This is my Celestia cosplay from ACEN 2013. My friend’s mother is a professional seamstress and did a wonderful job on the dress. The dress itself was my design, she just made it happen.
My size is currently between a 24 and 28 US size. I’ve been plus sized since I hit puberty at the age of 10. I’m currently 23 years old.
My friend (HotaruTenshi) was Luna. She does amazing plus size cosplays and I always aspire to be as confident as her when it comes to cosplaying. All photos (except for the wall shot) were done by Jason Simpson, an amazingly talented photographer.
So here I am in 2010: 205 pounds, a US size 20, and a boy, cosplaying Sheryl Nome from the anime Macross Frontier. (My friend Kara is the green-haired Ranka Lee.) I’m about as far from the drawings of the character as one can get, but I love her story and I love Macross, so this had to happen.
Yeah, I hear “fat queer” and “Sailor Bubba” sometimes, but I’m happy to say that the vast majority of people were super positive and I was asked for a lot of pictures. Next year I was Kotoko from Chobits!
I'm not sure if you follow Alex Day/nerimon on YouTube, but he is a YouTuber who I normally respect; however, he just released a video talking mainly about how cosplayers should cosplay their size--that is, only cosplay fat characters if they are fat--and I was wondering if you had any reaction to that. I'm also gathering evidence and arguments for a text post to tell him that what he said is hurtful and problematic. Thoughts?
Well, I can say that I do not follow Alex Day or know of him. I did see the video and of course I wholeheartedly disagree with his logic. It’s not even logical to begin with to tell someone to cosplay their body type because:
A hell of a lot of characters that cosplayers cosplay are either game characters or cartoons. They do not have proportions that correspond to ANY real-life person regardless of what size they are.
Even if the character is played by an actor and is in a live-action film or show, everyone’s body is different. Every. Last. One. Even if someone looks very like an actor, there are still differences and, thus, there is absolutely no way for ANYONE’s body type to be exactly like another.
So to use that logic on fat cosplayers and not on others is just a way to try to get fat cosplayers to conform. This person clearly wants to relegate fat cosplayers to the small handful of roles that exist for fat people. Often, portrayals of fat characters are highly negative because the media wants us to consider fat as inherently negative. We like to cosplay the main characters because we don’t want to be relegated to a side role, we don’t want to be relegated to the “fat, ugly villain.” And the examples he gives of fat characters are pretty clearly negative. Jabba the Hutt? No. Hell the fuck no. Are there positive portrayals of fat characters out there? Yes! And I think it’s wonderful when fat folks cosplay them to increase representation of fat people! But I also think it’s great when fat people cosplay people who aren’t fat because, often, it puts them in the spotlight instead of shoving them to the side again, and again, and again. The main character can be an awesome, main character AND be fat. The two are not mutually exclusive.
And as for telling a skinny person not to cosplay a fat character, that is also a bit harmful because, at its root, you’re acting as if someone is lowering their standards by cosplaying a fat person. How about…no. Fat is not inherently bad. I want to see people cosplaying characters who are considered their exact physical opposite, even! Because it’s not about what’s on the outside. You cosplay because you love who the character is, not just because they look a certain way. The same should be true of cosplayers.
And when people get mad that a skinny person cosplays a fat person and a fat person cosplays a skinny person? What it really means is that they’re mad that someone did not submit to the role they want them to play and they’re mad because they know that there ain’t shit they can do about it. That’s what this guy has done. He’s mad that someone didn’t completely bow down to his definition of who is fit to cosplay main characters and he has to cut someone down to cope with it.
No one has to be what someone else thinks they should be. I want cosplayers to define themselves, not to let harmful jerks tell them what they should be. Nope. We know who we are. We’re pretty, we’re awesome, we’re main characters, AND we’re fat and we’re not letting Alex-what’s-his-name tell us otherwise. Bye.
