Interview with Cuban Cosplayer Lilitherz Cosplay
Welcome back to readers, both near and far to an exciting 2020 year. At Outright Geekery, where the cosplay interviews never stop. We do our best to keep you in the loop with new and exciting cosplayers currently out both on the internet and on the convention circuit. Today’s exclusive interview, we have a Cuban born native that brings her cosplay artistry for all to love and enjoy. A lover of cosplay and of animals, Ivett, or better known as Lilitherz Cosplay, has been performing for many years and now Outright Geekery and readers will have the opportunity to discover the woman behind all the makeup and those amazing outfits. Without further adieu, please give your time and attention to the lovely Lilitherz .
OG: Hello and welcome Ivett to our Outright Geekery one on one interview with us. We so appreciate you taking the time and effort to do this. May all of our interview questions become all of your wishes come true.
OG: Let’s just dive in and ask the first question. Would you be so kind and introduce yourself to everyone out there.
Ivett: Hi there! my name is Ivett, but I’m better known as Lilitherz on the web. I was born in Cuba, I lived there ‘till I was 12 years old and then moved to Italy. I was born on May 2 so I’m Taurus and Venus rules my sign! Family and friends call me Ivy or Lily and I find that pretty cute.
OG: What’s the best time of the year or season to wear your cosplay outfits?
Ivett: My favorite seasons are Spring and Fall, both are transforming phases of the year (blooming and falling); I love the feeling it gives me so that I can wear my favorite outfits without troubles about being too hot or too cold.
OG: How many languages do you speak/read/write?
Ivett: I can actually speak Spanish (my mother language), Italian, English, French and German, plus I’m actually studying Japanese.
OG: You look like an animal lover. Is that true?
Ivett: I always loved animals and had dogs and cats around me since I was really tiny. Actually, I have a dog, named Sissi, she is a 15 years old German Shepherd and I love her very much!
OG: What sort of things you love to read to pass the time to relax?
Ivett: I love to read fantasy books, some of my fav back in time were Harry Potter, Eragon, and Lord of the rings series. I also like a thriller and Stephen King is my fav author of these.
OG: Sources say you are a gamer? Can you tell us what sort of games you love to play?
Ivett: My first game was a Sailor Moon’s fight game on my cousin’s Playstation 1. Since she didn’t really like to play games she lends me her PS1 and it was the end of my social life as a kid (just kidding), I started to play much more games.
OG: Did you have a tough life growing up? Was learning a new language easy or hard?
Ivett: My main trouble with growing up as a foreigner in a new country was the language barrier. When I came to Italy I instantly had to start school in a grade according to my age, but I didn’t even understand Italian and it was tough. I had some hard times with bullying in high school/college as well so I decided to stay alone. That’s why my love for games, books, and anime is so big in my life. I became a lone wolf. Most people here in Sicily are closed-minded to, “What’s different from them”. Not all people are like this but most of the people I’ve known were. Even cosplay has become accepted” only because it became a trend.
OG: In Italy, we have always heard about the delicious street food in your country?
Ivett: I love Sicilian street food very much, I suggest you all try caponata,crocchè, panelle, granita, and the ice cream! You will not regret it! I live in Palermo and this town is full of beautiful historical places and a lot of yummy food.
OG: Tell us, Ivett, how did your cosplaying days get started?
Ivett: I started cosplay in 2010, I was pretty obsessed (and I still am) with Fate Stay Night and my first cosplay was Rin Tohsaka. That particular cosplay was like a “Closet Cosplay”. (Just draw a cross on a red high neck shirt, use a random black pleated skirt and styled my own hair instead of a wig), I was a bit ashamed, looking back at it now, but I felt amazing and I enjoy to know people with the same interests and passions as mine. That started lots of friendships and bonded with fellow cosplayers. I finally felt part of something.
OG: How about nowadays? Do you feel you are a high-profile cosplayer?
Ivett: Cosplaying is now very popular in Italy so there are plenty of cosplayers, but back in 2010-2011 there were really few and we were like a large family. Some of them also became very popular worldwide focusing their lives on Cosplay goals, but I’ve always been a “casual cosplayer” so my private life goals were a priority for me.
OG: How do you feel about cosplayers doing Lewd photography? Do you think that is something cosplayers should or should not be doing in their profession?
Ivett: I have a neutral opinion about lewd. I think that if the character is actually meant to be sexy, no problem, go on, you’re on character, I like it. But if the character would never ever meant to be that way, thanks, but no thanks.
Ivett: I don’t really appreciate the idea of forcing a character to Lewd that way. But overall, I don’t appreciate cosplayers that only “show more and wear less”. I think there should be at least a 50/50 percentage between actual cosplay and lewd cosplaying
OG: As a young and beautiful woman, does the size of a woman matter like height, weight or bra size when performing a character?
