Conversations with Cosplayers: Disney Princesses

This morning I sat down with Dame Deadly, Briar Rose Cosplay, Jolly Holly Cosplay and Cosplay Choreography to chat about cosplay, and in particular, what it is like to be a Princess cosplayer.

BR: My princess friends and I always joke that if your makeup doesn’t start to look drag makeup before you put your wig on, then you’re doing something wrong!

CC: I remember the first make-up test I did for vamp Merida looked horrendous, but then with the wig on it almost didn’t look like enough!

DD: I can vouch for that. With Winnie one of my friends was like “oh my god it’s too much” and then the wig went on and they were like “oh it works”.

BR: Obviously you don’t have to wear them, but false eyelashes (and circle lenses if you’re doing animated versions as opposed to parks) always take princess makeup to the next level.

CC: But it’s important to remember that no one is an actual Disney princess, so don’t compare yourself to others and just be super happy with your own progress and achievements, and the unique cosplay of you as that princess.

BR: The great thing about princess cosplay is that there are so many different versions you can use as inspiration. You can go all out animated, or go for the parks versions, and then there’s all the dolls and fan art and concept art.

DD: Also don’t ever be worried that you aren’t the right “mould” of human to do it. Disney is all about love and joy, and you can do that at any age, orientation, size or gender.

BR: There’s literally something for every skill level and taste. If you want to make your costumes, start with the ‘town’/’peasant’ dresses. Remember, no one starts cosplay and immediately knows how to make a Disney ball gown!

CC: If you are in cosplay, don’t be rude to children and don’t act shocked if they want to come up and talk to you because oh wow, you’re dressed as a princess! It is bound to happen.

JH: Yes, a real princess is beautiful in the inside more than the outside. It’s how she carries herself and treats others that is more beautiful than her physical beauty.

DD: I remember in May I was so nervous to be a princess but the kids I met didn’t notice that I was different. There was one little boy, when we were walking back, who clicked that I was a guy and he got so excited! Kids don’t really care, they haven’t been taught prejudice yet.

BR: The Disney cosplay community is very over saturated, and the park characters have set a very high standard for real life interpretations of their animated characters, so you really do have to remind yourself not to compare your chapter 1 to someone elses chapter 20.

JH: Princesses come in all shapes and sizes and skin colours.

BR: Yes, following on from what Holly said, children won’t see things like size, they just see their favourite character standing it front of them.

DD: Nothing compares to the feeling of being your favourite princess. I remember when Holly was first Belle, she got really emotional and when I did Ariel it was the same.

JH: Yes! That feeling is like no other.

A big thank you to Matthew, Megan, Holly and Natalie for giving up their time to chat with me today. If you have any questions, leave them below.


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