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20 Apr 2009 - 07:4913050
What do you think about weight and cosplay
I was wondering if people think that only thin and reasnably thin people can cosplay the thin characters? Becuase im always being told I cant be them or this becuase im too fat.

Are they right? am i just to fat to be riku and everyone else/

20 Apr 2009 - 09:1213055
LOL are you kidding ^.^ im cosplay Vash the stampede upcoming for fuyu09 and he is thinner than riku, now im 14 stone...you get the picture

I whole heartedly beleive that any size/shape can cosplay whoever they want no one is perfect for cosplays those people who take the thing size and shape apropriate tend not to be nice people, stick with the majority and be curvy riku I would totaly prefare to see that ^^

20 Apr 2009 - 09:5713057
i personaly dont think it matters at all.... im not the smallest girl in the world but i will still cosplay thin ppl.
im cosplaying deunan from appleseed for expo in may in shes realy skinny.
if others dont like it its there problem.. so long as your enjoying cosplaying.

Oh i am ninja, he is ninja, we are ninja to.
20 Apr 2009 - 10:5113062
i don't think it really matters. as long as people take into account their curves and make the costume accordingly, anyone can cosplay anyone of any size.

it shouldn't matter what people think.

i've alwyas been told that "the people who matter don't care and the people who care don't matter"

who cares what people think? as long as you have fun why should it matter what other people think?

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20 Apr 2009 - 11:3213064
well said to all ^.^

20 Apr 2009 - 20:2113100
It can go the other way also though. I'm a stick, if I wanted to cosplay an overweight character I would look a bit daft. Even if I attempted padding my skinny face ect would give it away lol

20 Apr 2009 - 20:2913101
agreed, you should cosplay whatever you want! If people are that petty then you have to wonder what kind of empty life they live. Saying that, doing a cosplay that suits your face/body really stands out and will always look good. Sometimes there are people who just do a revealing cosplay and it makes them look bad so consider your dignity when cosplaying (more easily said than done lol). Most characters bodies reflect their lifestyle, i.e solid snake is buff coz he survives on kenyan mangrove crabs n bugs and works out constantly. Its a tough call here because cosplay is about having fun and not being competitive idiots or causing drama, but for authenticity, personally, i would want my figure to be accurate as much as possible. Aaaagh so many different points going around my brainium!

20 Apr 2009 - 21:3913109
Hmmm... I think, just like in 'real' life... That it's more about your inner attitude than the clothes themselves!

Confident people can generally pull off anything, and they look the best too, because they're simply having fun!

Believe in yourself, have faith in your beauty and your skills!


20 Apr 2009 - 22:1113110
Seriously never listen to either norms or /cgl/ regarding weight and cosplay. If you really want to do a character then you should do it. Just be confident and make sure the outfit fits you right.

20 Apr 2009 - 22:2413111
Personally I'm a large guy and i find that you should do what suits you. I myself feel that if you feel comfortable in the clothes wear them. I myself will look for charachters that suit my size but I dont just cosplay "fat" charachters as many call them. I find the effectiveness of a fairly similar size to your cosplay to be a great benefit but not essential. it is only when i see someone that weighs like 20 stone cosplaying gaara for example to that it looks odd. though i do aplaud their courage.

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20 Apr 2009 - 22:2613112
Can't of been very nice people to say that you "Can't" do a cosplay, no-one should say that.
Anyway I'm of the impression that you should do what you want, when you want and who you want. That's what cosplays about anyway.

But saying this, I personally (being small and thin) wouldn't choose a character tall or chubby, but that's personal choice, I'd feel a bit silly.

Cosplay is about fun though, and when you start having to worry about things like this it takes away half the enjoyment of cosplaying. SO, just do what you want!

21 Apr 2009 - 03:0213117
I think that weight/size/sex/height/colour/other shouldn't matter when you cosplay. Its meant to be fun afterall. If you want to cosplay a certain character then go for it. I made the mistake of listerning to critique reguarding my height and it did take the fun out a little bit. I now ignore that and cosplay who I want. As long as you have a good time thats all that matters.