This is me as Saeko (High School of the Dead) and I am a size 18 (US). I got so many complements while wearing this and it was so much fun! I love this blog and hope to submit more pictures as soon as I get them <3
So I just found your blog at the perfect time fot me. So im a bigger girl, Im right in between size 20-22. I have plans to go to Dragon Con with a group of (very tiny) friends. They are doin Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons. I want to do something in the samr vein but everytime i try to ask them they keep tryin to make me Sandy (conveiniently the little fat one) I want to be as fabulous as them but need help comin up as with an idea. Do you have any suggestions?
I’m so sorry I’m just getting back to this, far after Dragon Con. But hopefully this answer will help for next Dragon Con or for another con that is coming up! :D
As for your cosplay, if you don’t like Sandy, don’t cosplay him. It does indeed sound a bit like your friends are trying to force you to cosplay a character based solely on your body type. My advice is, if you don’t want to, don’t! And if they’re upset with you for cosplaying “outside of your body type” are they as good friends as they appear to be?
If you wanna be Merida, or Hiccup, or Astrid, or Jack Frost, or the Toothfairy, or Rapunzel, do it! A lot of folks who aren’t very body-positive often relegate plus sized cosplayers to side roles. And I refuse to do so myself and I encourage you not to let folks do that to you. Be the main character if you want to be. If you want to be a supporting character, do it because you love that character, not because someone is trying to make you be someone you don’t want to be. I hope that helps! And if you need more advice or have more questions, the askbox is always open! :)
Cosplay ideas? Going to mcm glasgow and i'm stuck!
I’ve trawled google, ebay and everything! I want to cosplay at the first MCM expo in glasgow and i was thinking a pokemon gijinka or someone from a game! But i’m a UK 18-20 with weight holding in weird places D: I get what i call “saddle bags” at the back of my hips so i cant wear floaty dresses without looking like those knitted barbie dolls that go over toilet rolls -_- I see people the same size or bigger and they look FAB in these same things!!
I’d say i was a fat hourglass with extra storage on the back of my hips!
I do however have lovely boobs! (38 HH) I thought about matsumoto from bleach, but i just can’t afford the robes ;~; So i’m looking to make something on my own!
Suggestions on cosplays and good places to get basic dresses etc? I just don’t know enough about clothes ;~; I really want to do a good cosplay or something! But maybe a little bit sexy? I’d like to have a bit of bow-chik-a-wow-wow!
HI! I’m sorry, I know this reply is very late and that likely the con has already passed. But I’m going to reply anyway for future cons! :D
As for cosplay suggestions, I always say to cosplay whatever characters you really love! :D Don’t worry about whatever body type the character is supposedly supposed to have (they’re often cartoons or game characters anyway, which don’t have realistic proportions that correspond to ANYONE).
Cosplay what you want. :) I say that 1) so you don’t limit yourself by worrying about a character’s body type versus your own and 2) because I’m not always familiar with the fandoms that you love. I could suggest away, but I might be spouting off characters that you’ve not even heard of or that you just don’t like. So I say brainstorm and think of what characters you love so much you just can’t get them out of your head. And go out and cosplay them!
As for places to get dresses, I know I often had a lot of luck with New Look when I was living in the UK. I even ordered some stuff from them online and had it shipped across the pond when I had to move back to the states I liked them so much. :) I also had luck with Evans, but it’s a bit expensive for my taste, so I usually go with New Look.
If you’re alright with shipping things across the pond, Torrid and Lane Bryant are some wonderful plus-sized shops over here. Torrid is an absolute favorite and I’d highly recommend them. The Avenue is a third, and Forever 21 has a small plus-sizes section online.
I hope that helps! And if I haven’t answered all of your questions, or you still have them, do feel free to message again! :)
Hi all! So I’ve finally gotten things queued up again after that small Facebook page thing. I thiiinkkk they got shut down, though, so victory for us! :D I dropped off the face of the earth for a bit to get things to calm down so maybe the guy will have forgotten us.
Anyway, even if he hasn’t forgotten us, doesn’t matter because I’ve started watermarking all photo submissions. I try to put the watermark in a place that doesn’t interfere with the photo but that does ensure that anyone trying to post them elsewhere will have to crop the photo a bit awkwardly to remove it.
