To celebrate Black History Month 2021, we’ve been highlighting incredibly talented Black cosplayers in the United Kingdom on our Instagram channel.
Today, we’re thrilled to be joined by cosplayer and anime enthusiast, Nezuna, who is always finding new ways to incorporate anime in her day-to-day life!
How did you become interested in cosplay?
Nezuna: I became interested in cosplay when I was about 14/15. I went to MCM (comic con) & saw all these amazing cosplayers in their costumes from anime to movies to cartoons I loved. I was in awe.
I saw this massive Ryuk cosplay from Death Note, it had to be about 7/8ft tall. It was then I knew I wanted to cosplay…one day. I didn’t properly start until February 2019 though.
What is one thing you wish you knew about cosplay before you started your cosplay journey?
Nezuna: I think applying body paint the right way. I thought it would be a walk in the park but it actually takes a very very long time. I’m still learning from fellow amazing cosplayers from my community every day!
What’s been the most challenging cosplay you’ve worked on so far?
Nezuna: So far it has to be Kikyo Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter. I made everything from scratch and it took me about 2 months. It was challenging but if I could I’d do it all over again.
What has been your favourite cosplay?
How do you decide which characters you’d like to cosplay?
Nezuna: I’ve always preferred side characters as their stories tend to be very interesting and inspiring. I always want to cosplay characters with very little visibility, even though I cosplay popular characters
Which cosplay are you looking forward to tackling in the future?
Nezuna: Right now it’s Lelouch from Code Geass as I will be creating the cosplay from scratch and it’s for Halloween which is the most exciting day of the year for me as a cosplayer.
Which shows are you watching right now?
Any advice for aspiring cosplayers?
Nezuna: Always utilise what you have till the last drop, never compare yourself to your fellow cosplayers as everyone is on a different journey. Be patient and focus on building your craft to the best you want it to be.
Keep up with Nezuna’s incredible work by following her on Instagram!