Attracting Attention

Thursday, 1 April 2010, 10:00 | Author : Janet
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One of the most horrific cosplay costumes I have ever witnessed was worn by an overweight man dressed in a leotard and a cheap blonde wig.  Despite his lack of sex appeal, I would watch him with gross fascination as he strode through the crowds.  He was attempting to cosplay the famous character Serena from Sailor Moon.  Unfortunately, his scratchy beard and unshaven legs left much to be desired.  Although I have not seen him for a couple of years, this man used to be a legend at FanimeCon.

A handful of men view crossplay as an opportunity to flaunt the differences between men and women.  Their crossplay calls attention to feminine sex appeal by grossly distorting the appearance of female characters.  I have grown accustomed to seeing a flat-chested Tifa (Final Fantasy VII) and a Man-Faye (Cowboy Bebop) wearing bright red lipstick.  Truthfully, I can’t blame their rebellious acts of crossplay – few female characters have masculine characteristics, so it is difficult for men to take this form of cosplay seriously.

Nevertheless, I would like to give some tips to adventurous male crossplayers: shave your legs and face; wear high heels; lengthen your body with long outfits; and enhance your chest with water-filled bras.  This will at least provide you with the illusion of authenticity.

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