Sunday, November 8, 2015

Q&A Interview with Danielle Beaulieu

League of Legends is one game that definitely provides a lot of opportunity for cosplayers to showcase their skills because new champion skins are constantly being released which gives them seemingly perpetual material to work with. The same champion can be cosplayed in two, three, even four or more vastly different outfits.

Photo by  Steve Yang Photography
Danielle Beaulieu is world famous for her League of Legends cosplays and hands down one of the most talented out there. Danielle has cosplayed as some fan favorite characters like Caitlyn (her Caitlyn is insanely good – be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article to see it) and Katarina as well as other characters you don’t see all too often such as Fiddlesticks and Taric. Who else could pull off a genderbent Fiddlesticks and make it work so well? I recently sat down with Danielle to talk about the game and her cosplaying.

How did you first get into cosplaying?

I used to make costumes with my dad for Halloween, which turned into making costumes of my favorite Pok√©mon and anime characters. When I was thirteen or fourteen years old, my friend introduced me to my first anime convention and we both went as Kingdom Hearts characters (our obsession at the time). I’ve been going to Anime Boston every year now for a decade!

Photo by Anna Cosplay Photography
Who would you say is your favorite champion from League of Legends?


Photo by Anna Cosplay Photogrpahy
Which champion is the most OP in your opinion? Which should Riot buff?

I think Annie is pretty overpowered… and they should buff her.

Do you have any future plans to cosplay other LoL champs?

Oh of course. Whenever new skins come out I get kind of annoyed because I HAVE to put them on my cosplans list. I just have to!

What is the most difficult part about cosplaying?

People on the internet being mean. Either that or texting. Most costumes make it extremely hard to use a phone.

How long does a cosplay outfit typically take to create? Which of your past cosplays took the longest?

Photo by Sean's Photography
The longest I spent on a cosplay was seven months. That was Arcade Hecarim. Most of my cosplays take between two weeks and two months to finish. The one I am working on right now has taken me four-ish months though.

What are some of your other favorite anime/video games?

I am really into Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers right now. I grew up with Inuyasha and crushing on all the boys in the series. As for video games, Kingdom Hearts is really nostalgic for me and I hold it dear to my heart but World of Warcraft is practically my entire life. I have YEARS of time logged on that game.

What do you like to do for fun outside of gaming and cosplaying?

Sleeping and making fun of my fat dog while she wags her tail because she doesn't realize I am insulting her. It's hilarious.

Photo by Xen Photography

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