How are you doing, you fancy cosplayers and photographers?
First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR
!! We've been so busy on December, that's why the activity kinda stopped here on DA but we're back with new ideas, new featured cosplayers, new interviews and the new Face of KoreWaCosplay
! Meet Kimberly, a dedicated and committed mother and wife, a humble person with a huge talent! Someone that never looks down on others even if she's clearly more talented than them. An admirable woman with a heart of gold! That's Kim. Someone that has helped a lot of people, an inspiration a rolemodel! The one who encouraged others to start or to continue cosplay and follow their dreams.
Someone as talented as her with such personality clearly deserves to be what represents KoreWaCosplay. She's got everything we were looking for and she passed every secret test without knowing!KWC:
How do you feel about winning this contest and knowing that your face will be all over KWC for the next months?Kim:
It’s my first time entering and winning a contest so it’s a big honor and fresh excitement to me. To be the face of KWC pages, I feel very special and also happy for my photographer (Zarli Win) because he did bunch of hard works and deserves to share this honor with me. KWC:
Why did you enter the contest?Kim:
I wanted to see how many people would like my cosplay and how they’d accept a woman cosplaying a man (Connor Kenway), and I wanted to make more cosplayer friends from all over the world, so I can earn more experience from them. KWC:
What’s your opinion about KWC? Would you change or suggest anything?Kim:
I think KWC is a great place to discover unknown/ none-famous cosplayers, I mean lots of us are super talented and humble compare the famous cosplayers. We share our cosplay knowledge with each other, I think it’s wonderful.
I am hoping maybe in the future we can open more cosplay-related topics to discuss such as prop making, makeups, or even poses for photography. I like how people talk about their cons experience already! KWC:
We’ve noticed that you have tons and tons of cosplays! How many do you have? Do you craft them yourself or buy them (or both)?Kim:
I have done a lot of cosplay, but I retire some of them right after the photoshoot. I do both shopping and crafting. Because I have lots of cosplay goals, if I can save time and money by just buying them, why not? So I can save more time craft those I can’t buy.
I have done tons of Assassin’s Creed cosplays, it’s my icon now. I also have done Naruto
series (tons of them), Bleach, Resident Evil, Tomb Rider, D, Gray Man
…etc. Resident Evil
Bertha cosplay: KWC:
Tell us about Kimberly Studio
.Kim: Kimberly Studio
is a non-located studio, I started to do regular makeup and photography first, then cosplay makeup and photography. The makeup page basically shares products and methods; the photography page is for posting people’s cosplay that I shot. Our goal is to help those wonderful cosplayers to have high quality photos of themselves.
The full name of Kimberly Studio
is Kimberly Studio- The Art and Creation Cosplay
.I like to do some cross-play, to gather bunch of cosplayers and create story-like photos. That’s the most fun part of this studio.
My most proud production was Walking Dead
, I was the photographer director and gathered nearly 70 people involve this production. I connected fashion and cosplay communities to work on this big project. Lots of makeup artist, costumers, photographers, and models got to earn their portfolios after this. KWC:
Why do you think you won?Kim:
I guess because I have help lots of friends in cosplay community by doing their makeup and shooting pictures of them, so they helped me out this time by leaving so many great comments. The costume (Connor Kenway) itself was a well-known character and the outfit is complicated. The photographer Zarli Win also did a great job capturing the photos. It took more than just me to win. KWC:
Do you think you deserve to be the international face of KWC?Kim:
I hope so. I am an Asian who cosplay both Asian and American anime/game/movie characters, and I just moved from Hawaii to Taiwan, which means I can help more people in Asian community now. KWC:
Were you rooting for somebody else during the contest? Kim:
I did “like” a bunch of contestants and asked them some questions about their costumes, also talked about cosplay experience, not sure if this is considered rooting. KWC:
What are your cosplay plans for 2013?Kim:
I have several lists going on already. I am gonna upgrade my Brotherhood
Ezio armor, some cross-playing, and a few anime character such as Black Butler
. My brother and I want to do Army of Two
and Modern Warfare
cosplay. I already join several cosplay group in Taiwan and looking forward to work with new friends. I am going to fly back to Hawaii for Kawaii Kon 2013, I will bring my Connor and Bertha costume, and one secret costume.
Ezio cosplay: KWC:
Do you feel judged by others for cosplaying even though you have a family?Kim:
I am mostly judged by elderly people, they don’t understand cosplay at all. But my family supports me, my dad is my main photographer right now, my mom helps me to make costumes sometimes, and my brother Ed Kao is still my cosplay partner, my son also cosplay with me once a while, and my husband helps me by watching the kid when I can’t. Most of the people think it’s great that my family is doing this together. KWC:
Would you like to tell us anything else you think is relevant for people to know?Kim
: I want to thank those who also enter the contest, they are very friendly to me when I tried to talk to them, not to mention they are all very talented! I also want to thank my friends and those I don’t know for voting for me, it means a lot.
I want to tell people don’t ever let anything make you turn away form cosplaying, it’s supposed to be something that makes you happy. Just remember there are tons of people that appreciate your hard work. Just like my students love my Naruto cosplay, when I see their happy faces, I just don’t care about those people judged me in the past c:
Naruto cosplay: KWC:
Any tips for the new cosplayers?Kim:
I think to start a cosplay, try to pick a simple outfit that you can make or just buy it. Study the detail of the outfit including props, hair, and makeup (if needed). If there’s anything you can’t do, YouTube or some website have tons of tutorials, or ask experienced cosplayers (if they are not divas lol). Work on your expression and poses before photoshooting or cons, so you won’t get nervous when people ask for pictures. To do cosplay well, my best advice is ask questions, there’re always people willing to help.
When you feel more confident, you will be able to move on more costumes! KWC:
Where can people follow your work? Give us a list of websites or social networks where we can follow you.
Kimberly Studio makeup: [link]
Kimberly Studio Cosplay: [link]