If this cosplayer never gains a huge following in the art or lifestyle, I have no doubt in the my mind that she will excel in life. She has a personal code of beliefs that she is steadfast in, and a large core of friends that she loves and loves her. Her cosplay is just an extension of how she lives her life: She is modest. She is humble. She keeps to herself, yet shares herself deeply with her friends that she has met in doing what she loves.
Dear readers, I give you Kimikokoro.
Before I get into the meat of the interview, do you mind if I ask you how tall you are? I hope that doesn’t offend you. I’m just very curious.
I am 5‘2- 5’3. I am actually pretty short, a lot of times for the taller characters I cosplay I’ll wear higher heels or lifts to make myself look a lot taller haha.
I went to your Patreon and the first thing I noticed is that you do not do lewds, nudes, or implied nudes. Not too many cosplayers on Patreon have that standard as an artist. Would you mind sharing with us why you feel that strongly about that?
It’s not necessarily that I feel strongly about it, but I myself don’t feel comfortable with it, and just in general, I have never been the type of person that’s willing to show off their body like that. It’s just not my style, and if I am not comfortable with something, and it’s not fun for me; well the whole point of cosplaying is to have fun. I won’t do something I don’t want to do. ‘Pretty simple.
How do you feel about cosplayers that do sell tiers with lewds, nudes, and/or implied nudes?
Honestly, you do you. If someone else wants to do that and it’s fun for them, it’s not hurting me in the slightest, so I don’t really care.
Do you feel any pressure to provide lewd, nude, or implied nude content because of the success of other Patreons that do?
Honestly no, I do what I love because I want to. I am not the type of person that really cares about what everyone else is doing and the fanbase that I want to have will hopefully support me regardless.
Looking at your portfolio, I get the flavour of the Korean cosplay idols like the Spiral Cats. Are you familiar with them? Are you also a fan of their work? Does that certain style of cosplay have a name?
I actually have never heard of them. My style is pretty much my own, I work hard to create my own image but the few cosplayers that have definitely influenced me the most are probably Hikarin and Yasha for sure.
I think the qualities of your cosplays that reminds me of the Spiral Cats is not just a tendency to cosplay as certain mult-tailed kitty girls, but your style in general. You both choose a lot of elegant and very feminine cosplay characters. Your characters go for cuteness, prettiness, or beauty over sexiness and sensuality. Does that describe your preference as a cosplayer? Does that extend to other parts of your life?
Oh yeah for sure, I think in general as a person I’ve always been a lot more reserved, and I’m not one of those super out there flirty, in your face type of girls. It’s not me as a person, and so it definitely shows in my cosplay style as well as my choice of cosplays. I guess a pretty big example of this is Re:Zero, if you’ve ever seen it; the hot topic debate over Rem and Emilia. I’ve always considered myself more of a Rem, and so I cosplay Rem and prefer Rem over Emilia. They’re both, I guess, that cute and pretty style, but I’m the type that tends to go unnoticed, so I always prefer the characters that are more soft and off to the side.
One of the things that stands out in your cosplay are your makeup skills. If you never cosplayed another day in your life, you could do your own makeup as a model or idol. Do you you model or work in any other aspect of entertainment?
Haha wow, thank you. My favorite part of cosplay is always the makeup, so it’s really nice to hear that other people like it as well. I actually do not work as a model or an idol. I’ve never been confident enough to try entering the entertainment industry like that.
It doesn’t really seem that you like doing cosplays of characters with armour or weapons. Do you ever do those kinds of cosplays?
Oh god haha, I actually really do like some characters with armor and weapons, and I have done a few in the past with light armor or a sword every now and then. I did have one or two somewhat armed cosplays planned for the future, but it’s very very time consuming to work on full armor cosplays, and I am pretty busy, so I don’t have the time to work on them.
What types of materials do you like working with when you are costuming?
Hmm, I think my favorite types of material to work with when creating any of my costumes is foam; any type of foam. I feel like I can make a lot of things relatively easily with foam, and I’m not going to lie, working with wire makes me want to stab my eyes out just because it’s really difficult to work with, since I’m not super strong, and my hands are pretty small.
There are so many pictures of you with other cosplayers in your portfolio! Would you like to tell us who is in your cosplay crew? Are there any people that you like to collaborate with or cosplay with?
Definitely, I love my friends. I love cosplaying with other people. It’s a lot of fun! My main and definitely longest friend is @Ikarukame on Instagram; we started cosplaying together. The main crew also includes @tsuei_vivian and @dat_kittykat.