Additional things about watermarking:
If you do not wish to have your photo submission watermarked, please message me. In the message, tell me what costume you submitted. Give me a small description of the photo (so I can remember..we have a lot of submissions :D ) and let me know that you would like the original photo posted in place of the watermarked one. Please understand that if the watermark is removed, there is little I can do if someone posts the photo elsewhere.
If your photo already had a watermark, I have NOT watermarked it again. I want to give all cosplayers and photographers the credit they are due and do not want my blog’s watermark to overshadow theirs. So, again, if your photo was already watermarked, I’m not going to re-watermark out of respect for the original photographer/cosplayer.
That’s about it. I’ve got about 30 photo submissions queued up, so if you’ve submitted and haven’t seen your submission yet, keep your eyes peeled for the next few weeks! :) If you’ve submitted an ask, I’m about to get to those. So, after that small hiccup, things should be back up and running!
Per Facebook copyright restrictions in my country, photos of an individual are the sole copyright of that individual. I am unsure what country you are posting from and if those same rules apply there, but from my end, that is what facebook reads.
I cannot personally do any more than what I have already asked. I have asked you, as the admin of the blog many of the images have been originally posted on, to stop posting and it is your right not to. However, it is also the right of the persons appearing in the photos you have on the page to appeal to have them removed. The persons in question do indeed understand that their published images go publicly on my blog, but they also do so with the understanding that they may ask me to remove those images at any time. They also understand that, should those images be posted elsewhere, that it is not the fault of any admins of my blog, but that it is also their right to follow any procedures pertinent to the site in question to have the photo taken down. At this juncture it is up to the individuals who appear on your page to report the posts wherein their photos appear. It is up to those individuals whether they believe the comments are inherently offensive. I believe so, but it is their property and their image in the end.
As for the nature of the writing, there is nothing on the page that dictates that the comments made are not the opinions of the page admins, nor that it is at all satirical. Although satirical writing usually does not designate within the text that it is not literal, most satire is clear within a few sentences. If you work is indeed satirical, I suggest some practice. Thus far, your work is not terribly effective. May I suggest some Swift for further reading?
I also am not going to be falsely polite with you. I honestly do not care at all if you have a good day. I also think that if your idea of a reasonable conclusion is for me to agree with you, I refuse to do so. I am upset with your invading of our safe space on our blog and have acted as I chose fit to have the offensive content removed.
And I have also temporarily suspended all queued posts. I am wondering, per the admin’s suggestion, if we should indeed start watermarking photos to prevent this happening. I understand that some are already watermarked by the cosplayer, but not all are. Just for a quick poll, how do folks feel about that? To watermark or not to watermark? Just leave comments below. Sorry for the slight spam and thanks again for everyone’s help.
So, this is the reply I’ve gotten from the admin of the fat cosplay page:
Consent, consent, consent. Pictures that you upload on the internet in my country are legal to repost. We can show our appreciation and post a link to your tumblr without any problems, though 80% of images are found by google search, 20% are from private collection, therefore I am not in any position to research who has the so-called “copyrights” to them. About consent, these people must know that even if this page goes down, the pictures are still there and people have a good laugh from them. Is that offensive? Depends on your point of view. Remember that this page and all the text isn’t about making people mad or something like that. All that we write here aren’t our opinions, they’re more of satire. Maybe the lowest for of humor, thats for you to decide. Going back to calling me a thief is argumentum ad personam, and without proving that I stole anything (seriously, just watermark your stuff I wouldn’t mind at all) you’re slating me. Thanks for writing this message, hope you have a great day and that you come to a reasonable conclusion.
So clearly the person is trying to argue 1) That photos are not the copyright of the person who is in the photo in the country that they are living (no way to prove that since we don’t know what country they live in so we can’t research the laws, etc.) 2) That the libelous comments are “not our opinions” and are “satire” (doubtful since there is really no indication in the writing that the writing is not the poster’s opinion. Also no indication that it is satirical and if it is indeed supposed to be, it’s hella awful satire) 3) That my arguing that they stole the images and posted them without consent is slating the admin of the page. Well hell, if my saying they took them from my blog and that the comments are libelous is slating them, what the hell does that make the hurtful stuff they’re throwing around?
