Hearing about cosplay from Costume SuperCenter is one thing, but the folks here wanted to give the visitors to our blog a better look into the costuming community.

That’s why we’ve decided to start Cosplay Convo – Exclusive interviews with models from our team of cosplayers, talking about their experiences in cosplay, their future plans and why they continue to work with CSC. This week, we sat down with RiRi, who writes for the nerdy blog “Lifted Geek,” and recently took CSC’s Female Green Player costume and turned it into an adorable Luigi.

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Costume SuperCenter: What was the first convention or cosplay event you ever attended? Did anything specific happen at that convention that made you say “Wow. I want to keep doing this.”?

riri2RiRi: My very first convention was our local Seattle anime convention, Sakura Con, in 2007. I cosplayed as Misa Amane from Death Note. What really hooked me was the amount of compliments I received from the attendees about how they really loved my version of Misa. I had never interacted with so many people in my life at the same time, and it was just a great way to meet new friends and hang out!

CSC: What was your first cosplay? Was it something particular that inspired you to make your first costume?

RiRi: My first cosplay was Misa from Death Note. This cosplay was compiled from existing items in my closet actually, and my friend who got me into all this helped modify parts of it outfit.

CSC: Obviously, a lot of American cosplayers are hesitant to work with costume retailers as opposed to creating their own outfits by hand. What were your thoughts when you were first contacted by CSC?

RiRi: I actually felt really relieved. It was like a break from making my cosplays. More importantly, it was the perfect time to promote the idea that anyone can cosplay anything they want, whether it’s a store bought costume or a hand made one. Some people have the idea that it is only “cosplay” if you make your own, but by definition, that is not true.

CSC: For CSC, you decided to wear our Female Green Player costume, which, obviously, strikes a resemblance to Nintendo’s Luigi. What made you pick that particular costume, and what was the feedback from your fans like? Did they enjoy it?

RiRi: I picked this costume because I felt like we really just didn’t have enough female Luigis out there! I made a female Mario a few years back, and figured it would be the perfect time to do Luigi. My fans loved this costume on me! Considering Luigi is usually the taller brother in the game, I portrayed Luigi as like… a chibi female Luigi, so everyone just thought I was incredibly pocket sized and cute.

CSC: How do you keep yourself engaged with your fans and followers? What’s it like meeting them at conventions?

riri3RiRi: Keeping myself engaged with my followers usually involve actually replying back to them when they have commented. I think it’s important to engage with them in conversation especially if they are complimenting me in my photo. Meeting them at conventions makes me happy – to even be recognized is a big step for me! It’s also a really great way to put a face to those who have been actively commenting on my photos.

CSC: What are your future cosplay plans? Is there anything specific that your fans can look forward to?

RiRi: Currently, my plan for 2015 involves a pretty big project – I’m challenging myself to make a bunch of moogle plushies for FF13 Lightning’s Moogle Garb.

CSC: Overall, how would you grade your collaboration with Costume SuperCenter? Hopefully, you enjoyed working with us as much as we enjoyed working with you!

RiRi: On a scale of one-to-ten… 15! It was great working with CSC and I hope that we can work together again ! I think it’s really fantastic that CSC reaches out to us cosplayers, because like I said, it’s a great way to let everyone know in the cosplay community that it’s OK to buy costumes for cosplay.