If people related to the cons are saying abusive things, they can be reported to con staff.
Another good point! If any in-person interactions get offensive, or in any way abusive, either verbally or physically, that is harassment. Report it immediately. Most cons have very strict no-harassment policies. Of course some cons are better at enforcing it than others, but trust me that the threat of getting thrown out of con shuts people up extremely quickly. I had a creeper just this past Anime North who turned tail and physically ran as soon as the word “security” came out of my mouth. Play hardball and report their asses.
Is ignoring really the best way to deal with cosplay drama? I just want to slit the throats of those jackholes saying I'm a "landwhale" and "too fat to cosplay" my character so bad.
Gosh, this got buried back in the inbox. Sorry!!
This is actually a good question. I can absolutely understand the anger that can happen when people are really nasty to you about cosplay. Of course I’m obligated to say that physical violence isn’t a good way to retaliate, but I don’t think that complete passivity is good either. A lot of people, when getting shit in person or on the internet, spout that mantra “Don’t feed the trolls.”
Well, I’m not sure that always works. There’s a lady named Steph Guthrie who presented at TED Toronto who speaks on not feeding the trolls. She ruminates on this much more elegantly than I, so I’m going to provide the link below. In short, she says that no, ignoring is not always the best way to go. It can often implicitly indicate that that sort of behavior is acceptable. She also gives some pointers on way to counter trolls. Her advice is mostly for an online context, but I think it could also help in-person interactions as well. :)
Picture anon, another key to getting your picture taken is to go as a popular or uncommon character. The costumes I've done that've gotten the most pictures have been Quina Quen from Final Fantasy IX and Ghetsis Harmonia from Pokemon BW (castle robe)
Wonderful point! Cosplays that you don’t normally see can get a ton of pictures! Especially if the show/game/comic is relatively new. So if getting your picture taken is something that can make or break your day, (No judgement here if it is. Getting your picture taken is just fun and plenty of folks get upset if they don’t), going for costumes that just aren’t done a lot is a good idea. :)
Ah, by asking how to get Mitsuru's tall boots to look right, I meant insofar as they...spread on larger calves. How do I make them not do that?
Ah, understood! Sorry for the misinterpretation. Well, If you want to buy boots, looking for ones with a wide calf to begin with helps. A lot of places like Lane Bryant, Torrid, Ashley Stewart, and other plus-sized shops carry boots with wider widths in the calves. Because yes, I have had tons of boots without that wider width that I could barely zip up (and a few I couldn’t zip at all). Some sites like Zappos will have that option within the search, so you can check the box for wide-calf boots and only have those results show up. I’ve even seen wide-calf boots on payless. :)
If you can’t find boots to buy (it might be hard since it’s summer), I’d go with a boot cover. You can make a boot cover to your measurements exactly, so no spreading on the calves at all. It’ll fit your leg like a glove. :) Hope that helps!
Hey, not sure if it's you in the photo of the crossplay Harley quinn, but I was curious if there's a place to see more of the costume or other costumes that have been made. I think it's really cool and like to see more plz, ty. :)
Hi! It isn’t me in the crossplay Harley Quinn, but the submitter might have a link to their cosplay page if you go to their blog directly. If not, send them a message and ask! They may have a deviantart or cosplay page they can direct you to! Some submitters do submit with links to their other cosplays, but in the cases where they don’t, going directly to them and asking can help. Hope that helps a bit!
Would it be okay for me to submit a casual cosplay idea and ask others here if it's any good? I have a Hatsune Miku wig but no legit costume and so I threw something together with clothes I already have but I need opinions.
Sure, that’d be just fine! Getting constructive criticism from a body-positive space is a great idea. It’ll help give you pointers on costume construction only, no body-shaming nonsense that can happen on the nastier sides of the internet. Go ahead and submit, tell us what you’re going for, what you’re having trouble with, and any questions you have and we’ll be glad to give our collective advice. :)
Hi there. I'm trying to cosplay Harley Quinn's Arkham Asylum costume for comic con with my boyfriend, but this is my first time ever cosplaying. However, being fat I am having a hell of a time trying to find a red underbust corset that'll work for me, for a reasonable price. Do you have any information on where I may be able to find a cute corset that'll fit someone between a size 28/30?
Hi there! Hmm, the corset is a tricky one. I’ve seen plenty of plus-sized ones at conventions themselves, especially places like Dragon Con. But I’ve never gone about buying one online. I’ll turn to the followers. Followers? Who’s got the good plus-sized corsets?
