BODY POSITIVITY IN COSPLAY
Hey, how’s it going over there. I’m Chelsea, and I’m so very pissed off right now. Why? Because I just saw an anon who’d been fat-shamed out of cosplaying…by their friend. Yeah, you heard me. And that PISSES. ME. OFF.
Why, you may ask? Allow me to explain: I’m 5′8″ and 177 lbs currently. In American terms: REALLY overweight.
Here I am for base reference, wearing a bikini because fuck you, that’s why.
I’m not skinny. I’ve got thunder thighs, and a belly, and arm flab, and holy hell, do I have a butt. Guess what? I cosplay anyway!! Four years and counting. I’ve also spoken on panels about cosplay for beginners, body positivity in the cosplay community, and more.
Still not skinny. And I’m sexy as fuck to boot. In face, in the last two, I’m wearing a damn corset.
See this one?
The older woman I’m standing with? She’s the woman who designed the ORIGINAL costume for the show, and she came up to me to ask for pictures. She gave no fucks about my size.
Here, have some more:
In case any of you missed the point of this photo dump, it’s this: Size does not, ever, determine what you can or cannot cosplay. Not ability level, not disabilities, not race, not gender, not size. If someone says you can’t cosplay something or other because you’re not the perfect representation, you know what you do? You wear the costume with pride anyway, because it took motherfucking work, and you strut past those losers with your middle fingers fully erect. Chances are, they will be in civies, rather than costume, which makes them all the more pathetic in my opinion. They can’t do it themselves, so they tear down anyone who does.
And if it’s a friend who says those things to you? Then they are not your friends, and you need to get away from them. Friends are supportive and encouraging, and will love you regardless of what you look like. People who don’t, or who tell you that you can’t because you look a certain way? Are not.
You can do this. You are beautiful, no matter what you look like,
what you weigh, or anything else. You can do this, and you should.
It’s people like you, who have such courage and such fierce pride, that
make the cosplay community so rich.
Please don’t ever forget that.