This week’s interview is with Maizy Marzipan, a cosplayer and alternative model who has been featured in several international publications.
Where are you from?
I am from Glasgow in Scotland.
How did you become interested in cosplay?
I have always enjoyed dressing up as characters from movies and games from a young age so before I even knew what cosplay was I was doing it! In terms of attending cons in cosplay, however, it has only been a few years.
So before you knew about cosplay you'd just dress up as movie characters in regular old every day life?
I wouldn't say in every day life but any kind of party I would demand people came dressed up. Any excuse I had to throw a costume party!
How long have you been cosplaying at conventions?
I've been unintentionally cosplaying for years but I would say that I first started creating costumes and taking part in cons around 2015.
Which LoL champions have you cosplayed so far?
I can't get enough of cosplaying League of Legends characters! It is my favorite game. The champions are all so full of life and character. So far I have cosplayed (in order) Teemo, Gnar, Bandit Sivir, Ahri, Nurse Akali, and Nidalee - my absolute dream cosplay would be Xayah so I am hoping to work on that in 2018!
Who is your favorite champion from League of Legends to play?
I adore playing League; I stream it almost every night of the week on Twitch, I met almost all of my friends as well as my boyfriend through League, too! Right now I love playing Malzahar (don't judge me please!) I also play Vel'koz a fair bit. I am a mid/support main and I am loving Blitzcrank and Braum ever since the ardent nerf in preseason.
So you met your boyfriend playing League? Seems like most guys' fantasy come true. Was it online? Can you tell me more about that?
I met my boyfriend at a fan meetup of ex pro player Snoopeh, and we became friends. I was shoutcasting local League tournaments and working events for Riot and we ended up at a few of them together. He's a League of Legends YouTuber (his channel is RossBoomsocks) and I am a streamer/cosplayer so it works out! We get to work and play together. I am currently forcing him to play support.
Do you play any video games other than LoL?
Right now I'm playing through Breath of the Wild and Danganronpa but I mostly play League just now.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Little Miss Sunshine is my absolute favorite film of all time!
What is your favorite part about cosplaying? What about least favorite part?
So far my least favorite thing would be the attitude of some of the community. I've found it to be pretty elitist and exclusive. I've worked in the modeling industry for three years and it's infinitely less nasty than my experience with the cosplay scene which really surprised me.
My favorite part though is the events! I love going to London and Glasgow MCMs and seeing all the amazing cosplays. London MCM feels like a whole other world and its fun to get lost in that.
The good outweighs the bad and a few elitist people don’t detract the joy I have for cosplay!
Outside of cosplay and video games, what are some of your other hobbies?
I do spend the majority of my time playing video games either as part of my stream or for leisure but I am a full time model for a job although I do regard that as a bit of a hobby.
Where can fans find more of you?
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaizyMarzipan/
On Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/maizymarzipan
And on Twitter at @MaizyMarzipan