Another month, another super talented cosplayer! Read their full interview below!!
How and when did you get into cosplay?
Since I was little, I always loved to draw. I actually started designing Pokemon Gijinkas without really knowing what they were! I would draw human versions of Pokemon all the time! I started cosplaying in 2016, when a friend invited me to a local comic show. He had mentioned that a Pokemon voice actress would be there and that I should try to cosplay a Pokemon character. I ended up making a VERY early version of Sylveon. It turned out that the actress there was also the voice of Sylveon in the dub! She was so excited to see me, as I was the first Sylveon cosplayer she had ever met! I felt so validated that I decided to keep going.
I upgraded that cosplay a bit and took it to my first convention, New York Comic Con, which was soooo overwhelming! I saw so many great cosplayers and I felt like I needed to upgrade, which I did, for another comic con in 2017. I met an armored Flareon cosplayer there whose cosplay blew mine way out of the water and it was that moment I decided I could really do a lot more and thus my need for cosplay was officially ingrained in my brain.
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
Jettee is a persona I came up with when I was young. I used to write stories about this Jettee and her family and her adventures. She had jet-black hair, which is where "Jettee" comes from! When i was in first or second grade, some adult figure referred to me as the "girl with the jet black hair" and it just kind of stuck in my head. Lupe is my Spanish name, and has been an in real life nickname for over a decade, so I answered to it regularly well before I even began cosplaying, so it was a natural choice!
What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
Getting runner's up at the Anime USA masquerade in 2019. I sang my own version of "Let It Go" as I transformed from Eevee into an Elsa-themed Glaceon cosplay. I made both from scratch and it has been a dream skit to perform! I also received a craftmanship award for my Bloomix Bloom cosplay at the same show, which was huge since it was the hardest cosplay I made so far. It was just such an awesome time.
October is Halloween month! What's your take on halloween costumes vs cosplay, and wearing cosplays on halloween?
Looool I'm so lazy with Halloween! I have tried to wear cosplays to Halloween parties and just... no one gets it! I have even tried wearing more modest versions of my cosplays to normie cosplay contests and no one bats an eye. I just don't even want to waste my hard work on the normies! So now I just throw on cat ears haha.
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
You BB [Editor Note: Breezeeweezee Cosplay blushes intensely] <3 It always amazes me how you come up with SO MANY creative cosplays and TikToks!!
What is your dream cosplay? Why haven't you made it yet?
Pretty much all of the Winx Club transformations are goals. I have made 3 so far. They are just a LOT of work to make because the outfits are really intricate and the wings are huge and heavy. It's an engineering project as much as it is a sewing project! The other cosplay I would LOVE to make is Cure Happy/Glitter Lucky from the PreCure/Glitter Force series. The main reason I haven't tackled her yet it that wig!
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
As weird as it seems compared to all the creeper nonsense that goes on at cons, I REALLY hate the room parties. I just want to sleep when I get back to the room at midnight, especially when I have been up since 6AM and have worn 4 costumes in day. I don't want to hear you in the room next door until 5 AM. I always ask specifically to NOT be placed in the con block when I check in, but I usually still end up there.
The other thing I hate is crowding in the elevators. So many people have anxiety and small, cramped places can really trigger that. Also, many of us have big or fragile costumes (thinking about my Winx wings!), and it is really hard to fill the elevator without bumping and possibly damaging them.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Just the usual creepers taking pictures without permission or grabbing my side when they ask for a selfie. The only thing to really learn is to just be confident in letting them know what you are okay with. And let people know they should ask first next time. Just be kind and patient, if you can. Some con-goers literally have no idea.
Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Just. Do. It. And be sure to choose characters you LIKE to cosplay. No matter if you make, buy, thrift, commission - cosplay is time and money. Be sure to spend it on a character you actually like! Also, feel free to change a character's outfit to match your needs! No one is shaped like a Winx Club girl, and I certainly am not even close. I modified Bloom's Charmix outfit to fit my comfort level and body shape. I also modified the shoes for all 3 Bloom cosplays I have done. They always have these weird ridiculous heels. They can just FLY so they never need to walk in them! I can't do heels like that, especially for a long time at a con.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
I like glitter. <3
What social platforms can we find you on?
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