I am a bigger girl, and I am also very interested in cosplaying certain kinds of superheroines who are of the skinny variety.
It seems like many popular cosplayers have a certain slimmer body type, and that there is (all jokes aside) not much room in the cosplay community for bigger girls. It also seems like guys and girls alike would possibly shame me for wanting to cosplay a character who is not a bigger person … even if I really like that character. I have been wanting to cosplay Miss Marvel for as long as I can remember, but worry I will get relentlessly made fun of. I worry that the cruel jokes and fat shaming will be too much to take and that I should just cosplay something less “skinny girl stereotypical.”
Do you have any advice for me?
First of all, welcome to the world of cosplaying! Even if you haven’t officially cosplayed anything yet, the idea of wanting to means you’ve already joined the community in my book!
The only grand piece of advice I can give you just the good ol’ Nike slogan… just do it!
While yes, the vast majority of the community is made up of thin girls there is still a nice portion of us plus size girls who are totally legit with wearing spandex to be Catwoman. That alone shouldn’t stop you from venturing in BUT I do understand where you’re coming from. With any hobby that involves putting yourself out into the world you will without a doubt be subjected to negativity. I for one have been called fat so many times and while it still bothers me, I am thankful to have a good group of friends and members of the community both big and skinny on my side.
So that’s another piece of advice. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and encourage you because having those people around you will most definitely help soften the blow of the idjits out there. Also, keep in mind that most of the people who insult us are people who don’t cosplay. They don’t know what its like to work hard on something and get up the courage to wear it. Most if not all cosplayers know what it’s like so they are, for the most part, on your side too.
A good mindset to have (at least for me when I do it) is to think about all the younger kids I might be inspiring. Also adults too…but mostly kids. There might be a little chubby girl out there who will see you and think “Yes! I can do this too when I get older”. I always keep in mind all of the types of girls and women I could be inspiring to get into this fun hobby and sometimes that makes it better..because I know that I am not just doing it for myself but for them too!
If YOU know you love the character, that’s all that matters. You should be able to show your love for Ms. Marvel just as much as any skinny girl should. So I say suit up and go kick some ass, girl!
Here are a few ladies that I follow that are not skinny that cosplay the hell out of what they make! Hopefully you’ll get a bit of inspiration from them to help push you closer to your dream!
And because I feel like I didn’t answer this that well, I will link you to some posts I’ve done on my own blog about cosplaying!
Bonus link to an article: Does Size Matter?
And have a photo of myself as Ms. Marvel. This was my first time copslaying the hero and as you can see, I am not that skinny either. I had a lot of fun wearing this and showing my love for the lady Danvers despite being surrounded by my skinny friends. I made the costume super last minute and it looked like crap but I worked it… and so can you!
Special thanks to Gwen for agreeing to speak on this topic for us!
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