Currently watching football, and this is so accurate.
"I’m a cosplayer …. I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone, until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t.
I’m aware that to actively engage yourself in such a visual hobby as cosplay, you have to have a thick skin — and I do. I’m cool with people criticizing my choice in fabrics, choice in wigs, choice of pose, whatever. But my skin color is something I can’t change, nor would I if I had the ability. I love the skin I was born in, and I won’t apologize, make excuses or work around it for anyone’s benefit beyond my own.
I’m thankful that the black cosplay community has encouraging blogs like Cosplaying While Black and World of Black Heroes, so now anyone who might be curious about joining in won’t have to worry about feeling out of place, and will also have a reference to see how certain colors, styles and characters look when portrayed by someone who shares similar features.
We have celebrity support as well - Gail Simone, the current writer of DC’s Batgirl has given her stamp of approval to cosplayers of color time and time again — she even told me she liked my Batgirl on Halloween! (And if Gail Simone likes what you’re doing, then everyone else can take a step to the left because GAIL SIMONE.)”
- Chaka Cumberbatch, writing for xoJane
Chaka, you so do not need my stamp of approval, you are amazing in every cosplay you do, you are witty and stylish and gorgeous, you do nothing but honor to every character you portray and I am thrilled to know you.
You are exactly why I love cosplayers.