Ivett: I think the beauty in cosplay matters very much if you want to be noticed and grow!
I don’t think I fit the cosplay beauty standards very much, but I always try to improve makeup, styling, posing, costumes, etc, on any new cosplay project. After cosplaying for 10 years, I think there’s always something new to learn!
OG: How do you decide on what sort of character to portray? What sort of characters do you love to portray? Are your outfits based on artistry or selected by your fans to wear?
Ivett: I choose characters depending on feeling they affect me during gameplay or watching a show.
OG: Are your outfits based on artistry or selected by your fans to wear?
Ivett: Sometimes when I feel confused about my next project, I just use a poll on my social media, like Facebook or Instagram stories/discords and have fans let me help choose. I love the support and I’m pleased to see what sort of characters people want and would appreciate seeing me in!
OG: What sort of background do you prefer when doing a photoshoot?
Ivett: I think that if you find perfect themed spots, outdoor shootings are amazing. I’ve also made several indoor shootings and I find they give a professional touch to whole cosplay, but some photographers lack creativity, the pictures can look a bit boring sometimes.
OG: Are all of your costumes hand made? Is it very time-consuming? Does it get in the way of your studies?
Ivett: Thanks to cosplay I discovered that I loved sewing and graduated as Seamstress and Fashion Pattern Maker. I work and study and since I mostly make the costumes myself. I suffer a lot when I don’t have enough time or commitment to work on the costumes, then go to con or book a shooting. I’m a perfectionist and I struggle on tiny details no one cares about for months.
Ivett: Another main problem for me and my cosplaying is money and that’s unfortunate. Paying for bills, school, and rent and all the while saving for cosplay expense is damn difficult. That’s why I do very few costumes over the last few years. This makes me feel very sad since I would love to make much more.
OG: Are all the cosplay outfits you create the reflections of your personality? Or is your personality a reflection of your cosplay outfits? What has been your most challenging cosplay outfit ever made?
Ivett: In some way, most of the characters I’ve cosplayed reflect parts of my personality. Of course, for some characters, you have to act the character, just a little, but hey, that’s cosplay! My most challenging costume was Rinoa Heartilly from Final Fantasy VIII. The character, Duster, was completely hand knitted. I spent months doing and redoing the details. It is one of my favorite characters that I’m never 100% satisfied with. There is always something that needs to be improved/change on it.
OG: What were some cosplayer names did you consider before you decided to use, Lilitherz?
Ivett: Way back during my first years as a cosplayer, I used different nicknames as Black Rose and Taisaka, both strong and respective game/anime characters. One day I decided I wanted a name only for myself that people would not confuse me with other characters or other people, and easy to remember. The name would have an important meaning to myself and of course, that was not already taken on the web! That’s how Lilitherz came to life.
OG: Do you find your cosplay outfit comfortable to wear and do you have any tattoos?
Ivett: There’s comfortable and then there’s uncomfortable cosplay. I love to wear them all and feel/act as the character I’m cosplaying as I am wearing that costume. I have only one tattoo and it has a really special meaning for me, that’s why I made it myself. Cosplay and tattoos are not the best deal in my opinion if you want to do iconic/stick to character shootings; so until I quit cosplaying, I don’t think of doing anymore. The one I have is pretty large and very challenging to cover up with makeup!
OG: What would be stranger? Going to a Convention w/o a cosplay outfit or going out in public and wearing a cosplay outfit?
Ivett: I think I rather don’t go to a con instead of going without cosplay or geek outfit! Lately, cosplay has become toxic in my opinion (at least in Italy). People create flame, drama and even hate each other sometimes even only for stupid things like cosplaying the same characters! You feel the tension of competition on air. I’ve lived this drama with some people. Since I’m a very quiet and pacific person that doesn’t love to fight with people for reasons like that, I isolated myself from most of the Italian cosplay communities for a long time.
OG: I’m so sorry to hear that. Does it limit your friend’s list?
Ivett: Yes. I now have few but wonderful cosplayer friends, sometimes we also do some mini cosplay gatherings just to enjoy cosplaying together and maybe also get some new photos!
OG: When not addressing your fans or doing a photoshoot, what comfy things you love to wear?
Ivett: I love comfy clothes while I’m working on costumes at home and a sort of cute/punk/goth style going out to geek events or cons.
OG: Does Ivett workout to get herself tone and muscular for those amazing pictures?
Ivett: I despise not having enough time during the week. I’m pretty lazy to workout! I know I should try to get some time to exercise because it is good for health and it is one of the goals for 2020!
OG: When out in public, do you always bring a positive vibe whenever you can?
