Minnesota Lovely Elora Kay Cosplay
Elora Kay Cosplay
In the land of the free and the home of the brave, the staff of Outright Geekery wanted to bring our readers an exclusive cosplay interview back home, back to America. After many countless hours and an endless list of hopefuls, we finally found one who’s charm and smile can out-shine a room full of lanterns. Born in the great state of Minnesota, she has been cosplaying for years and now her efforts have paid off as she’s ready to tell her side of the story. A Derby queen both on and off the rink. A tall girl with short hair and big dreams, please offer a warm Outright Geekery welcome to the newest addition to our family, Elora Kay.
OG: Thank you so much for welcoming Outright Geekery into your mind and soul. You will make a wonderful addition to our Collective. Before we can begin to absorb every nook and cranny about you, may I offer you these words of love and wisdom. The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing and if you can fake that, you got it made.
Elora: Thank you so much for having me for this interview. I must say, I cannot remember someone ever giving me that kind of love and wisdom. I will cherish this moment.
OG: If you would be so kind as to tell our readers about yourself and thank you for not suing us.
Elora: I am Elora Elora and I am from a small town in Minnesota, just a stone throw away from the border of Canada. As a reference, the size of the town I had my first job, the population was just 49 people. I was a waitress at a restaurant/gas station (Very classy). I’m a Virgo (Critical Thinkers), so I’m constantly upgrading costumes. Currently, I’m obsessed with Lore Olympus which is a WebToon by Rachel Smythe. It’s free, everyone read it please, fall in love with her art style, and then cosplay from it!
OG: Have you always been this beautiful blonde whenever you are cosplaying, Elora?
Elora: For the past 3 years and since I’ve been cosplaying, I’ve had blonde short hair that I’ve used to naturally cosplay characters like Power Girl and Captain Marvel which have coincidently been the two most popular characters people associate with me.
OG: How do you manage to keep a personal and social balance in your life?
Elora: I like to keep a decent work-life balance so when I’m not working on cosplay-related things (costumes, YouTube videos, Patreon rewards, character photoshoots). I still take part in other creative projects. Doing things like sewing a small craft, playing with makeup and fun photoshoots with my friends is the reason why I got into cosplay and doing it leisurely once in a while, with no intention to share it with anyone, will rekindle the love you have for your craft.
OG: I’ve heard Virgos sometimes have unique ticks during pressure moments. Got any?
Elora: I have this nervous tick of pursuing and biting my lips when I’m concentrating so I drink a lot of water while working on cosplay.
OG: Here one of many burning questions to ask. Where you a weird sort of kid growing up?
Elora: I was just as weird as a kid as I am an adult now. I was really shy but loved singing and acting as a kid.
Elora: When it was time for the children to come up to the front in church for the “Children’s Message”, during the service, the pastor would ask us questions about their life, God, the Bible, and from the time I was like, five years old I would give funny answers. If I made the congregation laugh it was a good Sunday for this little gal.
Elora: And I don’t ever remember my mom getting after me and telling me I said something inappropriate or rude, so, I guess I was a very PC child.
Elora: So I was a very funny child but I also had a family that didn’t take themselves too seriously either. I’m now an adult, a young millennial, and it’s so hard to truly offend me.
OG: Would you say, that your sense of humor was your way of dealing with others?
Elora: Humor became a coping mechanism, however, in school because I was the really tall girl who was the fattest girl in school at a size 14 (no joke). I’d make it a habit to beat people to the punchline and make myself the joke before anyone else could do it to hurt me.
OG: Did another side of yourself emerge from all this?
Elora: I was also the rebel who pushed gender stereotypes because I guess at the ripe old age of 10, I was tired of the conventional conservative system.
OG: Since Virgos are always lean towards their creative side, were you a Margaret Keane in disguise?
Elora: I originally wanted to be an artist. My school didn’t have an art program so I was self-taught and found inspiration through the world of Tumblr. I always wanted to be a cosplayer but, as mentioned before I was the fattest girl in school out of all these skinny, athletic build Sweedish girls. I graduated with 11 classmates (BTW. You can gauge how big my school was).
OG: That musta been a rough time with that part of your life. What changed?
Elora: I absolutely hated myself and did not have any form of self-esteem for years after graduating. It wasn’t until I lost 50 lbs, moved 1,000 miles away and got into cosplay I finally thought, “I’m totally not 100% ugly in front of the camera!”
OG: That a Girl!
OG: What was your most favorite costume you wore as a kid?
Elora: I think my favorite costume was when I was 18 and I dressed up like Piper from Orange Is the New Black or “an inmate” because my school might’ve disciplined me knowing I watched that show.
OG: What got you into cosplaying?
Elora: I started cosplaying because I managed a Hot Topic at the time when Suicide Squad was coming out and the Harley Quinn boom was hitting hard. My assistant manager who was tall and athletic and covered in tattoos was obsessed and cosplayed her to a T. She really inspired me to step out of my comfort zone. I bought a Spider-Gwen Zentai on eBay and the first time I was going to wear it was at a Halloween drag show and totally chickened out the last minute and changed into something else.
OG: Did any sense of insecurities happen to show its ugly head whenever you cosplayed in public?
Elora: I was always taller than average kid and it made me pretty immune from people staring at me. After going out in public while in cosplay for the first few times made me insecure. But now, I can’t count how many times I’ve worn a cosplay outfit while taking public transportation without a second thought.
OG: Other than Spider-Gwen, is there a personal favorite cosplay outfit your fans love to see you wearing, but you dread?
Elora: The ‘fan-favorite’ cosplay has been Power Girl since I started cosplaying. It’s actually my most uncomfortable because I wear a corset under it to get that snatched waist effect. My boobs get cold and my feet hurt after a while.
