My name is Virginia, I'm 30 years old and I teach English to very young children at a state school in Madrid, Spain.
I discovered cosplay in 2006 when I went with a friend to a small event in my city, Madrid. There I saw how people were dressed as their favourite characters and how much fun they were having. I had never seen anything like that before, and I said: I want to try too!
So with the help of my mother we made my first cosplay by hand, Temari from Naruto, as Naruto was my favourite show at the time and she is a strong ninja and I wanted to bring her to life. I went to my first event with my brother, for whom we made an Anbu cosplay, and I had so much fun back then that I wanted to try again!
The following year, in 2008, I did Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII and that was my first time on a contest stage. Since then I haven't stopped doing cosplay and I try to improve and learn new things with each project. My main goal when I cosplay is to have fun bringing my favourite characters to life.
During these years I have won many prizes in my city events with my friends cosplaying in a group, we've spent full days cosplaying together and rehearsing for performances, always trying to be as faithful as possible to the series or video games.
We were learning and growing in order to participate in large Spanish preliminary competitions such as the WCS, ECG or YCC. Where in recent years I have been ranked in second place in the Spanish preliminary YCC 2014 with my Alice in Wonderland costume. And more recently, with my companion Zihark, we were classified as representatives of Spain for the WCS 2015 with our cosplays of Captain Harlock and Kei Yuki.
In 2015 we went to Japan to represent Spain in Nagoya for the WCS finals, where we cosplayed Jessie and James from Pokémon's Team Rocket, and where we had the honour of receiving Best Wig award. We have also been invited to various events in our country as cosplay judges.
During all these years, cosplay has made me grow personally and discover skills I did not even know I had.
One of the best things about cosplay is that I've been able to meet some of my best friends and I have been able to travel to different cities and meet many people from countries that I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I could do.
I've also seen fulfilled one of my biggest dreams since I was a child: to travel to Japan. *.* Cosplay has given me a world full of possibilities and many joys and unforgettable memories.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Otakuthon 2016 - August 5-7, 2016 in Montréal, QC