Dubai Precious Cosplayer Khym Chi
Cosplayer Khym Chi
Outright Geekery readers assemble! Welcome back to another exclusive cosplayer interview. Our commitment to search the globe for those unique and interesting cosplayers who display an artwork all of their own. Cosplayers from your local areas to faraway exotic lands, our discoveries were almost at an end until we found her. Outright Geekery is honored to introduce our next exclusive interview this February 2020. All the way from Dubai, born from Malaysia, her name is Khym Chi and has a sensation in the cosplay world. She has been absolutely making a name for herself all over the Mediterranean and Western parts of the world and now we have a chance to meet this one of a kind, lovely lady. Please show your love to this wonderfully talented and creative woman who loves her cosplay like she loves her soul. Outright Geekery welcomes, Khym Chi.
OG: Welcome, Khym Chi. It is so wonderful to finally meet you today. It has been a busy year for you so far, How do you so every manage to keep your cool out there?
Chi: Thank you Outright Geekery for having me do this interview. I enjoy the chance for this interview with you guys and to answer your question,
OG: Tell our readers about yourself.
Chi: I’m from Malaysia, born in Kuala Lumpur, raised in Penang. At the moment, my home in my hometown is a great shooting location. If anyone ever visits, the island is great for food. We have the best street food in the world. I am a Cancer. I speak Malay and English. My Japanese is still developing. As my race is Chinese, my eyes are the default brown/black. When I am not cosplaying I am playing games, reading, or just catching up on sleep.
OG: Is there a gamer in your soul. My instinct tells me that you are?
Chi: I play quite a number of games on different platforms depending on who I am playing with. Most of my handles are KhymiChi but they vary on some games. Playing video games, reading, and watching tv were things I enjoyed growing up
OG: I think it is safe to say, you cosplay a huge range of cosplay characters. What makes you decide what you want to become?
Chi: I think I picked quite a varied range of characters to cosplay from games, anime, manga, comics, and cartoons. It is usually who I like best at the time or designs that peak my interest. Who I cosplay with also affects my character choice, as I like to try to be accurate against my partner in terms of height and build.
OG: With lots of hours spending on creating your outfits, do you have time to read or listen to music to pass the time or simply watch one or two movies?
Chi: Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to read anything new for quite some time. I like most fantasy, historical, suspense, and sci-fi stories. As for music, I have a wide selection of music I love to listen to. It depends on my mood. I have playlists with just Chill music, or some that are soundtracks, some are what is on the radio and a lot of hits from when I was growing up. There are some oldies, indies, and random electronic music as well. As for movies, I don’t think I have an obsession. I can watch a lot of types of movies but I don’t really enjoy random action films so much.
OG: What kind of girl were you growing up in your country? Were you ever been bullied? Any pets?
Chi: Growing up, I was a tomboy. I liked to play rough and outside but I was also a bit of a loner. I was bullied but I hit back. I kept getting called into the office for hitting others even if they struck first. I had a few cats as a Child.
OG: Fans would love to know when you started cosplaying and what character?
Chi: Started cosplaying in 2008 or 2009. Justina Borne from Magna Carta was the first cosplay I ever made. It took me a while to sew it together and paint on the designs. Looking back the material was crappy and poorly constructed but I was really proud of it. The first time I cosplayed was after I moved to Singapore for university. Back then there weren’t many events in South East Asia, in Penang especially there were none. Cosplaying wasn’t particularly hard to start I felt. What was hard was learning new skills, like makeup, and wig styling. I do hope after all this time I have improved.
OG: But since that time, what has been your all-time favorite outfit?
Chi: I think Naruto was my favorite outfit. I had a lot of fun with friends while I was in cos (cosplaying) and it was easy to go around in it and relaxing as well.
OG: Do you sometimes criticize yourself and those amazing outfits you make?
Chi: I think I dislike everything I make in the end. I am always nitpicking at things that everyone says can’t be seen so I am usually dissatisfied with almost all my coses (outfits). Yet when I commit to a date or event I’ll pull it off somewhat somehow. I don’t actually know what cos my fans love me. I don’t think I have that many fans.
OG: Oh, I beg the differ. From what I’ve seen, you brighten a fan’s day.
OG: It seems more and more cosplayers are going Lewds. What’s your opinion on it? Should all cosplayers do it? Do you?
Chi: Lewd cosplaying is up to the cosplayer I think. I have done a couple of pg-15 ish shoots. A lot of the interesting character designs that take my fancy to happen to be quite revealing sometimes. Reactions have been positive to them but I think it’s because it helps some people fulfill some fantasy to see the outfit in 3D. I don’t feel every cosplayer needs to do Lewds. Just cos whoever you want. If the sexy design of a character seems to appeal to you then that’s fine too. Personally, I am not selling anything to fans. I am cosplaying as a hobby, not as a career. So I don’t have much interaction with ‘fans’ since I don’t really think I have any. I have a lot of support from friends.
OG: Do you feel sometimes that your hobby to love to do often forces you to “Reward” your fans because you feel obligated?
