Spanish seamstress Chiquitita cosplay, flew in for an interview to discuss her cosplays, love of history and hats.
How did you become involved in cosplay and conventions?
I’ve always loved anime and manga and when I found out about MCM Expo in 2008, I got so excited and started Cosplaying since then.
What is your favourite cosplay and why?
Bulma and Sailor Moon because they are closest to my heart. I grew up watching them as a child and I still do. I’m very excited about the new Sailor Moon series!
What future cosplays can we expect to see from you?
I’ve got such a long list, but one that I’ll make soon is Morrigan from Darkstalkers since it’s been requested so many times.
What do you find the most challenging part of making your cosplays?
Armour and props, I think I need to dedicate more time to it.
Chiquitita cosplay is known for her love of hats! Do you have a favorite?
I love making hats, my most favourite one is a Duchess of Devonshire fox hat I made.
When you’re not cosplaying or at a convention what can we find you doing?
I work as a Theatre costume designer, specialising in corsetry and millinery, so lots of sewing daily. My hobbies are flamenco and belly dancing.
Have you ever been to a Spanish convention?
I’ve never been to any because most of them are very far from the part of Spain I’m from. As for the Cosplaying culture, it’s totally growing but it’s no way as big as England!
Chiquitita cosplay loves history, who is your favourite historical figure?
I’ve always been fascinated with Henry VIII and Tudor history, what I find especially interesting is the story of his six wives. I’ve also got a bit of a historical crush on Charles II, I would have loved to have been his Spanish mistress
Do you see cosplay just as a hobby, or something that could progress into a professional career?
Cosplay for me is just a fun hobby and where I hang out with my friends.
What are your opinions towards ‘sexy cosplays’?
I think everyone should have creative freedom – its fun to be creative but any adaptation you make should fit the character. I never like it when my favourite characters have been twisted into some porn thing, but a bit of raunchiness or fan service is OK.
What advice would you give a first time convention goer?
Just have fun and be yourself, sometimes people think they won’t be accepted but it’s a fun and loving community.
To view Chiquitita’s other cosplays and her latest news visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChiquititaCosplay
All photographs used are official Chiquitita Cosplay images taken by Dan Mulcahy unless stated otherwise.