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13 Jan 2009 - 12:419681
Im a size 18, but I've never really thought of my size as an issue while i'm cosplaying... as opposed to regular times when im quite the paranoid one :3 I guess i try to take advantage of my chest, but my large bum does make me feel kinda sad that I can't wear short skirts or sort of skin tight outfits... (Yet I still do? Peculiar!)


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13 Jan 2009 - 13:159683
Quote Sillabub:

In fact, here's a study for you (sadly I lack citations, but you'll get the idea from them anyway): a group of psychologists showed several photos of women, all of different body shapes, to an assortment of American men and asking them to judge which ones were most attractive. Predictably enough, they ranked the skinny-to-slender women the most attractive. The psychologists then showed the same photos to some Amazonian tribesmen and asked them the same question. Their responses were completely the opposite - they preferred the plumper girls with broad hips and shoulders. The interesting bit was that the psychologists asked the tribesmen why they didn't rate the slimmer women that highly. The tribesmen said that they thought the slim women looked very ill, probably had severe diarrhoea and were on the verge of death!

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I don't need a study to know that , since I come from on country that holds great part of the Amazonas and can see the point there.

Anyway! I have little to add to all what has already been said here. I think that many people act like me when it comes to bodyshapes. I'm far more critic with myself that with others. But if you like one character and want to cosplay it, you shouldn't let some **** hold you back. People like that will always be around, but the majority (I hope) will appreciate the effort you put into the costume. People saying "your boobs are not big enough" or something similar deserve a slap, as someone previously said >_<. People come in different size and forms . Like chocolates, mmm chocolate

On a personal side. I think this thread have helped me to decide to go for one custom where the guy looks like he goes to the gym 5 hours a day. I obviusly don't. Not sure still if I should add some fake muscles beneath the cloth. (This is not a call for help, so I don't post reference pics .)

@SethNoir: you do an amazing Belldandy! (sorry, it's one of my favorites chars )


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13 Jan 2009 - 13:349684
Quote angel aiko:


but tbh go for characters you feel confident in! I felt at october expo so uncomfortable in my torn up nel costume and felt hugely that my photos didnt take well because I had not as much confidence. Yet I am a size 8 with childlike wists, which you may think should bring confidence but it doesn't.


I saw you in the Masquerade and thought it looked great and my friend was being a bit of a perv when he saw it hehe

Edit: Forgot to add


after reading some of these posts (as I'm also a bit chunky and small) this has given me the confidence to do my Dietrich cosplay as I had changed my mind cause my friend said to me I aint got the body or something for it. But after reading this and I feel like why should I care I never usually do,

so thanks all =)


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13 Jan 2009 - 14:479688
Confidence is a funny thing, even the skinniest girl can still feel self conscious!

Im annoyed by me, my face is too feminine to pull off a good boy, but I have no boobs, so most girl characters dont work either D: Booo.


13 Jan 2009 - 18:279694
The kind of people that say hurtful things like that are usually not having fun themselves (often on the outside looking in).

Cosplay is less about being perfect lookalikes and more about enjoying costumes with your friends, imo.

Sure we want to make the costumes as accurate as we can. Our body shape may limit how close we can lookalike. But if we take that into account and simply enjoy the cosplay then we are on to a winner.

One thing's for certain..you are surrounded by friends here who will not say hurtfull things.
So I think if you want to do a cosplay and you feel comfortable in it amongst friends then I say you should go for it.

I for one will be cheering you on when you appear in your shorts at the Expo.
^_^


13 Jan 2009 - 19:279697
As a guy I guess I haven't had the same thoughts about body but I've had something like them.

I look younger than I am. My 23rd birthday is next month and most people would peg me at being about 17 sometimes. I get asked for ID just sitting in a bar *coughNAMCOcough*. Of course some people might be suspicious because I don't drink. Anyway, the oldest character I've done is about 19 (I think. SNK uberfans: how old was Rock in Mark of the Wolves?) I have thought I might not be good enough to do an older character. It's like my face would ruin it.

Also, I'm quite slim but I don't really have toned abs. I don't think I could do a character that wears tighter clothing or shows his stomach.

With a costume like my Ice Climber one you tend to think you might be too tall for it. Of course with a costume like that anyone over the age 12 would be too tall.

Still, I'll try to go on. I don't look at 4chan and the likes Eurogamer can bite my cold Climber ass.


