Cosplay of the Week:
Ariel is 29 years old and has been cosplaying for about three years now.
“I’ve always been interested in cosplaying, but I was too shy to do it…A friend of mine suggested I cosplay a character from this anime he had been watching. It was Deadman Wonderland. When I got the time I started to watch it and realize the character he suggested was totally awesome and it would be fun to dress up like her. I did and I’ve been hooked ever since!”
Akasha is Ariel’s favorite character to cosplay. Why did Ariel chose Akasha?
“I’m such a huge Aaliyah fan and I really enjoyed watching her in the Queen of the Damned. The way she walked, her outfit, everything was just awesome! I knew one day I wanted to look just like that. When I decided to make the costume I had no idea where to start or if I even could do it. It took me about a year off and on to finish it because I gave up so many times. I even cried out of frustration because I wanted to do this so bad. I sat down one day and really thought about how I was gonna do it. I researched material and watched the movie. I was able to create it the way I visioned it and I’m so happy.”
One of Ariel’s other favorite characters to cosplay as is Princess Tiana. She also likes doing charity as Tiana because the kids seem to really enjoy it. Ariel is hoping she can do more charity events in the future.
“[Tiana]’s such a strong ambitious woman and that’s what I wanna be.”
What cosplays does Ariel hope to do in the future?
“I’m working on a few new cosplays now! I have a female version of Jax from Mortal Kombat and a Sailor Princess Tiana! The are both pretty interesting so we will see how that goes.”
You can catch Ariel at the conventions, Anime Fusion and Crypticon. You can also keep up-to-date on Ariel via Facebook!
Featured image courtesy of RJ3 photography