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WONDERVIXEN COSPLAY | ERIN’S STORY
WARNING! Some sensitive issues discussed in this description.
I’m honored to do my first commissioned Cosplay as Wondervixen, from Reynard Comics!
It was like a someone or something took control of my mind. The image in the mirror was never good enough. It started when I used food to composite my stressful situation at my Mom and Dad’s houses. As care taker to both disabled and abusive parents, I was drowning and I found comfort in food. To the point where at 3’5” I was 136 lbs. I’ll never forget the day my father layed it out to me. “Erin you’re fat I’m sorry but you’ll never be supermodel pretty.” That was it! I needed to show up my father and gain some semblance of control on my life! The restraint of food was my choice.
With the lack of each bit, the loss of another pound, and the view of a new bone prodding out was a powerful high. But I was completely miserable. I would starve myself for a day then binge to the point where I wanted to die from feeling so full the next. Looking in the mirror I’d fear the image staring back at me. What most people saw as a Skelton, I saw as a chunky and still needing to lose weight person whom I was never happy with. When I thought I had control I was actually spiraling out of it. It took losing my grandmother to snap me out of it and to fight. To realize that the life I was living was no life at all. Anorexia and body dysmorphia will always be apart of me but I have control over it, not the other way around. I’ve found self love no matter what I see in the mirror, because I know that what is in my soul is radiating with a magnificent beauty!
Wondervixen suffered as I did. She too battled with her control when she was injected with parasites to manipulate her self-esteem and cause her to spiral into body dysmorphia. She too finds that her true power lies in her heart and soul and is able to over power the evil that infested her.
Have you ever suffered from any eating disorder or body dysmorphia?
Find Erin Brooks on Twitter: @Erinsgobragh
Exclusive interview with Foxy Bop (conducted by Rob Turner)
As part of our Reynard City Patreon page, we offer a bunch of exclusive extras from just $1 per month. Now, thanks to our awesome Patreons, we have hit 10 backers, and so we thought we’d share a reward with everyone.
Here is an exclusive gallery of AK Girl pictures by cosplay artist Foxy Bop, who we had the fortune of interviewing below. We want to say a massive thank you to Foxy Bop, who was super professional throughout both the interview and the shoot!
When did you first start doing cosplay and what inspired you?
I first started cosplaying in May of 2015! I made friends with someone who did the most amazing cosplay of Commander Shepherd from Mass Effect and I got hooked on the idea of bringing characters to life!
What advice do you have for people who want to cosplay?
If you want to cosplay, just go for it! It doesn’t matter whether you think you won’t suit the character or not. Your love for them will shine through! I’m totally the wrong body shape for some of the anime characters I cosplay but hey, I feel badass cosplaying them!
How would you define cosplay?
I would define cosplay as bringing childish spirit into adulthood and revisiting thecharacters from your youth (and from today!) who inspired you.
How did you prepare for the AK Girl photo shoot?
For AK Girl I had to make a spandex bodysuit and then modify the trim to be more inkeeping with the comics. Then, I stitched the logo onto it I had traced (which wasn’t easy!). I got myself some fox ears and used kirby grips to attach them to a wig and stuffed a fox tail with padding and wire to make it stay in position.
Finally, I bought some brown contacts and face paint and went to town on it! Sounds an awful lot of work when you write it down!
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are going to include upgrading my crafting skills and trying my hand at foam construction. I’ll also be attending a lot more conventions! Hope to see you there!