I use to pretend to be Knuckles from Sonic The Hedgehog when I was little. I never grew out of pretending to be characters. For the HP book launch one time, I was Magonical. I don't know when it became "cosplay"... But for this it'll be when I dressed up as Link and went to Waterstone's first anime and manga night in King's lynn. 2007 I think...
I think the best thing about cosplay is the fact that I see it as not loosing your imagination to adulthood. You can cosplay at any age! I plan to take my great grandchildren to expos. I'll be Queen Victoria or something lolz
I have to say, making my Cloudette costume has really made me feel like walking around with my chest puffed out. It's the costume which shut up my mum (constant "you can't make that! You've not got the skills" when I started). She's not doubted me since, even if she's not that supportive either.
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