Russian Love with Astelvert Cosplay Interview
Astelvert Cosplay Interview
The Loyalty of Astelvert cosplay
Born in Belarus, this Zodiac Cancer-water creature lives her life what she loves to do, cosplaying. Her fondest of DC character Bat-Girl is just an extension of her inner-self. Being a young woman, she overcame many obstacles in her life that have given her an uncanny sense of bravery and mental toughness. But above all, she’s incredibly loyal to those who she loves. Now living in Russia, this warm, intuitive cosplayer has been making her mark in the social media world for some time until now. Known as Atelvert, she has the most piercing blue eyes, lots of pink hair, depending on the situation, and a petite figure one almost wants to keep her in one’s pocket. Once you know her is to love her as she melts your heart.
Her name is Elena and when she’s not dressed to take down crime lords, or looking absolutely fabulous, she watches her favorite Anime show called, Code Geass. As a gamer at heart, loves to play, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt while listening to the music of Starset or any rock or alternative music. Though she enjoys all the seasons of the year brings, she prefers the summer as she loses herself those longs days short nights. Vert loves eating as well as drinking her teas after a long day of photoshoots and convention appearances. Over her five-year career, she’s done it all and now ready to share her insight with OutRightGeekery. So get ready to meet this Russian ballerina beauty as Vert sits down to talk, laugh, and share herself with us on this exclusive one on one interview.
OG: Well, hello there Astelvert. First off, thank you so much for doing the interview. We, at OutRightGeekery, very much appreciate it.
Vert: Thank you for having me, it is my pleasure.
OG: Wow. Talk about Russia with love! Astelvert, you are as ever as beautiful as people say you are. Vert, are you ready to take the “Hot Seat” and answer our “Geeky” questions?
Vert: I am Russian. Russian women thrive on attention. I am as ready as I will ever be, do your best.
OG: Let us begin.
OG: What sort of kid were you? Shy or Outgoing? Did you feel self-conscience about yourself? What was it like growing up in the country you were raised in? Where you ever bullied?
Vert: I was a very shy kid. Afterward, when I became a teenager, I turned into a rebel. 😁 I don’t like thinking of my school times because they were difficult for me. I didn’t get along with my classmates because I was different (loved different things, though in a different way) and it was difficult for us to understand each other. But, I also remember lots of good things from my childhood. I spent a lot of time with my friends in the backyard, as well as lots of time in front of the TV watching cartoons (X-Men, Spider-Man, Totally Spice and others).
OG: What is your fondest childhood gift or memory? Was Halloween the only time to dress-up a character?
Vert: Btw, the special childhood gift for me was a backpack with the Little Mermaid. My parents gave it to me as a Christmas gift. And no, I never wore costumes as a child cause in our country we didn’t celebrate Halloween then. But I performed as a snowflake in the kindergarten. 😁
OG: How did you get started first, Cosplaying? Is cosplaying in Russia very popular?
Vert: I learned about cosplay when I was about 13 years old. I had a friend who also loved anime and we talked a lot about it. One day she told me that some people portray characters from anime and it is called cosplay. She showed me some photos of cosplayers and I immediately thought that those photos were very beautiful and I’d like to have such pics of me as well. That’s how I decided to try.
OG: What was your first cosplay outfit? Did you make it or did you buy one? How was your first experience? Is cosplaying in Russia very popular?
Vert: My first cosplay was Youji from Loveless, though I never finished it. Back then, cosplay wasn’t popular in Russia and other people looked at us like we were crazy and weird. But a couple of years ago it changed. Now cosplay is becoming more and more popular, cosplayers perform on public events, companies hire us as promo models and offer other types of cooperation. And I’m very happy about that.
OG: As a beautiful woman, does the body-size of a woman matter (height, bra, or weight) when performing a character? Is there any character that you would love to do? Have you ever done body paint yourself? How did that go? Would you like to be recognized as a cosplay artist or sexy model?
Vert: I believe that body shape and things such as height, bra, and weight don’t matter, the only thing that matters is your love for the character. Cosplay is all about transforming your look, and we have many tools for that (such as makeup, push up, heels and so on).
OG: How do you decide on what sort of character to portray? What sort of characters do you love to portray?
Vert: Love is the main factor that determines my choice of characters as well. I love portraying strong, charismatic and badass women that are not afraid to take the initiative and can solve their problems on their own. They can be sexy as well, but sexy for me is not about naked body parts. Being sexy is about power, the energy that the character gives off.
OG: Are your outfits recognize as artwork or burlesque?
Vert: I would like to be known with my cosplay outfits as an artist because cosplay is more art than modeling for me.
OG: Do you consider yourself to be a Geek or a Nerd, or simply a Dork? Other than being a cosplayer, what sort of Geeky things do you do?
Vert: English is not my native language so I may not understand some words. But I’d rather call myself a geek. Other than cosplaying I play games, watch TV series and anime, read comics, collect the merchandise.
OG: Are all the cosplay outfits you create the reflections of your personality?
Vert: My cosplays outfits are reflections of my personality to some extent for sure. I usually choose characters that have something in common with. (As I interpret their personalities in my own way of course).
OG: Do you make or buy your own outfits?