I met Yasha once at Fanime this past year, and we were all cosplaying Houseki no Kuni, kind of like the main group of characters, and she was so nice, and so pretty. We all took a couple of pictures together. I’d totally want to collaborate or group cosplay with her in the future.
If I had to guess, I’d say that you were a very social cosplayer. Do you find cosplay as a great way to make new friends and socialise? How many friends do you have, now from cosplay? ‘Ever met a boyfriend/girlfriend cosplaying?
That’s so funny. I actually think I’m pretty good at socializing with people, but I’m actually pretty introverted. I actually don’t usually like approaching people at all. Cosplay has definitely made me more social and a lot more confident as well. I think a good portion of my close friends were people I met through cosplay and the cosplay community. I don’t even know if I can count them all, but at least 10 of my good friends, I’ve met through cosplay; even more than that if we’re just including friends I’ve met through cosplay. I haven’t met a boyfriend/girlfriend while cosplaying, but I met someone through a cosplay friend if that counts.
Do you see yourself cosplaying 10 years from now? What do you ultimately want to get out of cosplay?
Oh yeah for sure! I love cosplaying. It’s my hobby. It’s my passion, and I just love it because it makes me happy. I’ve already been given so many things because of cosplay. I’m happy with where I am with it right now. If I want to get anything out of it, it’s just that continuous joy it brings me to complete a cosplay, or when I cosplay with friends.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers and your admierers?
Cosplay is something I will always love. I’ve learned a lot through the experience about life, people, and myself, as a person. So if anyone reading is hesitant on starting their cosplay journey, I hope that if you do try it. It’ll be something you have fun with and grow to love as well.
I truly wish I had more for you guys, but I guess I’m lucky she had this many pictures that had not been shared, yet, seeing how she is launching a Patreon this month and sharing all of the pics she can for her ever-growing legion of followers!
Please enjoy this exclusive pictorial with FiestyVee!
To make these articles, I almost literally have to send out a sea of inquiries to talented cosplayers in hopes that they don’t think that I am a scam artist, pornographer, or just plain old “weirdo” or “creep.” I was very elated when this young lady responded, and so promptly. She has exploded on to the cosplay scene, and probably won’t be accepting interviews in the same capacity for long, as she is quickly building her brand and building her own cosplay empire.
Ladies and Gentlemen, leading off the month of February, I give you FeistyVee!
Just out of curiosity, how many times have you been interviewed?
I think I’ve done close to 20 interviews in total! I really love being interviewed because every interviewer has these amazing questions and they’re always so different from the last! I feel like it’s a fantastic way for cosplay fans to get a glimpse into the cosplay lifestyle! I try to take every interviewing opportunity that’s presented to me because if I can help inspire at least one person who reads it then I’ve done my job!
You were one of the cosplayers that I hoped would be a part of this series the most. For the last month or so, your cosplays have appeared in so many of my circles. Does it feel like overnight success to you, or have you had such a large following for a while?
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have felt successful with cosplaying since day 1! I will say that my actual cosplay industry relationships have really blossomed in the last six months. I’ve been able to become friends with so many talented cosplayers and because we all share each other’s photos, as well as sort of hype each other up; it really increases the amount of reach within our community! There are so many amazing women and men in this cosplay community and their willingness to promote each other is absolutely amazing!
I actually like to read up on cosplayers I admire. You are one of those cosplayers that really doesn’t have too much background up. Do you consider yourself a private individual?
I absolutely do consider myself to be more private than some of the other cosplayers in our community! I’m so glad you asked this because I always hope that fans and cosplay enthusiasts don’t think I’m trying to be secretive or cold towards them. It’s extremely rare that you would see information out on who I’m currently dating, my career I’m passionate about, or anything else on that “real life” personal level. For me, cosplaying is such a fantasy, it’s truly one of the only times you can become a different person! When real life gets brought into the equation it can kind of “muddy the waters,” so to speak. I prefer that my personal life doesn’t interfere with that fantasy that I get to live out. If someone asks me a question directly about my life, I’m more than happy to answer! I just don’t go out of my way to advertise that on my pages. Sometimes life isn’t pretty, and I want my page to continue to be a happy, safe place for all who visit it!
I’m going to go out on a limb: Did you want a career in fitness or sports? Do you have one?
Fitness and sports have always been such a huge part of my life. I was a semi-professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter until I graduated college and started the career that I actually went to school for! Now that I’m working full time in Business Marketing, I no longer compete in MMA. I do work out 5 days a week on a weight lifting plan to increase my muscle mass! I LOVE strong looking women! I think it’s extremely unique and attractive to have a body type that you just don’t see very often in the real world, so that is what I’m currently striving towards! While I still miss competing, I stay up to date on MMA news to at least keep me in the loop!