As a follower has sent me, here are some instructions about reporting posts as copyright infringement on Facebook:
The owner of the photo has automatic copyright to the photo. If you can get the people who own the photos to report the page and if they want to go one step further the photo owners can send a cease and desist letter like you sent to the page. If anyone does this I would make sure they keep a record of any communications with this page.
The page admin is refusing to cooperate with me (as I expected) and I honestly can’t do much outside what I have already done. I asked them to stop, they’re not going to. The only thing I can hope is that a) enough people report them and b) that folks who find their photos on there can at least get those posts removed. Thanks for the followers reblogging and giving their support. I will do all I can do, but in the end it will likely come down to the individuals whose photos appear on the page. Thanks for the help and support and I sincerely hope that we can at least get a few of those photos taken down.
Attention to cosplayers who have submitted photos:
A follower pointed out to me that there is a group on Facebook who has stolen photos off of this blog and re-posted them with offensive comments. The group in question can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/FatCosplayers
The page does not seem to have a large following; only five likes. However, I take their actions extremely seriously. I have reported the page once only to have Facebook refuse to take it down. This is likely because their instructions on how to report a page for copyright/trademark infringement is damn-near impossible to find. I was only able to report it on the grounds that the page harassed me and/or people I know. They didn’t approve my request to take it down, likely because my own image does not appear there and I have no previous contact with the group itself. I have replied to their decision detailing why I would like the page taken down with a request to be contacted A.S.A.P. about the matter. However, I am not certain how much I can do since Facebook has been singularly unhelpful thus far.
I have indeed contacted the group with the following message:
I am one of the administrators of a plus-sized cosplay blog on tumblr. It has come to my attention that your page has directly stolen images of cosplayers off of the blog along with text word-for-word. Please note that the cosplayers you have posted do not consent to your having posted their images on your page. I have already reported the page once and will continue to do so. Many of the persons whose images appear here will be notified that you have posted their photo without their consent; such posts will be immediately reported as well. It is illegal for you to post photos of persons online without their consent if they directly rescind said consent, and the abusive comments you have posted along with the photos can be considered libel. It is up to the persons whose photos appear here whether they will take legal action against you if you do not remove their photos and the libelous comments posted with them. We request that you immediately remove any and all photos and text you have taken from the blog. I, along with any cosplayers who have submitted photos or text, consider these photos and text our sole intellectual property and take any theft of these materials very seriously. This is a formal request for you to cease and desist immediately.
I am unsure how successful any such message will be. Therefore, anyone who has submitted an image here, please go check said page and ensure that your photo does not appear there. If it does, report it. Please make sure you report the individual post that contains your photo. Your appeal to have that post removed has a much better chance if it is clear it is your photo. Facebook pages are not allowed to post your image without your consent, but you must report it for it to be taken down.
I sincerely apologize for those whose photos have been taken from this site without their consent. I am continuing to work to have the issue resolved but Facebook may tie my hands on the matter. If you see your photo on the page, again, report the post with your photo. I want these folks shut down before they’ve even started. I will do all within my power to ensure that our safe space is not intruded upon any further.
This site is brilliant - thank you for running it. I wanted to ask, being a costumer but not on the cosplay scene (despite being a great big anime nerd), is there any limit on what's considered cosplay here? I mean, my Steampunk Time-travelling Queen Victoria isn't a Character from a Thing, but it was a pretty fun costume to put together - is it relevant to this blog?
I tend to be very broad on what is considered cosplay. I absolutely consider steampunk. :) So go ahead and submit it! We’d love to see it! Absolutely relevant.
Hi there FYFC! Thank you so much for being so amazing and running such an inspirational and amazing blog. I am cosplaying this weekend at a convention and I was previously really, really nervous, but going through this blog and seeing all the fat cosplayers being so pro and happy, and all the positive feedback, really gave me confidence. Thank you so much, and please keep it up <3
Hi! You’re so welcome and I’m glad the blog is doing what it was meant to do! Getting folks out there cosplaying! I’m so glad it gave you confidence. And, as always, if you have a picture of your costume, we’d love it if you’d send it our way!