Vert: I don’t make my costumes, because I’m more about ideas and managing than about handcraft. I love being a character, thinking of ideas for performances and photoshoots and taking photos, and this is the main purpose of my cosplays to me. I find professionals who can create my costumes, coordinate them and look for materials. I think that cosplayers don’t have to do certain things if they don’t want to. We spend our own money and time on all this stuff, so we’d better enjoy the process.
OG: What has been the most difficult outfit made for you?
Vert: My most difficult and expensive outfit was Zelda from Hyrule Warriors.
OG: If there’s any place you would love to do a photoshoot location?
Vert: I would like to do a photoshoot in the real castle someday. Also, I love beautiful nature locations, such as mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. I hope someday I’ll make a couple of shootings in places like these as well.
OG: When wearing your outfit, you painstakingly created, how does it make you feel? Is it sexy? Cute? Accomplished? Or just simply powerful and dominating?
Vert: I usually feel cool, powerful, and badass when I wear my costumes. At least for the first couple of hours. Haha. Later, I become very tired, due to wearing the outfits for long periods of time. Most times, it is physically exhausting (Unless it’s a simple dress with a simple wig).
OG: Does it make it difficult to wear a lot of armor props?
Vert: I don’t want to begin talking about wearing lots of armor props is difficult as well. Some parts can even leave a mark on you (I still bear the scars on my legs after wearing Zelda).
OG: Do you own any tattoos?
Vert: I don’t have tattoos, yet. I am considering getting some, but the thought that I’ll have to give them special treatment and renew them every couple of years really irritates me. Haha.
OG: Are you able to profit from your artwork? Or do you suffer like the rest of us? Do you make a good salary doing what you love?
Vert: Yes, I’m able to profit from my artwork. The amount of profit is less than I’d like it to be, but I’m working on it. Earning good money doing what I love is one of my big goals.
OG: Are all your photos taken by photographers or yourself? As a popular cosplayer/model, do you any forms of exercise to keep yourself tone or balance? Or is it all-natural?
Vert: Most of my photos are taken by photographers, but sometimes I also take camera selfies and edit them myself. And I do some sort of exercise, but not because I’m a cosplayer – just to stay healthy and fit.
OG: On those days you just want to relax and stay home, what do you like to wear around the house/apartment?
Vert: Pajamas is my favorite type of clothes ever :D.
OG: What sort of hobbies do you love to do? Are you a fan of collecting comic books or is it something else you love to collect?
Vert: Almost all of my hobbies are connected to cosplay to some extent. Besides the things I mentioned before, I’m also fond of makeup, photography and traveling. I also write short stories, but I don’t do it often enough.
OG: I see you love to be Bat-Girl, why? Do you love DC characters?
Vert: I love Batgirl because she is clever, brave, strong and is able to cope with challenges in life. She is a very special character. The character offered inspiration to a point in my cosplay life and have since carried with me.
OG: What things are happening to Elena VERT in the future? Are there new outfits you are developing right now?
Vert: I think, in 2020 I’ll be living my life and making cosplay just as I did in 2019. I already have a list of costumes I’m planning to make in 2020, but I’m keeping that a secret. As of now, I’m working on Anna from Frozen 2, K/DA Kai’Sa from League of Legends and improving my Ashe, from League of Legends, and hope to finish all this stuff by the end of the year.
OG: What sort of advice you can offer new and inspiring cosplayers/models out there?
Vert: Advice that I always give to beginner- and wanna-be- cosplayers – Just Do It! Don’t try to be perfect, don’t be afraid of what other people think. Just try it. Cosplay can bring a lot of positive things in your life, but in order to experience them, you need to start.
Now it’s time we ask Elena Vert our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geeky questions!”
OG: Do you think Bat-Girl is madly in love with Batman?
Vert: Haha, no. I think he’s more like a father to her.
OG: Do you think John Wick is really Babayka?
Vert: I guess John Wick would be kind to children so no.
OG: How clean is Belarus?
Vert: Very very clean.
OG: Is Country Music popular in Belarus? If, not what do people listen to?
Vert: Not really. Though, I personally like it. I’d say that most of the people here prefer pop music.
OG: What is a popular superstition that the fine people in Belarus believe the most?
Vert: To sit down before you leave the house for a long trip.
OG: What is the one thing about cosplaying you hate the most?
Vert: Spending lots of time looking for materials and not finding the appropriate ones.
OG: How fast is your internet Speed?
Vert: 1.55 megabyte per sec.
OG: Who is your all-time favorite Overwatch character?
Vert: The obvious answer – Ashe!
OG: What movie/film will always make Vert cry?
Vert: Almost all of the Disney cartoons
OG: What’re your all-time favorite superpowers for the entire day?
OG: Where you ever been mistaken for another cosplayer or someone else?
Vert: It happens sometimes when I and another cosplayer make the same character and visit the same event.
OG: What is your Pet Peeve?
Vert: I’m a perfect creature, so I don’t have any.
OG: What Disney character would be best friends?
Vert: I think it’s Anna. She is funny, friendly, supportive and loyal.
OG: What is your favorite color you love to wear?
Vert: White and red.
OG: What can your fans bring to you at the next convention you are attending
Vert: Any drawings of me. It’s the best gift and I treasure every piece I have
OG: Can I get a hug?
Vert: Sure! *hugs*
OG: Thank you so much AstelVert. OutRightGeekery has officially taken you off the Hot Seat. For our readers, where can they become a fan of yours?
Vert: Thank you for having me here. I had a lot of fun. Your readers can find more of me through my website:
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