I'm actually quite heavy (12stone) for alot of anime female characters but it didn't stop me from cosplaying as Cassidy. I persoanly perfer male characters but thats down to person choice rather than size.

21 Apr 2009 - 16:4713152
My opinion to this is the same as me opinion of race and cosplay and height and cosplay.

Basically, it's great if you are the right size, shape, skin colour etc for a character but it doesn't matter if you aren't. I know plenty of people that have lost weight for cosplay and they are healthier for it and feel better because they thought they were fat before (I thought contrary, but hey ho), BUT they didn't HAVE to lose that weight. Similarly people bulk up for cosplay and work out at the gym to get some muscles and it looks great but I wouldn't worry if they didn't.

Just enjoy the cosplay, don't spend every five minutes worrying about what people think of you in it. You make and wear the costume for yourself, so if you like the costume and the character than do it and be happy ^_____^

xx Tetra xx
21 Apr 2009 - 16:4813153
I don't mind fat cosplays or anything like that personally, It's not your body shape it's the costume that counts.... but given that, A heavy guy doing a heavy costume makes it look slightly better IMO

22 Apr 2009 - 12:1613192
Pretty much what everyone else has said - it's a hobby, and if you enjoy it, nothing should stop you from taking part.

The only thing I will add is that if you're concerned about people's reactions, it's best to cosplay suitable to your body type. I don't mean that only thin people should cosplay thin characters etc., but that if there's a part of your body you're not confident about, you'll be happier if your cosplay doesn't expose or accentuate that part, and be aware that different styles of clothing suit different people. For example, I can only pull off strapless styles if I want to look hugely Amazonian and scary, because I have broad shoulders and HUGE biceps.

I also suggest trying to tailor a costume to yourself as much as possible - it can really change the way things look and how flattering they are!

22 Apr 2009 - 14:2413197
Yeah ^^ In addition to what I said above really, I think if you want to make a costume of someone who doesn't have your body type just make sure you make the costume right in proportion to yourself and make sure it fits properly. I've seen slightly overweight people make really awesome costumes but they've made it too small so it ruins the overall effect because there are bulges in untowards places where they could have been hidden if the costume had fitted them better ^^ Similarly, very thin people should make sure their costume fits properly and doesn't hang off them. It's all about getting the costume to fit right ^^

xx Tetra xx
22 Apr 2009 - 22:4113222
As long as the person is comfortable in it, I see no problem. People are too hung up on other people's weight and at the end of the day its non of their business who another person cosplays.

Lets face it, no one has the same body type as alot of these anime and game characters. Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic is a good example. Shes got legs up to her arm pits. Or those characters with a huuuge bust but look like a size UK 4 dress size.
Its just not realistic, and to go up to someone and go "You don't have a double F chest and you're not a stick insect, therefore you can't/shouldn't cosplay that character and you offend my delicate sensibilities!!."just makes the commenter seem like an offensive moron.

I think that when it comes to cosplay, to those who are really really bothered about other people's weight and body type to the point where they confront people about it and tell them they can't cosplay a character, that no one will ever be perfect body wise for them. I mean, put it this way, I've lost over a stone in weight over the last few months, taking me down to 123lbs at 5'7 and I'm STILL classed as being too large to cosplay people like Rinoa or Gunner Yuna according to weight elitists at cons and on forums. You just cannot win, and so the best approach is to say 'Balls to it, I'll cosplay whoever I want' and go for it, and have a damn good time with your mates.


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Last edited by Member-XI (22 Apr 2009 - 22:48)
23 Apr 2009 - 09:2613228
yea ^.^ its all about preference i mean for me there are some cosplays I actually prefare bigger people to do i mean ive seen curvy Seras victorias/lusts/matsumotos and tbh i prefare them ^.^

*personal preference only of course*

23 Apr 2009 - 12:0213240
Bloody hell Member-XI, people actually think you're large at 123lbs!? That's insane!
I'm 140lbs and consider that to be pretty damn slim - I get away with characters like Kaede from killer7 forgodssakes!
I think some people do forget that there's a vast difference between what you can draw, and what exists in reality. Personally I just make sure I'm realistic and comfortable in whatever I cosplay, if it's not good enough for the elite then it really doesn't matter much to me XD

23 Apr 2009 - 12:4513254
I don't think I've ever seen such a mature conversation about this sort of issue on a board before and I think its really nice. I've been in discussions about this sort of thing before and most people reply with comments like "If you're above X weight then you shouldn't cosplay AT ALL."