Chi: Any cosplayer trying to make a career out of the hobby does not have to do anything they do not want to for their fans I feel. In my opinion, a fan of cosplay is like a fan of anything else. You don’t see basketball fans asking their favorite player for anything much. Why should they expect the person they are supporting to ‘reward’ them? A fan is happy to watch progress and enjoy supporting growth.
OG: Are more men or more women asking particular shots?
Chi: My fans are most likely men these days as lately, I have been cosing a few risque outfits.
OG: Here’s a question many cosplayers have been split down the middle on.
OG: Does the size of a woman matter like height, weight or bra size when performing a character?
Chi: For me, physical traits do matter in my own cosplay. I try my best to portray characters accurately. This also affects how I cos with people. I am on the taller side among my friends, so I would usually do smaller characters solo. I don’t but I actually don’t look around at other cosplayers much. You could say I am in my own world. This is, however, my hobby and honestly, I am cosplaying for my own self-interest.
OG: How do you decide on what sort of character to portray? What sort of characters do you love to portray?
Chi: My way of picking characters to cosplay really depends if I like the character or the design, or if I wanna join a team with my friends. I like to portray all types of characters.
OG: This seems like a sticky question to ask. Have you ever done Body Paint?
Chi: I have tried body paint before. It was not sticky and gooey, so I don’t know what paint you have been using. Haha.
OG: What sort of location do you find yourself doing a photoshoot?
Chi: My shoot location depends on what is available and what I am cosing. I would love to have a backdrop that is accurate enough for the character’s setting. Indoors is usually more comfortable though but if it is to get a great location, I have hiked a bit in a jungle in full makeup to get a preferred background. I have only shot in the desert without people around. I think cosplaying in public in Dubai is still a bit too much for people to see. Photo shooting outdoors at some places also requires a permit. So I haven’t tried.
OG: But doesn’t that frustrates you to search for the perfect location?
Chi: The only thing I feel that is frustrating about a photoshoot at the moment is arranging the timings. Especially for big groups. It is hard to get timings to match up as my friend group is mostly working adults.
OG: Has cosplaying been a daunting challenge in your life? How are your outfits made? By hand or machine sewen together?
Chi: I can’t think of anything that I would say is challenging so far. A lot of my coses were done at the moment, so I never really reflected. I used to own a sewing machine but it dies with age. So at the moment, I sew by hand but I could really use a new one. I have seen sewing since I was 4 years old so it definitely did improve from that point of life.
OG: Hey. Wouldn’t it be nice someone out there would offer you a brand new sewing machine? HINT, HINT!!! Come one Outright Geekery fans, show your LOVE!
OG: How does Khym C. get herself motivated? How did you get your Cosplayer name?
Chi: For motivation, I don’t know what motivates me. I just feel like doing it. I enjoy making things I guess. I have placed in a couple of competitions but I have never entered anything big.
Chi: My cosplay name is a short form of my real name. I didn’t really think much. It just sounded so fake to people that it stuck as a nickname.
OG: Have the people in Dubai friendly to you?
Chi: So I live in Dubai and it is mostly ex-pats in the city. I do not interact much with the local women. I cannot really speak on their behalf. As foreigners living in their country we just try to respect some basic modesty laws like covered shoulders and nothing too short or indecent looking.
OG: Do you often exercise to keep yourself tone or just physically fit?
Chi: As I get older cosplaying does feel harder on my body. I have a physically demanding job though, so I think my body is not keeping up with my mind and interests. I try to workout every few days to keep weight off. It seems the older I get the faster it is to gain.
OG: Are there any tattoos or piercings fans should know about?
Chi: I used to have tattoos and piercings. Things happen in life so I had to laser off my tattoos and my piercing fell off or I accidentally tore them off. At the moment I just have scars. I don’t think I will get more tattoos and piercings in the future as I am quite lazy now.
OG: What does Khym Chi do to relax from her hectic photoshoot schedules?
Chi: I bum around the house in a T-shirt or a warm sweater. A lot of things can entertain me honestly. I just need to be interested. Sometimes just sitting around and just staring at the ceiling feels great too. Cosplaying is my biggest hobby, I think. I have an insane amount of wigs which I have trouble letting go.
OG: Do you have friends who cosplay and do you share outfits?
Chi: A few of my best friends are cosplayers too. So it’s nice that we can enjoy the hobby together. We do share outfits as well especially if we need something last minute. When we aren’t cosing together, just hanging out at cafes, or going karaoke is a great time out together.
OG: Are there people out there who want to bring you down because of what you do?
Chi: I am not involved in drama and when people get toxic, I cut them out. I once thought I had a group of good friends but I found their hate chat and I just distanced myself. They spread rumors after that I was throwing them away for fame but I just let them talk. Since they didn’t want to talk to me themselves and resolve it, I think the friendship meant more to me than it did them.
OG: Do you have other careers that fund your cosplay interests?
Chi: I have a day job and cosplay around my real-life schedule. It also helps fund my hobby to a small degree. I try to be thrifty making my coses as I usually wear them once or twice.
OG: Is Khym Chi is happy with her life?
Chi: I think I’m ok. I don’t really know what happiness is. My husband seems annoyed at times but he’s quite supportive. I don’t choose cosplay over our relationship. Being in a relationship is work on both parts. So if there isn’t communication and understanding it doesn’t work out.
