Black Bettie Cosplay
Name and Social Info?
Photo by Black Bettie Cosplay
Do you run a business you'd like to promote or do you have one in mind you'd like to lift up?
I am a cosplay commissioner and I sell prints and cosplay iron-on decals in my Ko-fi shop. I'm also hosting BIPOC Vampire Day, an online event, September 17th - 19th to showcase diverse vampires in media, cosplay and more.
What made you start sewing/cosplay?
I started sewing as a kid because I loved costumes and wanted to learn to make my own. I got into cosplay after college because I missed designing and constructing costumes for the theatre.
What advice do you have for creators just starting out?
Start small and realize that everyone starts somewhere. It's okay to learn, grow and make mistakes.
What is your favorite sewing tool you use daily? Favorite fabric?
Probably my chaco liner - it's such a great marking tool and I can even use it for things outside of sewing like armor work!
Cotton stretch blends - it's the best of both worlds.
What is your favorite Arda Wig? Why?
I really like the Marty Classic wig. It's such a versatile lacefront and I've actually used it more than once for my cosplays.
What do you love most about cosplay? What do you wish you could change?
I absolutely love how cosplay has the power to let people embody characters they love as well as make them unique to them. There are so many creative takes and versions and I love that. I wish that the community did better to uplift all sorts of cosplayers instead of one very particular type.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to get into voice acting. It's always been a dream of mine and I'm trying to make that a reality this year.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Oof...only two.??? Probably a really thick notebook and pen so I could at least draw and write to keep sane.