Hurrah for uk cosplay boards! XD

Its pretty lame isn't it Millenia? People shouldn't have to be bags of bones to cosplay characters. I mean, since when was the skeleton classed as the ideal figure? People are meant to have flesh, otherwise we wouldn't have it on us to begin with. XD

I think you should cosplay as whoever you like Riku206. If people give you jip about it, which I don't think they will, just rest safe in the knowledge that just because you aren't a bag of bones doesn't mean you can't do a kick ass cosplay. And then proceed to point at them and laugh loudly.


http://youtu.be/SYhgRqJeuEo - Convention Etiquette
29 Dec 2010 - 10:4047224
"Lets face it, no one has the same body type as alot of these anime and game characters. Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic is a good example. Shes got legs up to her arm pits. Or those characters with a huuuge bust but look like a size UK 4 dress size.
Its just not realistic, and to go up to someone and go "You don't have a double F chest and you're not a stick insect, therefore you can't/shouldn't cosplay that character and you offend my delicate sensibilities!!."just makes the commenter seem like an offensive moron."

True, very true. If they don't like what they see, then why on earth are they staring so much? it shouldn't be your (as in, the cosplayers) problem if someone is offended. They are the one with the problem because they are finding something really daft offensive. We are cosplayers, its a hobby not a career and we are not professional models (Did that when i was younger, as soon as i started getting 'lady bits' i was told to stop eating. Yeah).

Take myself for example. I'm a UK size 8-10, but i have tiny boobs. alot of my cosplays rely on padding, padding and more padding! So there are always ways of getting around things. Corsets do wonders as well, as well as support pants

Last edited by Chii-ren (29 Dec 2010 - 10:48)
29 Dec 2010 - 12:3647227
I couldn't agree more with what everyone is saying here.

The way I see it, you CAN cosplay anyone you wish to cosplay, as long as you make it to your body shape and you're COMFORTABLE in it (so basically don't make a costume so accurate that you feel self conscious kinda thing- if you dont want your ass showing but you still want a mini skirt- add about an inch for example to the length for example- it wont notice to the naked eye to most people just walking past AND you'll feel great at the same time!)

I don't exactly have a very toned body and my abs are pretty much non existant (in my opinion!) but I'm still planning on cosplay characters like Rikku X-2 and Tifa (game version!) I've lost weight now (nearly 2 stone) since I started cosplaying and feel alot happier with my body shape, so no matter what someone may or may not say about my costumes/weight I dont care.

So yeah.. what I'm saying is: If you're happy and comfortable in your costume and about your weight- then screw everyone else!


29 Dec 2010 - 15:5447240
Personally, so long as the costume is good and the heart is there, the actual apperance of the cosplayer does not matter!
Cosplaying is not about picking a character you look like and putting on clothes similar to theirs, it's all about picking characters/costumes you like and re-creating them/wearing them with as much enthusiasm as possible.

Personally I’m slightly below average build and slightly above average height, but I do not choose my costumes around my personal build or appearance, and I don’t think other people should feel restrained by the costume either.

29 Dec 2010 - 16:0847243
I think it's horrid that people saying that. I've heard people at expo say stuff like that but about people with disabilities. Who made them boss of cosplay? Frankly, it doesn't matter who you cosplay as as long as you're happy and confident enough.

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29 Dec 2010 - 16:2047250
like what everyones said really.

its about having fun, if you focus on weight it can turn into something not to healthy.

Everyone thinks "my body isnt right" but thats who we are, we see ourselves day in day out however we dont notice our good parts.

cosplay to me is about celebrating a common interest with others, making the costume asking for advice and being someone else for the day. so we should celebrate that everyone is different every costume is unique, we arnt 2D images created by a number of people

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