This isn’t really about fat cosplay, (I don’t consider myself fat I’m ~ size 6, 5’10”, 140 lb, I came here because it is such a positive space and I wanted to ask an honest question without being putdown, since I have only recently started cosplaying). I’m not sure how familiar you are with Kuroshitsuji but I’m going to be cosplaying as Grell in a masquerade in June. I am not doing his typical costume, but the choirboy costume from episode 17. At that point in the story he did not have his chanisaw, but I am just SOO happy with how the chainsaw I made turned out. Sooo, my question is: is it wrong to be inaccurate to the story arc even if my costume and props are amazing? And everyone knows Grell <3s his chainsaw to death ^.^ Thank you for your time!
I’m so sorry if this answer is too late for your convention. I do not know the character well, but I doubt people would care much, especially if fans love his chainsaw! And honestly, anyone who comes up to you at con JUST to tell you that it is technically inaccurate is probably a lifeless asshole anyway. I’ve used props before where the outfit was in another episode, or different season, or whatnot. People generally don’t care much, especially if it’s a cool prop! I love props and absolutely love it when cosplayers go the extra mile and make an awesome one! They’re not at all a requirement for good cosplay, but they definitely don’t hurt! I say go for it!
I have a (possibly) unique problem. I was about 19 stone of pure fat about a year ago when i started putting a penguin cosplay together. But i have spent the last year in the gym four to six days a week and started playing american football. Now i am about 17 stone and its mostly muscle i have "squared out" and dont really suit the penguin much now. More like punnisher or bane maybe. The con os in a few days and my cosplay is too big. Should i try padding or just give up on the whole thing. It l
Hello. Sorry this ask is very late. I hope you got something worked out that you liked. And I was going to say, do whatever makes you happy! I seriously doubt a square-ish penguin would look bad. Penguins are many shapes and always adorable haha.
Hi darling, I would just like to say I don't see you as 'fat'. I see you as a fucking amazing cutie. Like, goddam your cosplays are fantastic and YOU ARE JUST REALLY CUTE U//U
Haha well thank you for the compliments about the cosplays and the cuteness. But then I also have no problem with being seen as fat. As I say all the time, fat does not have to be inherently insulting.
What are your/your followers suggestions concerning things like EGL and cosplayhell??
I would certainly avoid them. If you find your picture there, you can always try to make them take it down since you didn’t consent to having your image there. And if they’re calling you names and such you can always technically even get some legal stuff up in there for libel, although most people don’t have the time, money or patience for that. My usual policy is to ignore. Asshats like that thrive on people getting mad. That’s what they want. The less mad you are, the more mad they are. :) It can be hard sometimes, trust me. Sometimes you are about to blow like a volcano over it. But my suggestion is to go de-stress in whatever way will make you feel best and fuck ‘em. They are sad wastes of human beings if they have fun bashing others and, most of the time, they don’t even fucking cosplay. Fuck ‘em, fuck ‘em, fuck ‘em.
Hey all! So I know I disappeared again, and am back again, haha. This blog isn’t inactive, but might go through dead periods every now and then. I just started grad school, so sometimes I’ll be inundated with reading and won’t be able to log on. For those of you that submitted cosplay, I’m queuing them up right now and I apologize for the very long wait. For those that submitted asks, I’m getting around to those too. I hope the answers aren’t too late for those asking for cosplay advice. Thanks for sticking around and keep an eye out for new posts!
Hello! I love this blog! It gives me the courage as a size 26 to want to cosplay, despite my fear. I wanted to know if your blog is still active?
Hi! So glad you love the blog and I do hope you end up cosplaying! The blog is still indeed active, although sometimes it is difficult for me to keep it up do date. I just started grad school, so my schedule has gotten a bit nuts. I’ll be queuing posts as often as I can. :)
Dear 'plus-sized' cosplayers: Don't ever stop. I come to this blog almost daily because I am constantly wowed by your care, craft and general fabulousness. I eagerly await the day where you get to be cosplayers, no caveats or descriptors necessary.