Hi! I’m glad you like one of our Luna cosplayers! Unfortunately, that isn’t me. Most of the cosplays featured here are submissions. I only have two-ish posts on here. But if you scroll to the bottom of the notes, the submitter should give you the cosplayer’s url. I’m sure the cosplayer in question would love to hear this from you directly. :)
I'm 15 and I would love to try to cosplay Tony Stark but I'm only 5'3" and I'm a size 14-16(US). The problem I have is that all my weight is in the wrong places (sides, back, arms, face/neck, and thighs) and I've always been self-conscious. Should I give it a try?
Hi! I absolutely think you should give it a try! I’ve seen Tony Stark cosplayers of a myriad of heights, body types, races, and genders and I’ve never seen one I didn’t think looked badass. Let us know if you have any other questions, need more encouragement, or even pointers on cosplay construction. Hope to see a Tony Stark from you soon! ;)
I love this tumblr, but seeing all these great cosplayers talking about "oh and nobody took my picture just my thin friends'" is really, really disheartening. Is there any way you can encourage more positivity on submissions? I just really don't want to have to unfollow because it's starting to remind me why I'm scared to cosplay. I like having a dashboard that doesn't make me feel bad about myself!
Well, we do already encourage people to be body positive in their posts and we strictly forbid any diet-talk in posts. Those rules are in our submission guidelines. But I haven’t addressed bad convention experiences themselves. On one hand, it can be very discouraging to folks who want to read about positive experiences in fat cosplay to read about bad cosplay experiences. On the other, it is a part of being a fat cosplayer that can happen and often needs to be talked about and addressed.
Since we’re submission run, regulating the text in each post is a little tricky and the guidelines aren’t always black and white. I tend to avoid editing or denying posts unless absolutely necessary and those are cases that outright defy our submission guidelines. However, I understand that seeing negativity in a largely positive space may be jarring.
For this one, I think I’m going to ask the rest of you all. How do you feel? Should posts about bad convention experiences be limited or should we keep addressing them as something that is a challenge for fat cosplayers? Maybe a middle-ground could be adding something akin to a trigger warning for bad convention experiences so that folks that want to avoid those stories don’t have to see them?
Do you have any tips on how to do an outfit like Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3? I was thinking her fencer outfit with the tights and white shirt. But the issue is the tights and the tall boots. How do I get them to look right?
Hi! Well, for the shirt and skirt parts you mayy be able to thrift for those. Sometimes that can save on money and time. To get those more exact, though, you could easily find a simple pattern for those. You may have trouble finding a shirt with sleeves that get larger at the ends like hers do, and her skirt seems to have either some panels or even some large pleats going on? (I’m not familiar with Persona 3, so I may be wrong on both counts). Making it yourself will be a bit more exact, so if you have the resources to do that, I’d suggest it.
As for the boots, you can do one of two things. You can either buy some tall boots or make boot covers. She does look like she has riding boots on if you look at the side zipper and the buckle on the side. Those are pretty easy to find on sites like zappos, but in some cases those can get expensive, especially with how tall hers are. With a boot cover, you could get whatever shoe you’d like so long as the bottom of it has the same shape. You’d essentially be making a giant sock that goes over the bottom of the shoe and allows the heel to poke out, using spandex (with a sewing machine that can do zig-zag stitching if at all possible). Sites like cosplaytutorial here on tumblr have much more detailed tutorials than I can give you in an ask. Hope that helps!
Good evening. I was wondering if you could possibly give me any suggestions. I'm an "obese" male, and about 5'11"... I want to cosplay to my body type but, unfortunately, I cannot think of a single character I can cosplay. Please and thank you! :-)
Hi! Well, I generally advise that people not worry about cosplaying their body types. First, because the media generally does not have many portrayals at all of fat people and the ones that exist can be pretty insulting. So first, make sure that you’re not cosplaying a character because you feel that that’s the only character you’re allowed to cosplay as a plus sized cosplayer. You can cosplay whoever the hell you want, body type be damned.
However, I do see where cosplaying a fat character, particularly one that is actually a positive portrayal of fat folks, can be great! It can increase positive visibility of plus sized people.
Overall, I would think through the books/tv shows/animes/ comics that you love. Which characters stand out to you as favorites? Are there ones that you love who are also plus sized? If so, go for it! But if not, don’t worry! Cosplay your favorites regardless!
Please change your url. The term "fat" is offensive,Use "Chubby" instead xx
I’m sorry if you feel that fat is offensive, but part of the point of the blog is to help reclaim the term. Fat does not have to be an inherently negative term. It’s become negative through people’s associating fat with things that are negative. We’re here to make it have a more positive connotation than it often has.
So nope, we’re not using chubby. We’re using fat quite deliberately. I’m sorry if you don’t personally enjoy the term and I respect your right not to use it. You have every right to dislike our use of it and are welcome to refrain from following us or our posts if that makes you feel better. But we’re not going to stop using it. We’re respecting our own right to use the word fat in a way that we feel is going to make things better for fat folks.
