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05 Apr 2010 - 22:3129311
ty everyone for your comments....... has made me feel better about cosplaying in general lol.........

Oh i am ninja, he is ninja, we are ninja to.
06 Apr 2010 - 08:5229318
Its not a problem. I have problems with my weight and cosplaying. But I mean I am going to be doing Seth Nightroad from Trinity blood at some point and she wears a dress thats really...short but I'm using it to my advantage. You dont have to do the costume to exact.

If you dont feel like you want to show you legs or whatever then just modify it, I do it for all my costumes.

06 Apr 2010 - 16:3929336
cosplay is about fun and being a character, dressing up and meet people with the same interests. You should not limit yourself by size and as you said 16/18 is not huge anyway - I am that and play whoever I want (mostly Draco though). Just go with the flow and chose a costume (and wig, if needed) you feel comfortable in and off you go. There will always be someone saying something negative just to make themselves feel better. Just don't listen to them, and have fun

06 Apr 2010 - 21:3829349
It's the same as being any size, pick your best feature and emphasize it. Not particularly keen on your arms, tummy etc. - cleverly disguise or hide them. Got a great rack or pair of legs, pick a costume that is going to show them off a bit.

I find a lot of these good rules for being a larger cosplayer:

- Elongate your neck by chosing necklines like a scoop or v-neck.

- If you have a bit of a belly don't pick something that's going to draw attention to that area. Empire waistlines or high waisted skirts will work well. Also avoid using shiny fabric around your problem areas.

- Getting a bit of a tan on your body will hide more of your cellulite. Also exfoliate these areas to help improve them.

- Corsets, tummy shapers, belts and control tights will help smooth out lumps and bumps and help give you some definition to your shape, especially if you are a younger girl, who is still tackling the puppy fat stage.

- Heels make your legs appear longer and thinner.

- Contour your makeup - blend a slightly darker foundation under your cheekbone area and under your jaw to give you a more defined shape. Highlight the tops of your cheekbones and the length of your nose.

- If your character wears tights and all the ones you buy cut into your thighs, buy some stretchy fabric and make your own custom made ones.

- Learn to work it! Pose, pose, pose. You can make yourself appear slimmer by angling your body for photos, sucking it in a little, lift your chin, straightening your back, putting one foot in front of the other and bending the knee a little to increase the muscle definition, arms raised instead of flat against your sides to make them appear thinner etc.

The one thing that I would tell a big cosplayer to avoid is covering yourself entirely up all the time. It's one thing to try to draw attention away from your podgy belly by wearing a floaty gown, it's another to constantly cosplay at big, unattractive or mascot characters. Sometimes you've got to feel sexy or cute!

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