Alodia Gosiengfiao would call herself many things: a gamer, an artist, a model… but to me, she will always be the cosplay queen. In fact, when I first started to look into the world of cosplay last year, she is the first person I consulted in the matter. After all, she doesn’t just do a great job at choosing her costumes; she also does an amazing job at bringing those characters to life.
In fact, whenever I see a photo of Alodia in costume, I can’t help but stare in awe. Just look at her:
Alodia was only 15 years old when she started cosplaying. She started off as a Ragnarok Online Priestess and her parents helped her with the costs of her costumes. Unfortunately, as time went by and the costumes got more detailed and more intricate (and more expensive), it came to a point where they said it was getting too expensive. That’s when Alodia started saving her allowance and started doing art commissions to fund her cosplays.
Alodia shares that she usually chooses who she will cosplay based on the games she is currently playing. However, there are some times when her friends recommend certain characters to her, as well, because they think she shares similar features with those characters.
So, what are her tips for newbie cosplayers? “It would be great to start with simple characters,” she suggests. “Then, little by little, take on more challenging ones.” If you want more tips and advice or would like to see more cosplayers’ works, Alodia also recommends visiting this active international cosplay group on Facebook that she is a part of called Cosplay Circle: http://fb.com/groups/cosplaycircleinternational
She also shares that she gets her basic cosplay needs like contact lenses from Eye Candy Shop and wigs from Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop. Of course, if you’d like to see Alodia and other awesome cosplayers strut their stuff, or maybe even talk to some of them for inspiration, you can always get your eyes full at AsiaPop Comic Con this August 25-27!
What about you? Are you a cosplayer or do you have any cosplayer friends? Tag them – we’d love to interview them, too! :)