We’re back like the Trash man on Thursday with another installment of Interview with a cosplayer! This week we stop in the ever so soulful Memphis Tennessee to check out Bunni of Bunni Cosplay. This young lady has the distinction of being one of the very first Cosplayers I’ve ever followed on social media. And with such Cosplay superstars like YaYa Han and Jessica Nigri on the list I follow that’s really saying something! With designs ranging from downright adorable to downright scary this Cosplayer definitely has it and flaunts it. More importantly she devotes her Cosplay to kids in need and for that I give her mad props! Lets do this!!!!
What is the Cosplay scene like in Memphis?
It’s not very active and there isn’t much of a presence in Memphis. It’s kind of a medium amount I guess? There are a lot of young cosplayers who are just starting, so I can see it becoming something more later on. Right now though? There isn’t a whole lot happening, since everyone just kinda does their own thing. Although, the cosplay group with the most presence in the city, that I’m aware of, would be Cause-Play Memphis. CPM is a group of costumers who do charity visits to places like Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Target House, as well as other events around the city.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
I wanted to dress up as my favorite characters because I love them so much. Through that, I started meeting a lot of people, including some of my closest friends. Eventually it turned into me wanting to have more of a purpose cosplaying, which is when I began cosplaying for charity.
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
STAR BUTTERFLY! I relate to her the most out of any character I’ve seen, and she’s just so awesome! Princess Peach, the Cheshire Cat, and Wolfwood are other favorites of mine as well.
Can you tell me what it took to make this particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
In reference to Star Butterfly, I commissioned my dress from my aunt at Weird Wear Creations. I bought the squid patch from Moggi Latte Studios on Etsy. Everything else was made by me. I sculpted her horned headband from moldable plastic, and painted it red. I styled the wig myself. I designed my tights and printed them through my fashion line MinZ Print / Bunni Designs. I altered a pair of platform boots by shortening the length, sculpting the horns on the toes, and hand painting the teeth and eyes. I painted a star-shaped purse, added googly-eyes, as well as a new strap. The most time consuming part of the costume was her wand. I built it out of pvc, polymold, a Christmas ornament and worbla. I hand-painted it, and then hand-glued over two thousand rhinestones onto it. There are also skittles inside the handle! I also have a makeup tutorial over on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/lovelibunni
I try not to add how much it costs me all up, since that number will just make me cry haha. All-in-all it was a pretty pricey costume. I also don’t really keep track of how long it takes me to work on these things, since I work on them off and on for months.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
I don’t really have a who, but my biggest inspiration in general is just bringing my favorite characters to life.
What are the biggest cons in Memphis right now?
Which one is your favorite?
My favorite convention in general is Anime Weekend Atlanta, since I get to see so many of my friends that live far away. Although I usually prefer smaller conventions.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
I was driving down one of the busiest streets in Memphis in my convertible as Princess Peach, with my friend dressed as Mario in the passenger seat. We were blaring the Star Power song from Mario Kart, when a little girl in the car next to us popped her head out of the window and yelled “I love you so much Princess Peach!”
What is your cosplay horror story?
I don’t really have any cosplay horror stories, per se. I do get the occasional hate that comes with having any online presence, and I’ve my fair share of costume malfunctions. I’m very fortunate to not really have had any terrible experiences that had to do with cosplay.
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
I definitely think it’s taking off more and more! I see WAY more people cosplaying now than when I started about ten years ago. I can only see it increasing in the coming years. Which is awesome because more resources become available and affordable the more popular it grows!WR
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