Model Name: Ashly Marie Staples
Q. What’s your name, and care to tell a bit about yourself
Q. I notice that you cosplay, how long have you been cosplaying?
I started it last year. I cannot believe it has been a year already. Time flies by when you are having fun cosplaying and meeting new friends.
Q. What got you into cosplay?
I have wanted to cosplay since I started watching anime. I have watched anime for quite a few years now. I saw pictures on the internet and instantly wanted to do it. I couldn’t do much though because I didn’t have money at the time, and my parents wouldn’t understand it. They don’t understand it now, but that is ok. I love cosplay because it lets me be me.
Q. Do you have any modeling experience?
I have taken cosplay pictures ha ha. I am not sure if that counts or not, but I would love to get more practice in so I can take better pictures and have more modeling experiences.
Q. How has cosplaying changed your life?
Cosplaying has changed my life in so many ways. I will describe the two most important ways. The first one is that I have met some amazing people that are not only my friends, but they have become my Cosplay family. The second way is that it has brought my husband Tim and I closer together. I could have not asked of anything better and it has made us a better couple then we had been before.
Q. What are your plans for the future? Cosplay or Non-Cosplay.
My plans for the future to one day have kids, and go to college. I will also keep on Cosplaying and I will never stop at it.
Q. What’s your favorite cosplay so far?
My favorite cosplay so far would be Maka. The reason being is because, I am just like her. She needs friends to help her get through tough times and make her laugh. I have those friends, and then she has her partner Soul in which my husband cosplays. He helps me, how soul would help out Maka no matter what the path brought against them.
Q. What do you think was your least favorite cosplay, if any?
I do not have a least favorite cosplay. I love all of them.
Q. Do you have any plans to work with cosplay modeling or modeling websites?
It is on my wish list to work with cosplay modeling one day and I am going to work my way into it.
Q. Do you have any future cosplay ideas?
I have so many that I want to do. I am pretty sure everyone that cosplays knows what I am trying to say here.
Q. How do you go about creating a cosplay?
I go by characters and watch the anime, read the manga to see what their attitude is. I basically see who am I like, and look for a connection to the character.
1. What materials do you use or recommend to others?
Materials you say? Will I recommend trying all of them but make sure you have a reference picture so you can get the right material for your cosplay. If you don’t want to hand sew, use a sewing machine to get it done. Also make sure you measure everything, even your size. You don’t want your cosplay to small or too big.
Q. Do you have any hints or tips for other cosplayers?
Have fun when you are making your cosplay. Go to cons and make new friends. Always remember to take criticism lightly, and just remember there is always some ways to improve your cosplay. Always make your own props never buy them. Cosplay for you and not others and be yourself.
Thank you Ashly for answering our questions and for being this weeks featured Cosplay Friday cosplayer!