Superhero Hype Cosplay: Mystique Part 2 – Wearing the Costume
Note From the Editor: As part of Superhero Hype’s ongoing cosplay coverage, our special correspondent, Ashlynne Dae, is back with a new column. Last week, Ashlynne walked us through the creation of her Mystique cosplay, which was inspired by the Uncanny X-Men comics rather than the live-action X-Men movies. Now, it’s time for Ashlynne to give us a better view of the finished costume, while also sharing her thoughts about Mystique’s character.
I bet it wouldn’t come to any surprise to you if I told you what drew me to cosplay Mystique was her ability to shape shift. No? Thought so. As a cosplayer, I am constantly shifting into one character and then the next. I also try my best to portray each of them to the best of my ability.
While I can't rearrange my cellular structure to look like another person, or grow wings or clothes out of my body, I am pretty decent at using makeup to make myself more closely resemble a character or person than I would look naturally.
I feel like all cosplayers must understand this to some extent, even if their goal isn’t to come as close as possible to looking or acting like the character they are cosplaying.
We use contour and highlight, padding and binders, wigs and extensions, body paint, and contacts to get as close as we can to getting the look just right.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just do that with our neat transformation powers?
Another reason I was drawn to Mystique is her adaptability and ease in which she can become another person. I think we all shift aspects of our personalities into different versions of ourselves all the time.
At least I do!
Think about it, you usually behave differently at work than you do among your friends. Or maybe you are different around your family then when you are with your significant other?
We all have a little shapeshifter in us, and that’s what drew me to Mystique.
How amazing would it be to just become another person for a little while? You wouldn’t always have to be you, and you could do things you normally wouldn’t even dream of.
Would that empower you? Would it make you a villain? Who knows? But it's an interesting thought and one that fascinates me.
Raven Darkholme also fascinates me. She is such a complex and villainous mutant. She is simultaneously dark and destructive, and yet fiercely protective and occasionally motherly...when she’s not being abusive to her kids or worse. Hah.
But at the end of the day that’s why I love to cosplay. I love being allowed to let different aspects of me come out to play in a safe contained way, even if it’s the wicked ones.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I also hope it helps inspire you to create your own cosplays! If you have any questions, few free to contact me.
You can get this full set at ashlynnedae.com