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FEATURED COSPLAYER

Would you say that you have developed a particular niche or style of cosplaying? What sort of characters are you drawn to the most? Yes I never thought I would have a preference for cosplays but I do, I love to cosplay powerful, strong, heroic women/girls. Something about cosplaying these types of characters is very positive and uplifting, perhaps it has to do with breaking the negative stigma attached to women or female characters in the anime/game/ cosplay industry, where women are sometimes viewed as just eye candy, fan service or unimportant characters. We see you have experience genderbending, how was that for you and what inspired you to take that route in your character portrayal? Yes, I cosplayed a genderbent Trafalgar Law, I really enjoyed it, my inspiration for his cosplay came from my enormous respect and admiration for that character and I could not do it justice if I did not genderbend it. However, for general genderbending I enjoy it because male characters usually have very interesting yet not revealing costumes as opposed to females and I don’t like doing very revealing cosplays, that’s just my personal preference. Your performance of the Red Queen was a big topic of conversation for weeks after the convention. Walk us through how you came up with it and was the crown falling an ode to Yaya Han's performance? I had no idea it was a topic for weeks wow...amm...my performance was inspired by the speech the Red Queen gave Alice during the game. To me this speech was very important since the Red Queen tried to help Alice understand herself, it showed a less evil side to the queen which I really wanted to portray. My monologue was created to be part of the game where the queen would have been looking on at the fight between Alice and Dr. Bumby (evil villain). Although she would have wanted to help Alice regain Wonderland, sadly she could not do anything but look on. To me the Queen is not evil she is misunderstood and I hope people grasped that from my portrayal of her.

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Profile for Josette James

ALIAS Magazine Issue 06  

A Caribbean pop-culture magazine catering to those with a taste for Anime, Gaming, Cosplay and Art/Manga.

ALIAS Magazine Issue 06  

A Caribbean pop-culture magazine catering to those with a taste for Anime, Gaming, Cosplay and Art/Manga.

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