Bulma Briefs, on 03 May 2014 - 06:30 AM, said:
Since last ACen I'm happy to say that I lost about 20-30lbs, which I feel great and I've actually developed a really nice workout routine that I'm able to keep up with and I've been eating a lot healthier. I wanted to try a more revealing outfit this year to celebrate my newly lost weight and healthier lifestyle (plus due to my weight I never felt comfortable doing a more "sexy" cosplay).
I'm still not near where I want to finally be for my weight so I'm kinda worried about people criticizing/judging me for not being "skinny enough" for my cosplay. I wore my new cosplay (which is Bulma's bunny outfit from Dragonball) at AMKE this year and got a lot of compliments, but I'm still really self-conscious (especially when I'm standing next to another awesome Bulma cosplayer who's much thinner than me). I talk to my husband about this, but he just says I look great. I was hoping someone would maybe have some advice or inspiration that I could use to help with the self-consciousness. The only thing I kept telling myself at AMKE is "at least I got the major boobage" and thinking about how much time I spent on all the details of my cosplay, but that doesn't exactly help much when I'm wearing tights and high heels and I'm worried about my stupid thighs. I'm sorry if it seems like I'm ranting/whining over nothing.
Wow that's great you lost so much! You should be so proud of yourself! Wear your cosplay with confidence and pride. Bulma is a strong, bold, self sufficient person. Try to emulate her personality! When you have a confident demeanor others will take notice.
I've never been a thin person, and I'm very self conscious of my tummy. My first cosplay ever was Paine from FF-X2, and I wore a tan tank top to make sure my belly was covered. I tried to put on her strong attitude, and like a magnet people flocked to take pictures with me. I was amazed at how just changing my demeanor to hers made me seem so confident to everyone around me. It didn't matter if I wasn't skinny, or unwilling to show bare skin. They loved my hair(spiked up with way too much spray and gray temporary color), my cosplay(which my mom helped me sew together because I suck at it), my sword(that my awesome friends made for me out of foam board), and me(because I acted confident in my cosplay even though the seams in my shorts were ripping and my feet hurt in those heels and I was scared that I would see another Paine that was thinner than me). I was scared since it actually was my first time to ACen and my first time cosplaying, but I just put on a confident attitude... and it somehow worked!
So if you've put together a great outfit for a character you really like then it shouldn't matter how thick or thin you are, or what shade of skin you have, or what shape your face is, or what tattoos you might have. Be confident of who you are and wear your cosplay with pride.