My best friend first got me into cosplay. She started going to the London Expo and would tell me all about them and it just sounded so interesting and a really fun thing to do, so eventually I got my butt to one and have been loving it ever since.
My first ever cosplay was Ritsuka from Loveless. It was the first manga I ever read and I really liked the character, and at the time my hair was pretty similar to his so I borrowed some ears and tail from my friend and we went wondering round Birmingham with her dressed up as Soubi.
My friend then got me into Kingdom Hearts and along with quite a few people became rather obsessed with Axel! And after researching a bit more about cosplay and seeing other people cosplaying Axel it really inspired me to have a go. and the rest as they say, is history!
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