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Hi, my name is Ginger and I am a florida cosplayer. I recently did a female! Equius Zahhak cosplay at Megacon 2014 Florida this year. One big reason why I did this cosplay is because as a cosplayer, I wanted to do a cosplay where I was comfortable with my body. It was Sunday of the con and I didn’t really want to do something too difficult for costume but I also wanted to do this photoshoot with my beautifully talented moirail for this convention. When I got there, I lifted my chin and walked with confidence (as I would presume Equius would) Afterall he is a body building engineer. I honestly felt terrified. I dont have abs. I have stomach fat. and when I wasnt sucking in my gut and flexing in the picture, it was a lot for me to handle. I am a girl who constantly hides inside in cozy hoodies rather than wearing a sports bra and a pair of shorts, leaving my stomach, arms, and even soime of my legs completely exposed. I felt like I was being stared at because I am a woman. I am not a skinny girl, I am not an attractive girl, but I am a cosplayer … and I wasn’t about to let my own personal body scars and self consciousness ruin this cosplay for me. I wanted to be proud, flying my troll colors freely.
I actually ended up getting my picture taken by a couple of people and honestly each and every one was so nice to me and appreciated my cosplay so much. By the end of the day I had been remarked as a slut, and I had been given dirty looks for not only the outfit that I wore, but for the horns placed distinctly on my head. But I am proud to be a homestuck cosplayer and those select few people really made my day worth it for this cosplay.
Thank you Homestuck community. It may have only been 3 of you, but you all are my family and you supported me.
Thank you for helping me feel comfortable with my body.