Character: Princess Peach
Series: Super Mario Bros
Costume by: snowtigra
One of the best things about cosplay is becoming that character, not just to yourself, but to the people around you. Yes, sometimes, people say nasty things if you are a certain race or body type, but other times, magic happens. I know it sounds cheesy calling it “magic” but there’s no other way to describe it.
Case in point: this picture.
While walking around a convention one day in my Peach cosplay (completely with frying pan, because I’m a strong, independent princess who don’t need no plumber savin’ me) I walked pass this kid dressed like a Power Ranger. The kid stopped, stared at me, and I smiled and waved to him. He immediately ran up to me and was like, “Are you Princess Peach?!” I smiled more and said, “Yes, I am.” He was so incredibly happy, like, he actually believed that I was Princess Peach, like I had walked out of the video game to walk around the hallway at an anime convention.
It’s here that I realize that despite the nasty things that are said about cosplayers sometimes, for whatever reason, the true beauty of doing this is for moments like that, when someone really, truly believes that this character is real. They don’t look at race, size, gender, or things like that. They don’t care. To them, you really are that character, and you just made their day a thousand times better.
So I knelt down, wrapped my arm around him, and he put on his Power Rangers mask so we could take a picture with him. Afterwards, he proceeded to demonstrate some awesome Power Ranger moves for me, to which I just smiled and clapped for him before his sister smiled and told him that they should be on their way. Then, she thanked me, because she knew that I had made that kid’s day.
To which I replied, “No, thank you.”