I didn't know this was here, and I would like to thank the coward body-shaming Anon for causing reposts to get sent my way. I'm going to sit back and enjoy the products of this blog, so enjoy your new follower.
Haha awesome! Rude anons do tend to tend to counteract their own purposes. The more they hate, the more attention and followers we get. Thanks for the follow!
So not only am I overweight, but seriously lacking in the breast department. Weird combo, right? I only cosplay male characters and cant be brave enough to cosplay a chick. Suggestions?
That’s not a weird combo at all. I think I might fall into that category a little myself. Fat people have a wide range of shapes and body types. :) The only suggestion I can give on cosplay is to cosplay which characters are your favorites and which ones make you feel good. If you enjoy crossplay more and cosplaying ladies isn’t your thing, that’s great! If you want to start cosplaying lady characters and are just unsure about it, I’d say jump in and try it out. :) It’s all about what’s fun for you.
I've battled anorexia for years & not done cosplays I love due to no confidence, this blog is inspiring! Though I'm not the sizes on here I've had low self esteem from having a flat chest too, hats off to all of these people!!!
Thanks! Glad the blog is helping folks of all shapes and sizes! Body positivity helps everyone. <3 Thanks again!
Love your costumes! Hard to choose, but I'd say Batman if pressed it looked awesome
Hi! I’m glad you love the costumes on this blog! Most of them aren’t mine, they’re submitted by other cosplayers. I only have one or two submissions on here myself. But I’m sure the cosplayer who submitted it would love to hear that from you. :)
Hi! I was looking for a costume to wear for a play, and I found the queen of hearts costume on your blog. But no matter how hard I try, I can't find who submitted it! I don't suppose you'd be able to put me in contact with the person who made it? I'd like to ask for pointers. Thanks!
Hi! The Queen of Hearts cosplayer should be tumblr user sakuramochipanda. She makes beautiful costumes and I’m sure she’d have some really good advice for you if you’re looking to make your own. :)
I am unsure how to submit photos.... I click the submit button and all it leaves me is a text submit option... >///<;; I really am probably just overlooking something...
Hi! It should allow you to submit a photo directly. If not, you could try placing the picture within a text post? If you’re still having trouble, we could always also reblog a post from your own page provided you send us the link in a submission. Hope that helps!!
Hey there! First of all, thanks for updating this blog again! I love it so much! Second, I was wondering if you (or anyone who sees this who can answer/reblog) know of any amazing cosplay commissioners who have experience making plus size cosplay? Many commissioners are so hit and miss since they use patterns that aren't in plus sizes so it ends up looking sloppy. Thanks!
Hi! We’re glad to be back and updating! Well, my girlfriend does plus-sized commissions and does a lot of sewing on my costumes (I do much better with prop-work and armor lol). She drafts her own patterns according to your measurements, so I don’t think the pattern size would be an issue. Depending on the costume, she might be able to help you. She’s over at pinkiebel here on tumblr. You’re always welcome to send the idea her way~
But enough of my shameless plug. I’m sure our followers know some other fantastic cosplay commissioners as well. Followers? Any recommendations?
So my friend and I are going to anime-con next year and I suggested that we match (you know be from the same series) yet since I'm thick and she's not I'm trying to think of who to go as.
Hi! I would pick whoever is your favorite character! It doesn’t matter if you’re thick and she’s not. :) My girlfriend and I cosplay together all the time and she’s super tiny and I’m pretty large. And we still look great and so will you two. Pick your absolute favorites from the series you all are considering and have fun with it!
This both makes me happy and sad. Granted people enjoy calling themselves "Fat" and take it as a badge. But as I scroll through these cosplays I don't see fat cosplayer, I see people enjoying themselves and not giving a damn about what people try to portray as the ideal cosplayer. I do hope that any and all who are featured on this page realize they are more then just a fat cosplayer they are cosplayers first and everyone one of them look damn good from 100 pounds or 250. Go big or go home! <3
Hi! I appreciate your message and that you enjoy our cosplays.
Unfortunately I think you’ve missed one of the overarching points of the blog. Fat is not an inherently negative term. What makes it seem negative is everyone, especially the ever-pervasive media, indicating that to be fat is to be something negative. Fat isn’t a defensive badge or an inherently negative term. It’s an adjective plain and simple.
We are fat. Telling someone who is clearly fat that they aren’t fat, or divorcing them from a term that absolutely describes them, is to tell them that they aren’t what other fat people are supposed to be like. It’s basically telling us that we mustn’t be fat because we look good in our cosplays.
