Another Canadian cosplayer today on the blog! Faded Cosplay is an amazing person and you can read all about her adventures in cosplay and cannabis below!
Hello there my name is Skyeler Vonn, I go by Faded or Faded Cosplayer. I am a 23 year old model gone amateur cosplayer. My pronouns are she/her.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
When I was 15/16 I started modeling and after a few years I realized i love it but I wanted something more, where I can be free to be myself, express myself and my quirks and best of all- dress how I wanted. Cosplay was the most incredible thing to me, it was like a mixture of what I loved to do with having the freedom to do what you loved all while being your true nerdy self. I messed around with cosplay a few times but I'd say I started taking cosplay as a serious hobby in May of 2020.
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
I really liked how people would use a name and also add cos or cosplay to it. It got the message across right away what you were about. So I knew I wanted that part in the name.
My main schtick is that every time I do a set in cosplay I always smoke cannabis. I am a cannabis advocate and try incorporate that in my Instagram account. I thought bringing these two things together was not only fun- but also different. I didn't exactly want to call myself the high cosplayer or stoned cosplay. In my opinion the word Faded just seemed to have a ring to it. Thus began Faded Cosplay!
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
By day I work at one of my family's businesses, an Rv parts and repairs company. I do have my little side hustles going on, trying to do my own thing in a sense. In my spare time I love to read, craft, game out, paint, and go exploring- hopefully when we get back to somewhat normal from this pandemic, I can continue to explore this amazing world of ours.
What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
My proudest cosplay accomplishment would be my Subzero/Elsa Mashup cosplay. It was my first time sewing an outfit but I also had the help of my mother by my side. (I think that's a big reason why I also love it so much) it was also my first time making any armor for a specific cosplay. It turned out great and it also got published in the 2nd issue of the cosplay double double magazine!
(Bree also got to put a magic touch on this cosplay with her intense editing skills)
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Omg that's a hard one. I feel like with social media I'm also exposed to so many more amazingly talented people everyday its really hard to name the top idols. I feel like the top dogs like Yaya Han, and Jessica Nigri are amazing and have incredible inspirational talents but I also have idols and inspiration from alot of other local artists as well. If I had to name off one, CanadianComicCutie is the reason I truly stepped into cosplay. It's hard to explain but she made me feel like I could do it, and when I did, I never looked back. She has also helped me through so many learning curves, helping me get better and more knowledgeable, and has overall helped me grow into the cosplayer I am now.
What is your dream cosplay? Why haven't you made it yet?
My dream cosplay is a fully armored Charizard! It has lights throughout the entire outfit with a large swinging tail, mobile wings and it blows fire. Intense right?! I haven't made it yet due to funds and time. I have worked on little mini things here and there slowly building it throughout the months. I hope to be able to have this cosplay completed for 2022-2023 cons!!
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
I haven't formed any peeves yet- but I'm sure they will come in time. There is always the classic- the cosplay breaks/malfunctions in an area that nobody would know or notice without you mentioning ... but you know... you know in your heart.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
You can't cheat time. Sometimes cosplays take time- patience is key. I had to make my Gastly cosplay 8 times because of my impatience and other errors. When the glue says It takes 24 hours to dry... wait 30. And even if you think you really messed it up like I did.. I got practice out of it, experience and learned 8 different ways of how not to do a paper mache head.
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
You can do anything and be whoever you want to be. I know it sounds incredibly cheesy but you really can. Life is way too short not to pursue your passions and dreams. For fear or for any reason. Show people who you are. Anybody can act plastic, but it can be really hard and freeing to be your authentic true self.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
Have you ever put butter on a pop-tart? It's so friggen good.
What social platforms can we find you on?
Instagram: @fadedcosplay (in my bio there is a link tree to all my other socials) I am also on Tiktok, Facebook, Onlyflamingos, and Facebook
An inspiring person!! Make sure you check her out on all things social!! Wanna be my next feature? Send me a DM on any platform!!! I'm happy to get you out there!!!