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13 Jan 2009 - 22:219707
im tall and slim for my height but i have a silly paranoia about my strange round belly podge that makes me wary when going for middle-less outfits (or makes me breathe in constantly!) (also lack of breasticles), but its a minor thing and id never let it dictate who i did and didnt cosplay. cosplay is for fun it isnt about a 'whos hot or not' parade!

all different types of people look good in different types of costumes and if people are paranoid should go for a costume that will look good on them =)

plus most people just suit the shape they are anyway ^_^


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14 Jan 2009 - 09:159710
Quote .neverbell:
im tall and slim for my height but i have a silly paranoia about my strange round belly podge that makes me wary when going for middle-less outfits (or makes me breathe in constantly!) (also lack of breasticles), but its a minor thing and id never let it dictate who i did and didnt cosplay. cosplay is for fun it isnt about a 'whos hot or not' parade!

all different types of people look good in different types of costumes and if people are paranoid should go for a costume that will look good on them =)

plus most people just suit the shape they are anyway ^_^


Natalie I and people who see your belly F'ing love it ^.^ it made your Winry rockbell LOL but yeah fair point


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14 Jan 2009 - 10:529713
I have the same problem ¬_¬

I'm 6 foot 2, so if I join a group cosplay to make the characters the right size I usually stand behind them and bend my knees >_> (Apparently I have "bishie length legs" O_o - Quoted by a cosplayer XD)

That's probably why I tend to cosplay the evil ones, as they are usually tall and they lean over everyone XD

Yet, I DO have very long legs... But the rest of my torso is small in comparison... I can sit next to a tiny person and my head will be about level to them o_o

I say; Doesn't matter what size you are, as long as you know your limitations... SO GO FOR IT & COSPLAY! ^^


16 Jan 2009 - 20:019810
^___^
As long as you are having
fun,
to me size doesnt matter ^__^,
and I dont care what anyone else thinks

I've never worn a revealing outfit because
I dont have the confidence, but those who choose to no matter what size they are
I support them all the way!


16 Jan 2009 - 20:169812
I find its faces and not body type that restricts cosplay

in that way Women have far more range than guys i find quite often that women cosplay male characters far better than guys can because of face shape and facial features


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16 Jan 2009 - 21:269815
Quote MangaChild:
I find its faces and not body type that restricts cosplay

in that way Women have far more range than guys i find quite often that women cosplay male characters far better than guys can because of face shape and facial features


ROFLMAO MIKE SHUTUP DONT ADMIT IT TOO THE FEMANINE SPECIES LMAO


16 Jan 2009 - 22:189816
Quote MangaChild:
I find its faces and not body type that restricts cosplay


I feel the same way. With your body you can disguise it sometimes however it's much harder to change your facial feature unless you have ze make up skillz [which I do NOT have]. I have a very chubby baby face, it makes it extremely difficult for me to crossplay successfully. I have to find the right angle for my face all the time otherwise I look terrible lol!

I do worry about my own body size, but if I love the character/costume enough I'll just slap myself in the face and go for it [and possibly work harder in PE and dance to tone up...] God knows when I'll have the confidence to do Meroko or Kuja though ;-;!


16 Jan 2009 - 23:179819
I am also restricted by my face in a way.
Because it's very angular I often end up doing sinister looking characters. No idea how I'm going to pull off my planned goodies this year. XD


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16 Jan 2009 - 23:259820
That's an interesting one!

Matt our suit cosplayer (nightmare, yoshimitsu) really hates people seeing his face. Well, it's more that he gets nerves on stage if people can see his face, but if it's covered he really panics before hand. As alexander anderson at minami he nearly peed himself- luckily the masquerade entrance is right near the loos!

So when we make costumes we try to get things that will cover his face. So I guess that in exactly the same way larger people avoid skimpy costumes due to self conciousness, he avoids things where people see him.

I'd also like to add that he had a perfectly lovely face, just like many cosplayers have perfectly lovely figures- a lot of it is all in people's heads.

Tab


17 Jan 2009 - 00:009821
Hmm... I'm trying to lose a bit of weight/tone up my legs for my bunnygirl cosplay in may [for obvious reasons -_-] but to be honest I wouldn't knock people for cosplaying a character, whatever their body shape, as long as the costume is correct. It's really up to the individual.



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17 Jan 2009 - 00:019822
This was something myself and GunstarVixen were discussing the other night over Chinese.

And we pretty much came to the descision it doesn't matter what you look like. You should cosplay what you want.

If you want to do an outfit that shows your belly, but you're uncomfortable doing it, then you should still go ahead and cosplay it. No one is going to leap down your throat if you add an addtional panal to the shirt or jacket for your own piece of mind.

If you're uncomfortable in a cosplay it'll show in your body language and in photos. There is nothing wrong with making allowances on cosplays so you can still do a character you want to do, but be comfortable with it. And that way, if you work at loosing some weight or toning up, it gives you the oppertunity to cosplay that character again without the safety net.


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17 Jan 2009 - 01:139825
Quote Silver:
If you want to do an outfit that shows your belly, but you're uncomfortable doing it, then you should still go ahead and cosplay it. No one is going to leap down your throat if you add an addtional panal to the shirt or jacket for your own piece of mind.


