I really love Mitsukuni “Honey” Haninozuka from Ouran High School Host Club and the character closest to my personality, so I was really drawn to cosplay him. He is very easy for me to portray. He’s a childish, adorable, cake loving high schooler who looks way younger than he actually is.

I had to buy the jacket because I’m wasn’t skilled enough to make it at the time. The rest of it is from thrift stores or handmade. Usa-chan (the bunny plushie) was bought as well. I had a lot of people calling out my characters name from the other side of a room and it made me really happy. That they saw my character and the fact they just had to call out to me was fun.

I’ve always done things differently, so most people I know roll with it. They don’t always get it but still find it fascinating. My dad actually came with me to my first two conventions, he doesn’t always understand it but he really enjoyed being able to do something with me (and he enjoyed sitting in a spot and people watching). I always explain cosplay as “It’s a creative outlet where people make everything from full ball gown dresses to wigs. They put so much work and dedication into their cosplays. And it’s a community of like-minded people who come together to share their passion."

I’ve always been of the mindset that you should do whatever you want and cosplaying has solidified that feeling. Cosplay is about having fun and doing something you love. It doesn’t matter your weight, sex, age or race. If you love a character and love cosplaying them then you should. Cosplay has helped me love myself even more and given me such joy. I’m plus size but I never let that stopped me from doing the things I love. It can be hard to not compare myself to other cosplayers, but I have to remember that it’s not a competition but a party where everyone is invited. I hope to be able to do this for many years to come.

- LadyWillowGreyCosplay