Ivett: I always try to give positive energy to my followers, and if I’m passing through very tough times, most of the time I prefer to isolate myself from socials than spread negative vibes. Of course, I have a heart and I feel emotions like anyone else and maybe I can show being down/sad or feel like explaining the current situation,
Ivett: It makes me feel bad for my followers but I know I have pretty supportive friends and fans that make me feel better and help me being positive about everything again. I find that pretty heartwarming, but even so, I don’t like to give a negative/ weak impression of me. Some fans during those years have made me some super cute fan arts and I keep them all saved on my PC, sometimes I look at them and feel proud and happy!
OG: Speaking of your fans, how do Lilitherz fans treat her?
Ivett: My fans are super cute and I love and appreciate them more than what they can even imagine!
OG: Have you profited from your hard work in cosplaying or do you suffer like all of us?
Ivett: I wasn’t able to profit my artwork during those years because as I said before, I’m focused on my personal life goals and troubles, unfortunately, I don’t have enough free time, I live in a quite closed mind society/city and I’m very bad on marketing and “selling myself” on social media. I kinda think by posting of me and trying to get some income could bother some people (fans or not). I don’t spam aggressive enough like others to have visibility because I think It can be annoying for people, but in this actual market, thinking this way is a failure because I lack visibility and engagement acting like this.
OG: Cosplaying takes a lot of self-promoting in order to see a fortune. From what I understand cosplayers often take side jobs to make a living. Is that true for you?
Ivett: I, unfortunately, work doing something I don’t really love very much, but hey at least it pays my bills! I’m really happy when I get cosplay commissions or someone buys an item on my Etsy store, I love to create costumes and accessories that can bring joy to others and of course also even get an income from it! I’ve also sold cosplay prints and it makes me feel so honored and thankful!
OG: Ivett. The burning we’ve been wanting to ask you. What surprises do you have for 2020?
Ivett: I’ve decided to try to improve my cosplay life this year being much more methodic with planning my little free time the best I can. I’m actually working on a challenging costume that I would like to show at a cosplay contest this year and some other minor projects mainly from Fate Grand Order and Final Fantasy.
OG: Will your Cosplay photos in 2020 have an outdoor feel?
Ivett: Here in Sicily, there are many naturalistic places and beautiful historical monuments. I just have to choose the right outfit and photographer to make amazing shootings!
OG: What sort of advice or tips can you offer to a new and inspiring cosplayer out there?
Ivett: My advice for new cosplayers is to always study your character to interpret it as best as possible and enjoy it! Never give up, you can always do better next time and cute out negative/disrespectful cosplayers/people out from your life! We only live once and we should do it as best we can respect and support each other!
Time to ask Lilitherz our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geekery questions!”
OG: Being you are Cuban, do you know any Spanish?
Ivett: Yes, of course, it is my mother language. I often talk to my parents in Cuba and I’ve never forgotten this language.
OG: Would you agree that all-female cosplayers own at least two cats?
Ivett: I also know female cosplayers with at least two dogs. I think cosplayers, in general, tend to care about having cute fluffy friends at home.
OG: Who is your favorite League of Legends or Overwatch character?
Ivett: Jinx on LOL and D.Va on Overwatch!
OG: What Disney princess that best represents Lilitherz?
Ivett: I always loved Mulan and Ariel, but I can’t decide which one represents me more.
OG: What food can I buy with just $25.00 US dollars?
Ivett: If it is street food, well, you can do at least 3 full meals! But at a modest restaurant, you can have a delicious lunch or dinner.
OG: Which is worse. Volcanos exploding suddenly or a Wave of Tourist asking for directions?
Ivett: I mostly work with tourist, I’m used to it. So I think Volcanos exploding could be just a bit worse!
OG: Is Mountain climbing in Sicily a popular thing to do?
Ivett: More than climbing, trekking is much more popular. I’ve also done it on Mountain Etna.
OG: Where in the world would you love to visit? (Pick only 3)
Ivett: Japan, China, Australia. In fact, I love traveling and I would like to visit more places in the world when I can!
OG: This question, I’m sure you get a lot, “Can I get a Hug?”
Ivett: Aww, let’s the hugging party begins!
OG: That’s in the books! Thank you so much, Ivett, you have been a wonderful guest and from all of from Outright Geekery, we appreciate you talking to us. If I could ask one more question, where can our readers get more of Lilitherz?
Ivett: Thank you Outright Geekery. It was wonderful asking these fun and intriguing geeky questions. Of course, your readers can find more of me at the following sites:
My website: http://lilitherzcosplay.altervista.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LilitherzCosplay/
Discord Server: https://discordapp.com/invite/GQu2hXY
To support more of Lilitherz works, check out these links:
Signed Prints: http://beautyqueenlilitherz.storenvy.com
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/it/shop/SilvergroundFX
Shoptly: (Download full digital cosplay sets): https://shoptly.com/lilitherz
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