Name or Instagram: Mary Stephens AKA. Mpoppins cosplay
Country/state: Kentucky, USA
Favorite cosplay and why: My favorite cosplay is my Duchess Satine from the animated Star Wars Clone Wars. It was my first really successful completion piece, and it was a fun challenge to build and still gets so much love 3 years later.
How long have you been cosplaying: I have been cosplaying for 5 years.
Do you make your own or commission: I make almost everything you see in my costumes from scratch.
Favorite thing about cosplaying: My favorite thing about cosplay are the challenge and reward of creating a new piece, but also the overwhelmingly welcoming community of cosplay... meeting new people, seeing old friends, and meeting my followers at conventions.
Next convention: My next convention appearances will be at Rathacon, Anime Ohio, and Cincinnati Comic Expo, and i'll also be attending Colossalcon, Dragon Con, and Motor City.
Best experience cosplaying: My best experience in cosplay is having been accepted into the Crown Championship of Cosplay at C2E2. I had the price to complete in the Needlework Category in 2017 & 2018 and placed both times in my category. To be included in that experience was such an honor.
Advice for new cosplayers: Advice I would give cosplayers is be kind to yourselves and others. We are always our own worst critics. Your skills will grow as you build new cosplays. If there is something you don't know, network with other cosplayers and eventually you will learn so many new things!
**Mary Poppins and Duchess Satine photos by the portrait dude, Maleficent photo by Alexandra Lee studios, miss fortune photo by Kiki Galaxi photography.