without molding to my chest, and it got so stiff that it would not form to my body and I could not wear it anymore 🙁 *le sigh*

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

For me of course. Some people have a natural ability to just become anything. but for me I have to really love what I am doing and who I am portaying in order to get into the right mind set. I tend to go for the conflicted, misunderstood and crazier characters as I find it easier to be evil and creepy than to be bubbly and happy haha which is weird as I am usually a rather out going person. I just love challenging myself and being freaky. It is fun to push limits. Most of the characters I do are either villains, or men haha. I just relate better to both I guess. An example is Harley Quinn. She is one of if not my favorite villain ever, but I would NEVER cosplay her in person as I do not do her character justice, I am not goofy and bubbly and annoying like she is (Although some might tell otherwise) haha. So I just do not want to cosplay her if I cannot give a full out performance. Just a matter of personal preferance I guess.

My cosplay pages you can find her under are:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GeekGirlRoxy
Geek Girl profile: http://www.geekxgirls.com/showgeek.php?ID=17
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MarilynMonRolePlayin 
GeekxGirls Site: http://www.geekxgirls.com/
GeekxGirls FB: https://www.facebook.com/geekxgirls
GeekxGirls Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/geekxgirls
The HERO Armory site: http://www.theheroarmory.com/


Photo Credits:

Commander Shepard, Harley Quinn and The Crow shot by: 
Superhero Photography by Adam Jay – https://www.facebook.com/superherophotography,   (I edited the commander shepard and Harley Quinn close up face shots.The HERO Armory edited the N7 Mass Effect shot and the gun smoke in The Crow shot.)
Commander Shepard armor made by: https://www.facebook.com/theheroarmory 

Riddler, Poison Ivy, Lara Croft, Zoey, Alice shot by:
Wandering Dana- https://www.facebook.com/wanderingdana for www.Geekxgirls.com

Bad Kids go to Hell photo shot and edited by me.

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