Which is exactly why I'm adding an extra panel to the front of Wakka's costume from FFX ^_^ And I'm glad someone said they think it's ok for that small sacrifice in accuracy!


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17 Jan 2009 - 11:289830
yea i agree with silver, i mean im doing costumes like gotenks,black star, and simon were my legs, chest and arms are on show alot, at first i didnt wana do em because i had it in my mind i was "fat" because people used to take the piss outa me alot were in fact alli have is a bit of a belly i mean i found out im not EVEN overweight soi thougth what the hell ill do them 3 costumes offcourse im still cutting down on food and doing more exercise like weights to tone my arms, but im happy to cosplay them characters now without adding extra bits and bobs, cas i feel sorta confy, i know some people wil say OHH HES NOT SKINNY LIKE THAT CHARACTER hey ohwell, if they can do better , do it


18 Jan 2009 - 22:489861
See, reading through the posts here as well as the current Vongola Fitness Squad on coscom (dont ask XD), i've pretty much come to the conclusion that Cosplay = good for you

I know loads of people that have gotten in shape/went to the gym/started eating more healthily so they look good in their costumes

and who says sitting around all day watching cartoons and playing games is bad for you ^^

I also have that facial problem.....curse my young looks u_u


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18 Jan 2009 - 23:199864
Well, I find I have more fun cosplaying as guy characters, and in reality I have a very un-guyish figure!! I've got wide hips, a relatively small waist and then reasonably size boobs (Basically I'm sorta a cello figure-wise). I'm not happy with my shape, but that's just me personally, not for anything in particular, but anyway, it doesn't stop me cosplaying who I want to cosplay. I actually normally feel more awkward about my body height/shape when I'm cosplaying a girl, or just wandering about town normally!

For example, when I cosplayed Haruhi for May Expo, I spent most of the time worrying whether my thighs and wide hips were going to be really evident, and worrying about my tummy. I was fine when I got there though - no one seemed to say they thought my hips or thighs were too big, but its always the worry just before hand. Alas, I doubt I could bring myself to cosplay something like Princess Tutu or whatever, purely for the fact her hips are so evidently on show, and I just couldn't have the confidence to do that!

Sometimes I wish I would be a little bit more in shape - to sort out my thighs and hips, but that would require going to the gym, and I can't make myself go to the gym, I'm terrified of it, all those people watching and just the uncomfortable atmosphere. Had to go while I was in secondary school for a couple of terms and I already decided then NEVER AGAIN!

So I think I'll just stick with what I'm comfortable with. Its been working out so far.


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19 Jan 2009 - 01:039868
I am a size 14 girl and I have to say despite being self concious some of the time, I'm proud of having curves, 42" bust, 34" inch waist and 44" hips. I know it makes me technically unsuitable when it comes to cosplaying but I try not to give a damn and stick to the things I feel comfortable with.

I did Summoner Yuna at London Expo October 2008 and have had some very positive reviews on my DA pics one of them being 'Nice Bosom' lol.

I agree with what everyone is saying here, anyone who decides they can try and put you down can go and jump off a cliff, hell I even wrote a song about those kinds of people! 'Next time you trip' But going off topic here.

If you feel comfortable in a costume then wear it!

Screw what the idiots say!


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19 Jan 2009 - 01:199869
Quote Kaythenia:
I am a size 14 girl and I have to say despite being self concious some of the time, I'm proud of having curves, 42" bust, 34" inch waist and 44" hips. I know it makes me technically unsuitable when it comes to cosplaying but I try not to give a damn and stick to the things I feel comfortable with.

I did Summoner Yuna at London Expo October 2008 and have had some very positive reviews on my DA pics one of them being 'Nice Bosom' lol.

I agree with what everyone is saying here, anyone who decides they can try and put you down can go and jump off a cliff, hell I even wrote a song about those kinds of people! 'Next time you trip' But going off topic here.

If you feel comfortable in a costume then wear it!

Screw what the idiots say!


We have practically the same measurements! XD (I'm 43-34-43) I love your Yuna! It looks really amazing and suits you very well. I wanted to do her as one of my first costumes but ended up being put off by the flimsyness of her bra. >< I'll have to look out for you at the next Expo.


19 Jan 2009 - 10:529873
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I know loads of people that have gotten in shape/went to the gym/started eating more healthily so they look good in their costumes


That's so true, actually. XD


19 Jan 2009 - 16:149885
Quote Kaythenia:
I wanted to do her as one of my first costumes but ended up being put off by the flimsyness of her bra. ><


It cannot be stressed enough how important a good bra is whilst cosplaying! They can alter your figure in so many ways, and work wonders with a costume that you wouldn't have thought you could pull off!


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