Honors College Theses

Date

2023

Major

Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Addie Martindale

Abstract

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a fictional character whether it's from a television show, video games, or even a book series. Many people participate in cosplay to show their dedication or admiration for their favorite character and sometimes cosplay a character that helps reflect their own character or personality. This thesis will mainly focus on the experience of being a Black female cosplayer in pop culture, social media, conventions, and other places where people can share and communicate. In this thesis’s research, participants' answers about their experiences were centered around their inspiration to start cosplaying, their ways of alternating their cosplays to their liking, participation experience, memorable experiences, and what they would like others to know about being a Black female cosplayer. Overall, the participants express that they have a bond with their cosplays and others that enjoy it alongside despite the issues of exclusion.

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