OG: Is there anything you would change for the better for cosplayers?
Chi: Exploiting cosplayers for free promotions. A lot of companies recently like to hire cosplayers for free. It takes time and money to make a costume and to wear it. Companies that want to draw customers with cosplayers should pay fairly.
OG: Has your family been supportive of your social media career?
Chi: My family has been alright with my cosplays. They don’t really say anything about it. I don’t have a career in cosplay, so I don’t really take anything from fans. I did set up a ko-fi but I never really blasted it. I just like it when people like my photos since they are a sort of memento of the cosplay happening.
OG: What can fans and our readers expect Khym Chi in 2020?
Chi: Nothing big planned for the year. My cosplays usually come up randomly depending if I can go to an event or need to appear at a shoot. Since I haven’t given this year’s plans much thought I haven’t thought of locations either. I would love to go to New York for a con once but I don’t know when I could make it.
OG: Will there be a calendar in the works for 2021?
Chi: Unfortunately, I got nothing to sell. I would like to make a photo book once and see how that goes but it’s a little hard to put aside some time for it at the moment.
OG: What words of wisdom would you offer new and inspiring cosers?
Chi: Any new Cosers coming into the scene need to know what they want out of it. If you want to be famous then I think you need to know how to market yourself and still hold your ideals and dignity. If you are in it for fun, understand that it’s frustrating that no one seems to be acknowledging your cosplay, but make friends and have fun with it usually what can make the hobby more enjoyable. This hobby builds up skills that you never expected to have. You just gotta be brave to try some new things and think outside the box.
Time to ask Khym Chi our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geekery questions!”
OG: What sort of myth or story would you like to dispell for the record about the women of the United Arab Emirates?
Chi: I don’t know any myths honestly.
OG: How do people cool off in Dubai?
Chi: Stay inside when it is hot. We don’t spend much time outside when it is the peak of summer as its a health hazard.
OG: What would make a good cosplayer pet?
Chi: Not having one is better unless you are financially stable and dedicated to caring for all the needs of your pet over your cosplay.
OG: Can one completely bike ride the entire area of Palm Jumeirah?
Chi: One could but the edges of the leaves to make a complete circle. So it’s like double to work to bike the ‘complete’ thing.
OG: What can men wear that women cannot wear on public beaches?
Chi: No shirts
OG: Is Kite Flying something you would do?
Chi: Yea, I’ve flown a kite before
OG: During a Zombie infestation happening all around you, what sort of weapon would KhymiChi use to defend herself?
Chi: Honestly, I might not make it long enough to get a weapon.
OG: Do sand storms a good excuse not to go to work?
Chi: Hah, no.
OG: What movie would make KhymiChi always cry every time?
Chi: That opening scene in UP
OG: Could the fans of KhymiChi ever fill all of the seats of Dubai Opera house?
Chi: I doubt it
OG: What secret ability or talent KhymiChi has that no one knows about?
Chi: Building IKEA furniture and wardrobes alone
OG: Have you ever broken the internet?
OG: What is the biggest sporting event KhymiChi loves to watch?
Chi: LoL Worlds
OG: What is your all-time favorite food to eat?
Chi: Egg and tofu
OG: If this was possible. What Anime/Manga character you would live your entire life as?
Chi: Gosh, I don’t know. No one is coming to mind
OG: What time period would you absolutely love to live in?
Chi: The convenience of now is really good actually
OG: If you never became a cosplayer, what sort of job would you have?
Chi: Probably the same day job I have now
OG: What American song would KhymiChi sing Karaoke to win 1 million US dollars?
OG: What celebrity crush do you have?
Chi: Kenshi Yonezu
OG: What emergency item do you always bring when performing a photoshoot or convention?
Chi: Safety pins
OG: What is Khym Chi Biggest Pet Peeve?
Chi: Entitled people
OG: What can sort of gift would your fans offer to make you cry for joy?
Chi: $10 million dollars XP
OG: Do you have a fear of something?
Chi: I thought I had a fear of a few things but it’s more of a dislike of them in the end
OG: Which is worse? Doing a photoshoot while being hungry or really need to go to the bathroom?
Chi: While I am in cos I am usually like a dried up sponge till I am out of cos. It’s probably worst if I have to use the toilet in a full-body multi-piece cos
OG: If you could sum up your entire life in one word, what word would that be?
OG: I’m told this question is often asked and cosplayers often dread. Can I get a hug?
Chi: I haven’t encountered that in years. Back when I started it didn’t seem to be anything but there are more pervs attending cons nowadays and I think this is rarely asked
OG: That’s it. It is in, “Tha Books”! Thank you so much Khym for that. We so very much appreciate you doing this interview with us! If you could answer one last question for us, where can our readers find more of Kyhm Chi?
Chi: Thank you so much Outright Geekery, I loved doing the interview. For more information about myself, my artistry, or just want to throw a comment, here are my websites.
Worldcosplay net: worldcosplay.net/member/khymiChi
Occasionally, I stream on twitch but it is rare: twitch.tv/khymiChi
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