Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Q&A Interview with Lux Avem

Where are you from?

Wake Forest, North Carolina and Staunton, Virginia (I bounce back and forth for college).

What are you majoring in?

Currently looking at majoring in Marketing and Communications with a focus on communications and possibly a minor in French.

When did you first start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying in 2016 at RTX.

How did you first become interested in cosplay?

I became interested when I saw Lux from League of Legends and was quite attached to her character.

What are some characters you have cosplayed?

Penny Polendina and Weiss Schnee from RWBY, Star Guardian Lux, Supergirl, and Panther from Persona 5.

Any future plans for characters?

Currently I am working on a Tamamo No Mae from Fate Grand Order.

What is your favorite part of cosplay?

My favorite part is the makeup and the community. I've made a lot of friends in the community and built up my own little family.

What about the hardest part?

The hardest part is the discrimination that happens in the community and balancing my own health and classes while working on costumes.

What do you mean by discrimination in the community? 

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There are a lot of issues on racism and body-shaming in the community that I have seen. PoC cosplayers don't get the same treatment as others and are often degraded by the community which includes calling them racial slurs. I also often see a lot of chubby cosplayers getting similarly poor treatment.

Are there any cosplayers that inspire you?

Honestly, I don't think I could count how many. Jessica Nigri and Meg Turney were two of the first ones for me, but now its a lot of my friends in the community like HelloBonehead and Sketching_Dinosaur.

What advice would you give to cosplayers just starting out?

Just be kind. Don't worry if your costume isn't as amazing as someone else's or if someone else is cosplaying the same thing "better" than you. Cosplay is only a competition if you're entering one. Just have fun and take care of yourself.

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Favorite movie? Video game? TV show? Band?

My favorite movie is Expelled from Paradise. I'm a big fan of Child of Light. I love Criminal minds and I think I've seen almost every episode. And my favorite band currently is The Oh Hellos.

Tell me something about yourself that nobody knows.

Lux is only my Tag name.

Where can fans find more of you?


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