Photo: Erik Pettersson

Photo: Erik Pettersson

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Nationality:

Swedish

How many years have you been cosplaying?

I made my first ever cosplay in 2007, but I have been cosplaying “seriously” since maybe around 2010.

How were you introduced to cosplay?

By accident, haha! I stumbled upon manga comics because I was a huge fan of Sailor Moon and Pokémon. I fell for manga at once and through my magazines and comic books, I first heard the term “cosplay”.

When I discovered what it was (via old Youtube-skits back when Youtube was barely a thing, haha) I fell for it like a rock. It seemed like so much fun and since I’ve always been creative and loved making things I wanted to try it out.

So me and a bunch of friends founded a cosplay group and basically closet cosplayed through the entire summer of 2007, hahaha. It was embarrassing, but probably one of the best summers in my life. Then we learned of conventions and after that, there was no stopping us…

What is your greatest achievement as a cosplayer?

I guess I could say that some of my greatest achievements were when I got to compete in the Swedish Cosplay Championship or the Nordic Cosplay Championship, or the fact that I nowadays work part-time as a cosplay reviewer and official cosplay-promoter, but honestly I think my greatest achievement has been creating myself and who I am today through cosplay.

Cosplay has given me so much; my best friends, my boyfriend, confidence, ways to channel my creativity, and I would certainly not have been who I am today without cosplay. So I guess my greatest achievement is actually discovering cosplay and allowing myself to endulge in it!

In your opinion, what is the the greatest thing about cosplay?

The community! No doubt. I love the little cyber-family I’ve become part of during all these years, be it at social medias or at cons. I often find the cosplay community so supporting and giving, and it truly feels like a large little family.

I also love how cosplay allows me to be creative and explore different techniques, materials and tools. And from time to time, it’s actually very nice to become someone else and tap into their pool of confidence or happiness, if only for a short while!

Which of your costumes is your favourite?

All and none, hahaha. I feel very attached to all of my costumes, but if I were to pick a few, I’d probably say our Siam (Silent Hill) cosplay that I made with my boyfriend, because it was so impossible, but somehow we managed to make it.

Same goes with my Malachite (Steven Universe) cosplay, which also felt impossible at times, but that actually worked in the end. But most fun lately I’ve had wearing Yellow Diamond (Steven Universe), Undyne (Undertale) and Kerillian (Vermintide).

Do you have a dream costume?

Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect 2 and Nabooru from Zelda: Ocarina of Time! Garrus, because it’s so hard to get it right with all the proportions, makeup, prosthetics and armor. Nabooru, because it was one of my dream cosplays back when I started and I’ve just never thought myself good enough to do it justice. I probably never will, haha!

What is your favourite convention memory?

All of them that includes my friends. While the sensation of winning a contest is probably one of the best feelings ever, the moments I’ve spent with my friends just hanging around, doing shenanigans or just taking stupid photos are probably the reason as to why I keep cosplaying.

I also love my cyber-family that consist of the people who follow my social medias, and the discussions, laughter and moments I share with them daily. Oh, and I met my boyfriend of seven years at a convention, that’s a pretty good memory too, haha.

What are you looking forward to when coming to Genki?

Everything! While I’ve been to Denmark numerous times before, I’ve never actually been to a convention there, so this will be my first time visiting as a cosplayer and con-goer! I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about Genki from my Danish friends, and I know Denmark has a lot of crazy good cosplayers, so I’m super excited to have a look at another country’s community, culture and conventions!

Any final words to our guests?

I’m looking forward to meeting you all so much!! I feel truly honored to be given this chance to come visit your con and I promise to do my best and really bring my A-game as a cosplay judge and lecturer. Really looking forward to Genki, hoping to meet you all and collect lots of good memories and selfies ♥