If you’re a regular reader of Gamma Squad, then you know that there is an impressive number of extraordinary cosplayers out there. That said, I don’t I’ve seen a cosplayer that more closely resembles the character they’re dressed up as than Belle Chere. Whether she is dressed up as Ivy from “SoulCalibur”, She Hulk or Vampirella, Belle Chere’s appearance is shockingly dead on.
I chatted with Belle Chere via email about cosplaying, comic conventions and costume making. Keep reading to check out the interview and photos of some of her most amazing costumes.
All images via Belle Chere’s Flickr.
Gamma Squad: What advice do you have for cosplayers who would like to try and cosplay professionally?
Belle Chere: I apologize in advance: I’m going to derail this question. There seems to be a common misnomer between ‘professional’ and ‘popular’ when it comes to cosplay. Realistically, there are very, very few professionals (ie, people who are able to support themselves based off of profits they’ve earned from cosplaying) and I’m not one of them. I’ve been fortunate to be recognized enough to have my expenses paid for to attend a convention, but cosplaying is definitely not a source of income for me. I would not recommend trying to become professional – it’s a miniscule field with no room in it, even if your craft is flawless and your characterization impeccable. Enjoy costuming for what it should be: a hobby.