Cosplaying is an Art Form that sometimes comes to you when you least expect it; it sneaks up on you like a thief in the night, and you find yourself immersed in the world of Costume design and Dress up for the fun of it. We spoke to Dragon Baby T, and she told us about her journey to cosplay and what it means to her.
Tasha Allen has always been a lover of the Arts; for the longest time, she was a member of a dance crew called Dragon House, expressing herself through movement while answering the nickname Baby T. For as long as she can remember, her nickname has always been Baby T, and she loves it immensely; that, along with her love for Dragons, inspired the cosplay name she uses today. Dragon Baby T started cosplaying in 2020 during the height of the pandemic after her Friend Mitchie the doll (@mitchiethedoll) convinced her to do so as she had nothing much to do during covid. Her cosplay journey began like most others as she started cosplaying using a mix of store-bought items and some items in her closet, mixing and matching till she got it right. Although she has yet to perfect the art of creating costumes from scratch, she has begun making smaller items and props by hand to hone her crafting skills.
The California- Based Cosplayer has a massive support system consisting of her friends and family. They both cheer her own as she goes on this journey; they're constantly giving her ideas to cosplay and hyping her up when she cosplays any characters.
According to Tasha, the best part of cosplaying is the satisfaction that comes from putting a cosplay together; she said, "When all the pieces come together, it's so satisfying and seeing how much people love it makes me happy". She stated that the accolades that come after a cosplay is complete are also one of her favourite parts especially coming from people she knows.
When asked what keeps her going, she said it's thanks to the support from her friends. They are super supportive and always hype her up; she also mentioned that she gains strength from seeing other creators thrive in their art and grow as they do what they love.
Tasha chooses the character to cosplay based on her love for the character; she's always looking for unique characters with great costume designs and personalities. This is evident in her love for the Anime Bleach, from which she has cosplayed multiple characters since she began cosplaying.
Tasha shares her love for music and all things nerd culture on her social media and her cosplay journey. She's all for taking up space as a black woman and is living her best life doing what she loves. Some of her favourite anime include Hunter x Hunter and Bleach.
Dragon Baby T is one to watch in the cosplay community with a fantastic sense of humour as she shares the characters and things that have shaped her as a person telling an intricate story of who she is.
About the Author: Oluwatobi Omotoso is a writer, content creator, Social Media Manager, and marketing strategist. She's an avid treehugger and lover of all things sci-fi. She has been compared to the Joker in personality tests, and her friends lovingly call her a Megalomaniac.
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