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#28DaysOfBlackAnime

Today’s Anime Character we’re celebrating today is Atsuko Jackson from Michiko to Hatchin.
• • Atsuko grew up in the same orphanage as Michiko and those two have been fighting every since! Now a cop Atsuko has been trying to keep Michiko behind bars,& she’s been responsible for sending her away all 12 times!
• • Who do you think we should celebrate tomorrow⁉️ COMMENT DOWN BELOW & REMEMBER WE’LL BE CELEBRATING 28 DAYS OF BLACK ANIME CHARACTERS ALL MONTH LONG SO HIT THAT FOLLOW BUTTON

Ari’s 2 Year Re-Birthday a.k.a Halloween 2016

As I mentioned in my last post, I have hit my 2-year mark of being on Hormone Replacement Therapy. I celebrate this day as a second birthday. It marks the beginning of the period in my life when gender dysphoria no longer had its horrific grip on me. (I still deal with it at times of course, but HRT is a life saving treatment. This is truly my Re-Birthday :)

A year ago, I was in a situation where I was still getting used to living on my own and I was just starting to be able to be in public while letting the walls down and just being myself. That year, I spent my Re-Birthday alone and posted some costume pics on Tumblr about it. While I was grateful to have the outlet of Tumblr at the time and you all sent me encouraging messages of support.. I also vowed to myself that next year would be different. I promised myself that I would have a group of friends that knew only the real me to celebrate this special day with me. This year that happened. It did take effort on my part. I had to be intentional about being more social. If you followed me for a long time, you know that I started going to meetup groups. I went to a Dungeons and Dragons meetup first and there I made two amazing new friends who I visit with weekly now. I also joined a women’s group on meetup. This meetup in particular is just incredible. They accepted me into their fold and I have made several friendships through that group. The events are always a blast even though some of them take me out of my “comfort” zone :)

I am so grateful to be in the position I am in now, where I have new friends that just know Ari and accept her and like her for who she is. I am actually crying a little while writing this because I remember how I felt last year and how worried I was that I would be feeling alone for a very, very long time. Sure I have family members that still love me but they struggle greatly to accept me for who I am.

But.. on to the pics of the celebration! This is a happy occasion!

My friends are amazing when it comes to costumes. I was at first planning on going as Counselor Troi from Star Trek TNG. However, there is a serious lack of costumes out there for her. There is an off-color short dress that really does not come close to matching her outfits. There is the standard TNG uniforms but I did not want to look androgynous in any way for this outing ;)

So, I went with a Dr. Carol Marcus costume that I found online. I also got a blond wig, but ultimately I decided not to use the wig. I was worried it would be too hot as this was going to be a bar crawl and long night. Also, the wig framed my face poorly and reminded me of the time when I was desperately trying to grow my hair out. I was able to snap a few cute pictures with the wig, but trust me it only looked cute in those pics as that camera angle worked the best for the look. Pics from the side view and such made me look like I was wearing a child’s wig. I decided I could just be a Science Crew Member from the reboot universe :) Science Officer Ari reporting for duty, Sir!

Also, after shopping at several stores with my daughter I found some futuristic looking earrings at Charming Charlie that I thought were perfect. You can see those in one of the pics.

Anyway, here are photos both with the wig and without, followed by pictures from one of the most fun nights I have had in recent memory :)

I could not find a “phaser” so I bought a mini, but very loud toy laser gun from World Market..

My purse almost looks like that side bag that Dr. McCoy used to carry, doesn’t it??


Lens flare pic! :) lol

One last note about this night, I had some real fear leading up to it. As a transgender woman, despite my best efforts, I still fear being called out by someone in public. In particular I still have that uneasy feeling when I need to use the restroom. Being Halloween, with many non-transgender men dressing as women.. it amplified this fear. Once again all of my fears were unwarranted. In fact, as I was about to leave the restroom at one of our many stops on our pub crawl, a random young woman said to me, “Hey are you..” she paused and I took in a breath.. “Star Trek??” Lol! Her wording was funny, but she was just trying to confirm that she “got” my costume. I said, “Yes!” She responded, “I LLLove it!” As you can imagine that was great for me to hear ;) I simply smiled and told her thank you because I honestly was not sure what her costume was supposed to be so I said nothing about it! 

I hope you all have an amazing Halloween. If you are in a place where you wish you could make some new friends please make a direct effort to do so. You will find them!

-Ari

My goal in sharing my transition is to represent transgender people in the positive light that we all deserve. Re-blogs are always okay if they are for this purpose, but if you are a fetish blog or fetish website then I want nothing to do with you and you do not have my permission to use my images.

“Your mission: protect the City. Look better than the warlocks. But don’t look like you’re trying.”

IM!!!! ALMOST DONE!!!! Heres a shot from a shoot my friend was kind enough to do for me before I left for school☄more coming soon??

Costume and modelling(?) by me
Photography by @princessofthetrees 💕

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#28DaysOfBlackAnime

•Today’s Anime Character we’re celebrating today is Franceska Mila Rose from BLEACH

•Franceska is the 55th Arrancar
in Sōsuke Aizen’s army, she’s strong and beautiful with a good head on her shoulders.To watch Bleach check out @crunchyroll

Who do you think we should celebrate tomorrow⁉️ COMMENT DOWN BELOW & REMEMBER WE’LL BE CELEBRATING 28 DAYS OF BLACK ANIME CHARACTERS ALL MONTH LONG SO HIT THAT FOLLOW BUTTON🎉

Slowly but surely!! I got a bit of a month left.
I’m kinda stuck tho. I still don’t know how to make the gold armor bits. Like I know the material I need, but I don’t know how to physical make them. It’s hard making this stuff when you have to make it on your own body!!!
Testament to that is, I was wearing shorts under my cosplay while sewing and I sewed my shorts inside the suit…. They're​ still in there…I’ll get them out eventually…