1979551_670915656300978_6871161632536204453_nAlexandria the Red is a professional cosplayer and sometimes model, who loves gaming, comics, movies, cosplay, and Disneyland. She is also comicimpact.com’s 2012 October cosplay girl of the month. So rather its looking like Mary Jane Watson or Poison Ivy, she always looks her best and gives it her all. Luckily I was able to get her to break away from her busy schedule for a few moments to answer some questions.

Mr. Incredible: For those who may not know…what got you into Cosplay?

Alexandria the Red: I first discovered cosplay in 2011 at the Harry Potter release. I used clothes from my closet to cosplay as Bellatrix Lestrange and received a great response. A girl I met at the movie told me she liked my costume and asked if I ever went to conventions or cosplayed. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I did a bit of research and attended my first convention, Wondercon 2012. I had such an amazing time and met many people who are still my friends today.

Mr. Incredible: Do you remember the first Cosplay you ever saw?

Alexandria the Red: I joined cosplay.com and discovered Annisee Damefatale’s latex Silk Spectre II cosplay. I was blown away by the craftsmanship and instantly formed a fan girl crush. Oddly enough, we are friends today.

Mr. Incredible: Which Cosplayers influence or inspire you?10250287_689629914429552_5710439920812518701_n

Alexandria the Red: I am a huge fan of Abby Dark Star because she is a perfectionist. She puts so much time and energy into even the simplest cosplays. And they always come out so well! Another creative individual I look up to is Kassandra Leigh Purcell. Her costuming, modeling, and photography are top notch. Her fantasy cosplays are my favorite.

Mr. Incredible: How do you feel about the acceptance that Cosplay has been receiving?

Alexandria the Red: I think that it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s wonderful that cosplay and the geek world are getting as much attention as they are. The general public is now more accepting of us. I never imagined I would see Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise at Disneyland. On the other, when a trend or a style goes mainstream, there are always individuals who want to exploit that trend.

Mr. Incredible: How do you feel about the people getting into cosplay because of its new found main stream acceptance?

Alexandria the Red: I think that it’s wonderful, as long as they are doing it for the right reasons. That being said, I think the “fake geek” witch hunt needs to stop. It doesn’t matter if someone hasn’t played all three of the games, or read the novels, or every comic book ever written. The important thing is that more and more people are becoming interested in a hobby that was once considered out of the ordinary.

Mr. Incredible: Does Cosplay affect the way you look at a holiday like Halloween?

Alexandria the Red: To a cosplayer, every day is Halloween. I spend all year making costumes so I consider Halloween my day off.

Mr. Incredible: How does your family, friends and those you did feel about your Cosplaying?

Alexandria the Red: Most of the people I know have been extremely supportive of my cosplays. The only real exception is my mother. She thinks that cosplay is a waste of time and money. It’s really hard sometimes, when I want her to be proud of what I’ve created and she only focuses on the negative aspects. The amount of attention I’ve received for my sexier cosplays also makes her uncomfortable.

Mr. Incredible: When you first got started, did you ever think you would have the following that you do now?

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Alexandria the Red: I never imagined that my page would hit 1,000 likes, let alone 25,000. It’s scary, because so many people are looking at me, but it’s wonderful at the same time. I’ve had so many people message me and tell me that I inspire them in one way or another. And that’s all I want. To inspire people. When someone leaves my page, I want them to feel good.

Mr. Incredible: Who are the characters that you love to Cosplay as?

Alexandria the Red: I really enjoy wearing Daenerys Targaryen because I feel so much for her character. But that’s the case with all of my cosplays. I can’t muster the energy to work on a cosplay for several months if I don’t care about the character.

Mr. Incredible: How does social media play a part of how you connect to your fans?

Alexandria the Red: Social Media is a huge part of connecting with my fans. I maintain social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I know that most people favor different platforms and I want to make sure that I reach everyone. I try to post a variety of content so that I appeal to different interests. I receive about 100 messages in my Facebook inbox per day and I answer all of them. I want to maintain my down to earth attitude and I feel that communicating with fans is a great way to do so.577328_611199178939293_1187556533_n

Mr. Incredible: Now what came first the modeling or the Cosplaying?

Alexandria the Red: The cosplay came first! I used to to make my own costumes for dances and events back in high school. But I have always been uncomfortable having my photo taken. Cosplay helped me to open up and feel more confident in front of a camera.

Mr. Incredible: What is your geekiest guilty pleasure?

Alexandria the Red: Playing marathon games of League of Legends while stuffing my face with hot cheetos and diet coke.

Mr. Incredible: What comics are you currently reading?

Alexandria the Red: Impatiently awaiting the release of Lady Mechanika #4. I also love Rat Queens lately.

Mr. Incredible: Give me five movies that no matter what you are doing or what part of the movie you come in on…you have to sit and watch it till the end?

Alexandria the Red: Any of the Harry Potter films, Rocky Horror Picture Show, V for Vendetta, Return of the Jedi, and Sucker punch

Mr. Incredible: Thank you once again for taking time out to do this interview. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans and readers?

Alexandria the Red: Just that I appreciate the love and support I’ve been given over the past couple years. I’m so thankful for the kind words I’ve received through comments and messages. I read all of them, and take them to heart.

For more on Alexandria the Red, check out:

http://www.alexandriathered.storenvy.com/  http://instagram.com/Alexandriathered

https://twitter.com/Alexandriathred  https://www.facebook.com/AlexandriatheRed/

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Photo Credit: Cesar Vivid Photography, Geri Kramer, Frank Peralta, Eric Estrada Photography, York In A Box