Welcome to Meet the Cosplayer, where I introduce you to some of the fantastic, creative talent within the Rainbow Six: Siege community. This series is meant to showcase the amazing cosplayers no matter their skill level or experience.
I sat down and spoke with cosplayer Merenipe about her history with cosplay, what got her into it, the challenges she faced and other things.
Mel is from Korea and is currently studying Language & Literature at university.
What got you interested in cosplay?
“Since I was young, I had to memorize all the spells, lines, and rules in the plot when I watched a movie or something. I copied every main character’s routines and behaviors. So, cosplay was the perfect hobby for me. Wearing the same clothes as fictional characters. It makes me feel like I’m in a world of games, movies, or shows that I dreamed of.”
How long have you been cosplaying for?
“It’s been almost 10 years now.”
What has been the most difficult part about cosplaying for you?
“I think it’s about physical strength and mental health. Cosplay is also a kind of service. Especially in Korea, we do everything perfectly and without wasting time. We endure wig migraines and even engage in social activities. We have to be satisfied with ourselves and pursue pleasure as a hobby. We also use social media to communicate with each other. Everyone says, “Don’t mind the others,” but it’s really difficult to ignore the other people and focus only on me.”
When cosplaying, what have been three most important things for you to have with you?
“Make-up fixer, cleansing oil, and some snacks for my socialbility.”
When you started cosplaying, what was an obstacle or challenge that you encountered?
“I was completely ignorant of tactical and airsoft things. So when I started Siege cosplay, I had to learn about related legislation or discipline. We carry the guns and gear to public places and copy the image of the military. Especially in Korea, the regulations are so ambigous, so I had to be more careful about it.”
What advice would you give to people wanting to start cosplay for the first time?
Don’t forget that cosplay is also a hobby, after all. The most important thing is that you have to enjoy yourself. As I mentioned, ignoring other people’s gaze is so difficult. But it doesn’t have to be the ‘best’ and no one can be perfect from the beginning. Don’t hesitate to start. “Dive or step right in, but please don’t stand.”
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