Other than giving such a great a beautiful body, do you find that fitness helps you as a cosplayer? If so, how?
I absolutely do believe fitness helps me as a cosplayer. Fitness is such a huge de-stresser! It also increases my confidence not just in the way that I look, but in every day situations as well! If I’m feeling frustrated with a cosplay I can always look to fitness as a type of motivation: “Well I lifted 170lbs today, I can do this too!!!” It also helps my time management skills while I work on cosplays because I know that Monday-Friday at a certain time, I have to be at the gym, and by scheduling it appropriately everything gets done on time! Overall fitness has done nothing but better myself as a cosplayer and as a person as well!
How did you get into cosplay? Do any of your friends or family cosplay? What do they think of it?
I actually started cosplaying because a girl who I graduated high school with was looking for other women to cosplay with her! I was always such a huge costuming fan in general, and I was using Halloween as my outlet because I didn’t know that cosplaying existed! After I cosplayed one time, I knew that it was going to become my new hobby. Everything about cosplaying is so fun to me! I love being able to express my inner nerd by becoming my own hero! I have tons of friends who I’ve met in this community who cosplay, and I even got my mom to dress up one time (She killed it!) at a convention we went to! I’m extremely fortunate to have my family support my hobby and root me on no matter what I wear! They’re just excited that I’m having a great time doing it. I feel blessed to have their support because I know a lot of other cosplayers families don’t understand cosplay and they don’t support hobby at all. My mom @cos_mom on Instagram is a huge community supporter. If any cosplayers are struggling at a convention, she is there to lift them back up! She rocks! My dad also helps me build some of my larger props that I cosplay with. I’m a lucky girl for sure!
Do you like to meet and cosplay with people, or are you more of a solo artist?
I would say that I definitely do a healthy mix of both! I have an absolutely amazing cosplay group of 11 women who I cosplay with a few times a year! The rest of the times I cosplay solo, but I still see them at conventions and interact with them online on a daily basis! We call it our Cosfam, (Cosplay Family) and we support each other and offer advice for builds, sewing, wig making or anything else they may need! We’ve all become good friends through cosplaying, and we encourage and support each other’s goals in this industry!
Between fitness, martial arts, work, and cosplay, do you get any time to breathe and relax? How do you find the time? What do you do in those times between times?
That is a fantastic question! It seems like my life can go a million miles a minute for sure *especially when convention season is in full swing*! I don’t get a whole lot of time to just sit and relax. However, on the rare nights I find myself with an hour to spare I watch anime or I read! I absolutely love anime! I have so many series that I still want to see but it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day! If I’m not feeling like watching anything, I’ll grab a book and get into it. Currently I’m reading “How to Be a Modern Day Viking.” I love books about self-help, confidence, and ways to reach your goals!
Would you say you have an obsession with strange and high heels? (How do you not fall and break your ankles with those things!!?)
I absolutely think the shoes make the outfit! I love seeing peoples faces when they see my shoes at a convention and gasp “How can you wear those things?!?!” “How tall are you??” “How do you walk??” Walking in really high heels takes a lot of patience and practice, but once you’ve got it it’s just like riding a bike! I think that my heels make me stand out at conventions and they’re fantastic conversation pieces. My newest cosplay, Midnight from My Hero Academia, has some of the biggest heels I’ve ever worn! I’ll be debuting her Jan 5th at Sacanime!
Do you see yourself making a living out of cosplay as a brand one day, or is this a hobby for you?
I would love to be able to make cosplay a part time job in the sense that it can supplement some of my income! I work extremely hard to make my cosplays the best they can be. 2019 is going to be a real hustle year for me as I transition from hobby to part time professional cosplayer! I think that I offer a lot more than just cosplay because of my fitness background, so I look forward to being able to incorporate that as well!
You cosplay a wide variety of characters from all kinds of media. Do you actually enjoy fandoms in all of those media, or do you fall in love with characters?
It’s definitely a mix of both! There are certain characters I cosplay because I am absolutely in love with that character, and then there are characters I cosplay because I love their outfit design! I think at the end of the day it comes down to what really inspires me. If I feel inspired by a design, there’s nothing that’s going to keep me from cosplaying it, no matter what fandom it’s from! As a cosplayer, I always seem to gravitate towards the strong female characters, and even the occasional chivalrous male character! I think it’s about finding the characters that really speak to you, and just running with it!
I was definitely a Play Station girl!!!! My older brother played video games when we were kids so 99% of the time I didn’t even get to play. I just got to watch him play his favorite games! It was okay with me though, because he was really passionate about video games, so getting to watch him play was an experience in itself! He is really the big reason I’m the nerd I am today haha!
