anibee Features: Aza Miyuko!
The Singapore Toys, Games & Comics Convention (STGCC) had numerous great cosplayer guests on the list, one of whom was Aza Miyuko! We got to speak to the popular Korean cosplayer at the event:
anibee: What's "Aza" like outside of cosplay?
Aza: I am actually a major in Fashion Design, specifically on costumes for stage. I really love making costumes, which was the primary reason why I got into cosplay. I even made this costume myself!
anibee: How have you been finding the experience of being in an event like STGCC, where different cultures come together?
Aza: It's been really interesting and exciting for me! I don't get to see such kinds of events often, and it's really been an eye-opener.
anibee: How do you pick a character to cosplay as?
Aza: The first thing I ask myself is "Do I like this character?" which is by far the most important question!
After that, I consider how suitable I am to the character; be it physically, personality-wise etc. Of course, I do listen to fans' and friends' suggestions as well - they can be really helpful!
anibee: Cosplay has become more and more popular with younger fans these days and a common problem is that of parental approval. Have you ever run into this problem and how did you deal with it?
Aza: Yes, I have had this problem myself as well. When I first started cosplaying, I actually didn't tell my parents about it initially.
After a while, I eventually told them about it and talked it out. I reasoned with them that not only does cosplay help me meet people and make friends, but it's also really related and helpful to my major of Fashion and Costume Design. They approved of my cosplaying after this.
In the end, it's really about proper communication. If you calmly talk it out with your parents and explain your reasons, I'm sure you'll work something out!
anibee: With cosplay getting more mainstream attention and using celebrity cosplayers to promote events, there have been some who find that the hobby has been getting too commercialised. What's your stand on this?
Aza: For starters, I see myself as just another cosplayer and fan of the characters I dress as, and not as any kind of celebrity. I do understand why some people would think this way however, but I would prefer to look at it from a positive point of view.
I see my touring to overseas countries as a chance to share my love for cosplay with others, as well as to personally see and thank all my fans. It's also my chance to help other people understand cosplay better - and I am forever grateful to be in a position that allows me to do this!
Photos courtesy of Brian Lim!