ARJOON Caribbean Cosplay Champion
The Red Queen
How do you feel after your win at the CCC this year? I am extremely empowered and a very relieved. The competition was very tough, I will be modest and say winning isn’t everything … but it still feels so awesome and I’m really proud to actually win such a big competition. Internally I still cannot stop smiling when I think of it. How long have you been cosplaying? I have been officially cosplaying for about a year now. What inspired you to take on the Red Queen? The game Alice: Madness Returns itself was very inspiring and quite intriguing to me and had a psychological twist that I loved. The game is about Alice finding justice for herself from a horrible man who abused her sister and destroyed her life. The Red Queen is a manifestation of Alice’s sister and she is a powerful queen with a very strong exterior, however, inside she is trying to battle against evil and help Alice while herself being “supposedly” evil. That’s how I view her character and why I respect her and somewhat understand her. To me she is such a strong character who is just misunderstood. The idea of cosplaying her came about when my friends who played the game suggested I should. They would always joke and tell me that I am exactly like her, they said that not only did I physically fit the character but my attitude did as well. However, it was only when the CCC was announced that I really consider cosplaying her, after all her costume was indeed worthy of such a big cosplay competition, but I was still not completely sure if doing her was a good idea. I did not like her in the original story and I was afraid people would mistake me for that version of the queen and then there was the problem of how on earth to make such a big costume and do it justice. I researched the costume and that’s where I saw Yaya Han and a cosplayer from the World Cosplay Summit cosplay her and it looked so awesome that I was completely inspired and driven to commit myself to it. So to sum it up I guess the game or character, my friends and the other cosplayers who did the queen were my real inspiration.
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