I’ve wondered about this, but for some reason, you seem like the one to ask: When it comes to admirers and people that leave you comments, how often do you find yourself responding? What are reasons that you don’t respond?
This is an absolutely fantastic question! I get a LOT of messages, comments, and interaction on my pages. I am so extremely thankful for the amount of engagement my page receives! I try to respond to comments that feel inspired by the photo! The same goes for messages, if someone messages me “Hi”, sorry to say I don’t respond. I get about 30-50 new messages in a single day, so those messages get overlooked as opposed to messages that start out with “Hi Vee my name is so and so, and here’s what I’d like to talk about!” That gives me a lot more to work with in the message and I’m more than happy to respond to those! As for comments, if people leave a general compliment, I’ll like the comment, but to reply I really only reply comments that are very kind, unique, or outgoing! I hope that the way I’m responding to this question makes sense, because I read every single comment and every message as well! I only get to reply to a select amount in a day though, so if you want a reply, just write something genuine!
You are one of many cosplayers that has sexy cosplay. Do you find it thrilling to do be in sexy cosplay? Do you ever cosplay sexy at cons?
I absolutely love sexy cosplay. I work really hard on my body and my shape, so I love to show it off! I also want to inspire other women to wear whatever they want without feeling self-conscious about it. The body is SUCH a beautiful thing, and if my ridiculous costume can inspire even one woman to wear that short skirt in the back of her closet that she thinks is cute, but is worried about what other people will think, I’ve accomplished my goal! I always wear my sexier cosplays to conventions. I personally don’t have any issues with people trying to be inappropriate towards me while in sexy cosplay. Is it because I’m an MMA fighter? Is it because I’m over 6 feet tall in heels? Maybe! I like to think that the confidence I exude while in cosplay deters anyone from getting wandering hands, (not to say that people haven’t tried and been publicly humiliated by their own idiotic actions), but for the most part I’ve had no issues wearing sexy cosplay to cons. I also absolutely love seeing other women wear sexy cosplay because it shows that as a community we can step out, represent the characters accurately, and inspire some body confidence along the way!
Mark your calendars everyone: February 1, 2019 I will be launching my Patreon in full force! I have wanted to start monetizing cosplay for a while, but I feel like I’m in the right mindset now to go out and really kill it! The Patreon debut will showcase three brand new sets for the month of February which will include, Holiday, New Years, and Valentine’s Day themes! I’m also only going to have 3 tiers: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. We are going to make Patreon short, sweet, and to the point by showcasing what I think my fans want to see. You can expect tons of exclusive content, digital files, and fitness videos heading your way come 2019. I’m looking forward to really stepping up and slaying this new platform and I hope it’s received well because I’m going 150% full speed ahead!
I really do appreciate you taking the time to be a part of this Up and Coming Cosplayers series. Do you have anything to say to your followers and our readers before we end the interview?
First of all, thanks so much for having me! I feel honored every time I’m able to give a little insight into our cosplaying world! Second, I want to let everyone reading this know, if you want to cosplay, get out there and be the best cosplayer that you can be! I know so many people who are interested in cosplaying, but may be a little too shy to give it a go, (but) take the step, and I promise you will be happy that you did! I root for every single cosplayer I see, so if you’re at a convention and you’re feeling a little down, come find me and let me get you pumped up!!! I absolutely love supporting other cosplayers, and I hope that I can be a fresh and positive influence in our community!
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She is the First Lady of our Up and Coming Cosplayers series! She is a cosplayer with great work ethic and humble attitude. She achieves to be the best cosplayer that she can be while maintaing friendliness and humility. While towering over the average man, and fit enough to pull the ears off an ox, she is extremely social and wants to meet you! In short, she is what she aspires to be: a great role model and public figure. Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, it is our pleasure and privilege to introduce to you AlliZ Cosplay!
The very first thing I noticed about your Facebook page was that you made it a point to say that your cosplays are not perfect, but they are handmade to suit you and your tastes. I think that might be one of the most humble, yet inspiring things I’ve heard a cosplayer say in a long time!
Thank you. I know I have a lot to learn. Currently, I have capitalized on the skills and resources I have to create my cosplays. I would love to tackle a full armored Skyrim character, but I know I am currently not equipped with the right skills and resources. I think my growth will take some time, but I’m excited to try new things and see what I’m capable of.
Would you say that you are just someone that works out to stay in shape, or are you one of the cosplayers that lives that fit life?