We are fat cosplayers and our being good at it doesn’t make us more than “just a fat cosplayer.” Being fat does not relegate us. We can be both. We can be it all at once. We are good, fat, beautiful, confident cosplayers. We can be fat and be an ideal cosplayer. We are all of these things first. These things are not mutually exclusive.
I’m glad you’ve found our blog and that you enjoy seeing our cosplays. :)
I was so happy to see this page become active again! The fat cosplay tag was starting to fill up with people talking about how they couldn't cosplay certain characters and ugh... I just missed this page so much. Thank you thank you thank you for existing.
Hi! I’m so glad we’re back in business too! It may take me a few weeks sometimes still to update because I am still finishing up grad school. But I’d like to avoid long hiatuses if I can. And of course, I really want to get that fat cosplay tag filled with cosplays and body positivity. :) Thanks again!!
Hi there. So by happy chance I found your blog and I'm considering cosplaying for my state comic con coming up this June. I want to go as Aeris, or Aerith, from Final Fantasy VII, but I'm really quite afraid to. I'm totally happy with the way I look but for some reason, the idea of cosplaying intimidates me. I think it's because she's an iconic character. I have the hair for it, but obviously not the physique. Should I cosplay a character I'm more comfortable with? What do you think I should do?
Hi! Sometimes choosing characters is a bit hard. I usually advise cosplaying the characters you like. If cosplaying Aeris made you severely uncomfortable, of course you should’t subject yourself to something that is going to make your con miserable. But if it’s a matter of worrying about backlash from others, I say put that mess behind you. You don’t spend all those hours sewing and styling wigs for one jerkface that might say something nasty. You do this for yourself. :) If you’re happy with yourself and you’re having fun in your costume, that’s all there is to it. If you’re largely comfortable with Aeris, cosplay Aeris. If at all possible, cosplay the characters you love the most. :)
I started a Loki cosplay last year (fem, loosely based on Avengers) and have yet to finish, but I've found loads of new ideas and now I'm stuck. First of how to proceed and second how to build a pattern. Any tips, tricks or tutorials and motivation?
Hi! I love fem Loki cosplays!! For tutorials, I usually default to cosplaytutorial here on tumblr. They have an arsenal of stuff!! There are quite a few floating around other sites as well, so don’t be afraid to spend an hour or two on google. I’ve unearthed really cool stuff sometimes after hours of thinking I wouldn’t find anything.
As for how to build a pattern, I’m not terribly experienced in that. I often buy mine or find them online. A lot of basic patterns can be found in printable versions online. I like to do that if possible because it tends to be cost-effective
However, if your costume is more complicated and you can’t find a pattern, sometimes making your own is the way to go. I happen to know someone who is excellent at drafting patterns and has done many for plus-sized cosplays. She could probably give you some pointers. Her username is pinkiebel. :) *cough* she’s also my girlfriend and helps me draft patterns for my own costumes sometimes *cough*
As for motivation, I LOVE to watch con music videos while I work. There’s an extra-long Dragon Con one I like particularly well. Seeing other badass cosplayers is excellent motivation for working on your own costumes. :)
Hi! I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for being awesome. I love what you are doing here. I have wanted to cosplay for years, but didn't because I felt my size held me back. I can really appreciate all the time and effort that goes into cosplaying. You do an amazing job of showing women of size at their best. Thank you so very much for being an inspiration!
Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful message. <3
Hi I have 3 plus sized friends who are kinda of nervous about there body sizes and cosplaying with them being plus sized! I tried telling them there body is fine and cosplay is just fun. But they won't listen because they believe I'm trying to be nice. They said "Well you wear a size 0 and don't understand the pain of being fat!". I have my own problems with being this tiny, but they still won't believe anything I say. What do I do to make them feel comfortable cosplaying as plus sized girls?
Hi! I’m glad that you’re being encouraging to your plus-sized friends and trying to get them into cosplay. My only advice I can give is to be patient and to understand that they may be encouraged to cosplay with your help, and they may not be.
People of all body types get shamed for their bodies, but your friends are also right that plus-sized folks are often disproportionately demonized. Your experiences walking around in cosplay may very well end up being a bit easier than your friends’ experiences would be. It can be very difficult to get out there and cosplay as a plus-sized person when you can get a lot of hate for it.
My advice is to keep encouraging them, but make sure you don’t push too hard. Many people just feel uncomfortable cosplaying altogether, plus-sized or no. On the other hand, some want to cosplay and need support from other people to let them know that their cosplays will look just as great as everyone else’s. Listen to your friends and support them where they need you to whether they really want to cosplay or really don’t want to. They need your support and your body-positive friendship either way. :) If you know for sure that they want to cosplay but are feeling uncomfortable, you can always direct them to this blog as well. We’re always happy to take submissions and questions.