I want to start cosplaying, but im afraid of being judged because I have dark skin and want to be cosplaying as light skinned characters. Im not really sure what to do...
Do what you feel comfortable doing.
You don’t have to go to a con in cosplay the first time. You can just go in normal clothes, meet some new friends, enjoy the con.
Later on, you can try out casual or closet cosplay. Go to more cons, make friends, be more confident, do a little bit more and so on.
Start smaller and give it time. You may find out cosplay isn’t really for you - and if so, no big deal. You’re not required to like to cosplay. Also remember some of the props and costumes of the more well-known cosplayer may come from years of experience so don’t expect to reach their level within your first try. It’s okay to make mistakes. That’s how we learn.
You will find out in the real world - offline - that most people will be cool with what you are doing. Some may not. That is just life. You can’t pleased everyone. The Chance of someone coming up and saying something is a small percentage. Just remember - your self worth isn’t based on what a random person at a con says.
Unfortunately, many cosplayers unwittingly contribute to the very convention culture that endangers them. They contribute, not with the costumes they wear, but by trying to be polite or by not knowing what to do when incidents happen. It can be a very distressing and embarrassing to be objectified or assaulted at a convention, and knowing exactly what to do can be hard. So here are three basic rules of how to react in these horrible situations:
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue - allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival.
“The thing about being a cosplay boyfriend is that it requires you to sacrifice your weekends, for conventions, to sit alone at a table surrounded by prints of pictures that aren’t you….NOBODY TELLS YOU THIS!!!”— Adam the Grumpy Cosplay Boyfriend