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I have long thought about putting together my own cosplay costumes ever since somebody told me back in high school that I should consider partaking in the activity. Once I got addicted to YouTube videos—especially the nerdy, gamer channels—I've had plenty of inspiration to look to over the years.
Interestingly enough, however, I've only just discovered Heidi O'Ferrall (a.k.a. Atelier Heidi) fairly recently, but even so, she quickly became one of my favourite cosplayers ever.
I'll feature cosplayers in my posts every now and again, but because there's a lot to go through, this will be another one of those recurring series I've talked about before.
Needless to say, I thought I'd kick this list off with Heidi's main look at cons, Zero Suit Samus - though you can expect to see much more of Heidi in this series from now on.
1. Atelier Heidi as Zero Suit Samus
It's honestly no wonder Heidi is known for this look; she essentially is Zero Suit Samus had the bounty hunter stepped through the television screen and into our world. This is pretty much how I envisioned the character if she were tangible.
I like how she doesn't overdo it with the makeup, to the point where she would look like an anime character as opposed to a woman who could actually exist in real life. Instead, she focuses on other important aesthetics to really make her stand out from the crowd: blue circle lenses and eyelash extensions, a gorgeous blonde wig that i swear could pass for her real hair, her trusty laser gun in hand, and of course that splendidly cerulean Zero Suit she made herself.
If I didn't know any better, I'd say it's a legitimate space suit among the in-crowd of fashionable astronauts. Whether she's ethereal or battle-worn, space enthusiasts are sure to be in awe.
Zero Suit Samus always gives off the impression that she's glowing whenever we see her. I like how photographers take advantage of the lighting in these shots to make the whole attire pop - allowing Heidi to emit that same vibe. I don't know whether it was intentional or not, but it's a definite plus.
2. Pamela Horton as Bayonetta
When she cut her hair short and dyed it black, everyone said that gaming personality Pamela Horton looks exactly like the badass witch Bayonetta - and I completely agree.
Horton has said that the Bayonetta—both the franchise and the character—is one of her favourites, so it doesn't surprise me that she was hired to model Bay's costume for the sequel's release back in 2014.
Despite how otherworldly it is, the costume still somehow manages to be such a natural look for Horton. Aside from her hair (which is even shorter now and purple), she usually wears glasses and does her makeup more or less like this anyways, so she has no issues getting into character.
She really works the costume, showing off all its defining features while effortlessly striking Bay's signature, sultry poses: the hair cape, the bare back of the biker suit, the open diamond patterns on said suit, those killer Love is Blue guns that can almost pass for actual heels, and the refined Renaissance-styled gloves.
I'd love to see Horton model Bay's other outfits someday, especially my favourite one: the gorgeously polished white rose dress and sunhat from the sequel.
But, no matter. She's stylish, she's sassy, and she totally slays. She's our bae.
3. Kristen as the Female Titan
As much as I love Mikasa Ackerman, there's always too many cosplayers emulating her look at cons. It's nice to see other Attack on Titan characters roaming about for a change, especially the Female Titan.
Exhibit A: Kristen from the United Kingdom.
I think she did a great job with the costume and poses overall. I like that the pale parts of her body paint aren't entirely even in colour; it looks more like tainted skin this way. Her wig—unless that's her real hair, in which case I'd be impressed—and the details that outline her abdominal muscles and chest bones are flawless.
The only two setbacks are the underwear and red parts of her body paint; I think there could've been a better way to blend everything in a little better, although the bra is fine as it is because the Female Titan's breasts actually do stick out in her original design. A darker shade of red could've been used to better resemble human flesh.
But from certain angles and distances, the costume does look realistic, and Kristen definitely has the features to pull this look off well. Seeing that poor soldier literally hanging by a thread kills me every time.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for even more amazing cosplay!