(Originally Published May 8, 2019)
This month’s starting Up and Coming Cosplayer’s career reminds me of certain aspects of Jessica Nigri’s cosplay career. Both started as very young ladies that were undeniably beautiful, but matured into their sexuality as their costuming skills blossomed as well. And just like Jessica Nigri, she is not afraid to capitalise on her intense beauty and sexuality…but still brings the cosplay A game.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Zazie Cosplay.
Like all Black folk in this country, we are all racially mixed because of our unfortunate history, but you have a relatively exotic look to you. Would you mind if I asked about your ancestry?
Is it true that you had yet another alter-ego, Maid Kyo? What is it like working in a Maid Cafe? How many have you worked in? ‘Still do it?
“Hello! Super Moe Maid Kyo here at your service! I really enjoy working at a Maid Cafe. I’ve worked in maid cafes for about 6 years now, and still going strong. I definitely wouldn’t be doing it for so long if I didn’t enjoy what I’m doing. I’m currently working at Blerdcon’s Maid Cafe, Luna Cafe!”
You seem more like an anime freak than a gamer to me. What are your top three anime right now?
I like to think I have great intuition. I use it to ask questions that seem weird at first, but they usually pay off. Do you like strange food combinations?
Well this is something I used to order at my old job: Loaded tots topped with cheese wiz and bacon. With the Loaded tots I would add gravy and caramel to it, caramel being the strange part.
Yes, ‘guilty. That being because I’m a huge fan of Pokémon games and shows growing up. I just got a Nintendo Switch, just so I can play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! I do my best to do Pokémon gijinka cosplays in my annual cosplans.
Looking back at older pictures of you, at first I thought that you might have started modeling, but got bitten by the cosplay bug. Now I’m beginning to think you were a cosplayer that started to like modeling. Can you set the record straight?
‘Cosplayer first and foremost, but I do do some fashion shoots from time to time.
Looking back at your 2015 pictures and earlier, you did a lot of ambitious cosplays. Lately your cosplays are not quite as complicated, and sexier. Why the change?
I don’t know if I would say not say “complicated.” I feel like throughout my time of cosplaying over the years, I’ve evolved and learned new things. ‘Not just about cosplay, but about myself as well. When I just started out, I pretty much had to hot glue everything together. I didn’t have a sewing machine, which meant hours of hand sewing. A lot of my older stuff back then was a mess, and barely lasted a day of wear. I am doing a lot more of sewing projects than armor builds, yes, but I do find sewing a lot more difficult. Even with a sewing machine it’s hard when you’re a noob. A simple project used to take me weeks, which is why I want to expand and improve my sewing skills.
So what happened in late 2014? You went from this pretty sort of baby-faced cosplayer into a minx of a young modeling lady.
I don’t think anything big or crazy happened in 2014. I feel like as I grow as a person, so do my cosplay skills.
Do you have any favourite photographers you like to work with?
It seems that most of the sexier cosplayer models are not really homegrown convention girls. I get the feeling that that could not be further than the truth for you. What are some of your favourite cons to hit up?
Have you ever been star struck at a convention? If so, who was it?
Have you ever met anyone at a convention and was disappointed?
No, not really.’
Which cons have you gone to have the best after hours parties?
‘Any parting words for your fans and ours?
Hi everyone! I would just like to say thank you so much for your support of my work, so far. I hope to continue on creating more cosplays for the future. Thank you again! ~Love Zazie