‘A little bit of both. I would love to say I’m a #FitLife cosplayer, but I’m kind of bad at always staying fit, mostly because I like eating. However, if you ask me about my life, it pretty much all revolves around getting faster, better, (and) stronger because I swam competitively from a toddler through college in division I sports, and even after college in Masters Swimming. Just by being an athlete, I’ve developed the motivation to get to the gym every day (sometimes twice a day), but right now I’m not necessarily doing the crazy fit workouts you see on the internet. I’m doing what I need to do to keep myself at a place I’m satisfied with, which is still hard.
I know that your father helps you with your props, sometimes. Did he help you with your wings? (What cosplay was that, by the way?)
My father did not help with the wings, but once he saw them he did get a little jealous he wasn’t involved, and now wants design bigger (and) better ones. Before I get into the cosplay I really do want to give a lot of credit to my dad, because he owns his own business manufacturing in a very difficult industry to work in. I’m lucky he takes extra time to help me with these props, and helps provide me with resources and equipment to make cool stuff.
As for the wings, I sought out the help of two friends I swam with in college, (we’ll call them John and Sam) with who(m) graduated with Engineering degrees. I bought them lunch, and we sat down in a Starbucks and talked about logistics. “Is it possible for the arms to support the weight of the fabric? Will I be strong enough to pull it? How much work and money would it take to make it mechanical?” We drew out the wings according to the character, and we discussed what we wanted the sizing and arm-span to be like. After that we took a trip directly to Home Depot, bought everything we would need, and started the wings that day. John had access to more machinery and power tools than I had because of his job, so took over welding aluminum and cutting. We both worked together to mount everything to my back plate. The fabric and insides of the wings, I did all by myself. I also mounted an additional locking system to the backplate to keep the wings open since I was using a pulley system.
The character with the wings is Mirajane Satan Soul from the anime Fairy Tail. I changed the design slightly, but it’s mostly true to the character.
I know you probably get asked this a lot, and you might break me in half for it, but do you mind telling us how tall you are?
I’m 6’1.” I used to hate being tall, but it’s only helped me in cosplay. I wish you could see little kids when I’m wearing my wings. Their head drops straight back and their mouths fall open. It’s funny.
Where do you find most of your cosplay inspiration comes from?
‘Mostly Anime. I only make characters I like or can relate to, so it would be unlikely I’m doing a character outside my fandom. Sometimes If I’m in a bind about creating something that seems unrealistic, I’ll look at fan art for inspiration on spinning the look.
Do you think you might ever want to try a big construct sometime? That would probably make a great father/daughter project.
Before my cosplays were limited because I was making them out of my small bedroom in Queens. I had roommates, so I didn’t want to destroy the rest of the apartment. Now I have my own place, and a workshop where I can be as loud and messy as I want. I’m starting to buy more power tools, so I’m slowly becoming more equipped to start a big build. I would love for my dad to help me, but he lives 700 miles away, so he is more so consulting me at this point.
Is this a scale I should know about?? Hahah. I will say this: I’ve never been to a con after-party. I find my cosplays physically exhausting to wear, and I think if I were to try and party afterword’s it would be dangerous for me. I do work myself really hard on cons, and I have left cons unable to stand on my feet. So that being said, AT the con, I go in.
Are there any cosplayers you kind of look up to?
I look up to Labinnak & Mangoloo Cosplays. They were the first big cosplayers I found that in my eyes had “made-it” by just being themselves, and I have a ton of respect for that. (They)…inspired me to just focus on what I can make, and (to) be myself and make new friends.
I look up to Cowbutt Crunchies from a crafting perspective. Those two have a level of detail that is almost unfathomable, and I’m blown away by everything they make. I aspire to make something of that caliber one day.
Finally, I look up to Ivy Doomkitty. I think she is one of the best inspirations out there for cosplay and body positivity. I saw an interview she did where she talked about how she used to be shy and cosplay helped her come out of her shell and be herself. I also watched her crafting process which made me instantly love and respect her. I had the pleasure of meeting her at NYCC and she was super friendly and chill. (She) asked us to come back each day so she could see our next costumes. She is an example of someone I can relate to; who worked hard to create characters she could see herself in, and became successful doing it. I would love to be like her one day.
Yes! It’s important to me to be a cosplayer my followers can look to and not be afraid of. I want people to feel comfortable with coming up to me at cons and saying hi. I’m extremely tall, so I’ve had people tell me they were too intimidated to come over and say hi, but I promise I’m very welcoming!
I also hope that I can be an attainable role model. There is so much perfection in the cosplay world, that I think it can shut people down as far as cosplay goals go. I sometimes get overwhelmed by it too. I think if you try your best to make what you want, you’ll like it more and other people will too.