“I didn’t ever do this because I was trying to become someone else. I was just doing something I really loved. It took me 20 years to get where I am today. I think with integrity, hard work, authenticity, and doing it because you enjoy the doing instead of trying to seek rewards, I think that’s when the rewards come to you.”— Dita Von Teese ( source )
Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from Discovery and HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle.
As cosplay has become more popular outside of Japan in recent years, it has raised fascinating questions about gender, sexuality and authenticity in fandom and the fictional realms cosplay strives to mirror. Just in time for con season, Cristen and Caroline share how there’s far more to cosplay than dressing up.
Dear Cosplayers who pride themselves on making their creations or that has an excelled crazy ass fabricating talent or has been doing it for many moons or is naturally gifted with undoubted physical beauty, you’re awesome! You’re still not superior to those who don’t though.
Dear Cosplayers who buy their costumes from the store or has them commissioned, is new to the game, or just wants to wear nipple pasties and tights with a table cloth cape to celebrate their fandom, you’re awesome! You deserve the stage the same as the former mentioned above. Be proud!
*In my Rick James voice* It’s not competition. It’s a celebration bitches. Dress up!