Elora: I can’t take my boots off by myself, it’s all very dramatic.
OG: I’m sure the actions of you taking your boots off resemble scenes of a Greek Tragedy. Also, my warmest sympathies to your chest.
OG: We often get a mixture of responses to this question. Are the cosplay character outfits you portray reflections of your personality or is your personality a reflection of your cosplay character outfits?
Elora: I hadn’t realized this until recently but just a handful of characters I currently have in my arsenal of cosplay are happy, bubbly characters that are fun to be in character with. Otherwise, I cosplay a lot of characters that are either tough or seductive which is totally not me. I’m an awkward demisexual and almost never serious (Just ask my therapist).
OG: If you’ve been in the business long enough, you know there’s a seedy-side of cosplay photographers? What’s your horror story?
Elora: In my old stomping grounds of Colorado, had a huge movement not too long ago where a lot of people came forward and outed photographers that were harassing cosplayers. Photographers photographing underaged cosplayers, which is very inappropriate here in the states, to even sexually assaulting them and even rape. In this( cancel? )culture we’re living in, I personally think it’s wise to have a ‘White List’ of photographers you can trust.
Elora: Also, ask around when it comes to photographers you will potentially work with. The cosplay community is like playing 6 Degrees to Kevin Bacon. It’s not hard to connect to another cosplayer if the situation calls for it. After StarFest, I have a reputation now of being a whistle-blowing cosplayer that con-creeps actively avoid.
OG: I may not have daughters, but I do have nieces who often cosplay and that would absolutely make my blood boil if that ever happens to them. Good for You!!!
OG: This next question is just really bad timing. What are your thoughts about Lewd photography? Is that something Elora Elora does? Is it recommended for cosplayers with or without experience should do?
Elora: Boudoir/Dudoir photography is so much fun, it’s very empowering. As long as the person is still having fun taking pictures in pretty lingerie, or micro-bikinis in Hatsune Miku wigs. If it’s to just make money or keep your follower count up, that’s a question the person themselves needs to think on.
OG: When not wearing your constricting corset, heavy make-up, a ton of props, pervs stalking you at conventions, or not doing a photoshoot, what sort of thing Elora Elora loves wearing around the house/apartment and a chance to relax?
Elora: I wear a lot of comfy clothes, band shirts, dresses and I enjoy looking dapper but about 85% of my closet is black. When at home I usually have to force myself to relax and I catch up on TV shows and watch movies I actually have to devote attention to. Otherwise, I have a habit of putting on Game Grumps or Critical Role while sewing and crafting.
OG: What can our readers expect to see Elora Elora in this optimistic 2020 New Year?
Elora: This past 2019, I had a lot of ambitious goals I actually reached, but I also catch myself looking back at 2019 and ask, “How did I not die that year?”
Elora: I’m mentally, emotionally and spiritually looking behind my shoulder suspicious because 2020 is going really well. I’m not disclosing right now where I’ll be guesting this year, however, folks can find me at DragonCon this September and I’m really excited about it.
Time we ask Elora Elora our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geeky questions!”
OG: Is the movie Fargo, a good/bad representation of how people from Minnesota talk?
Elora: Never seen it! However, definitely the longer you live here, especially if you’re from certain towns, the stronger the accent is. I was 22 years old before I knew how to say tag and bag instead of teg and beg.
OG: Do you own anything that says, the Minnesota Gophers?
Elora: I do but I live closer to Fighting Hawks, formally the Fighting Sioux, and Bison territory.
OG: How tall are you?
Elora: 5 feet, 9.25 inches. I am very specific when telling people my height because I have been burned one too many times on Tinder dates with guys who claim to be 5’10”-5’11” and upon meeting I can see the top of their heads.
OG: So shameful! Guys, you can’t hide what’s outside!
OG: Out of thousands of Minnesota lakes out there, what’s your favorite lake to express the swimmer-Viking in you?
Elora: Minnesota actually has a little over 11,000 lakes. I live within a 30-minute drive from two, however, last year I was able to visit Duluth and Lake Superior is my favorite because it’s so scary when it wants to be, especially in winter, but very beautiful in the calm summer months.
OG: Is there any special talent or ability that Elora Elora can do that no one knows about?
Elora: I’m an ordained minister, I’ve officiated two weddings so far. I used to be on a roller derby team when I was twenty. I can think of no other special talents other than touching my tongue to my nose.
OG: Holy Roller-Skates!!!
OG: What movie will always make Elora Elora cry every time she sees it?
OG: Being a Youtuber, If given an opportunity to host your very own Celebrity Viking reality show? What celebrities would you invite to come? ( 5 celebrities please)
Elora: So in a world where all these men don’t have partners, I’d invite Jason Mamoa, Bill Skarsgård, Gustaf Skarsgård, Pedro Pascal and Donald Glover to compete on a bachelorette-style TV show. Plot twist they all win and instead of getting roses they get throwing axes or something.
OG: What superpowers would Elora Elora have if granted a wish?
Elora: Teleportation. I hate driving. Plane tickets are expensive.
OG: Do you currently own any IKEA furniture?
Elora: IKEA furniture? Do I look like old money to you?
OG: What is the #1 thing you should never leave without when on your way to a convention or photoshoot?
Elora: This may sound odd but an umbrella. I’m fair-skinned and burn easily from the sun, but also if it’s snowing or raining my body paint or 16 oz of makeup won’t melt off my skin.
OG: How good is a Juicy Lucy?
Elora: I’m a naughty child and have never had one!
OG: On an online dating application, would you check off the YES box for quilting fanatic?
Elora: Maybe if I was 100 years old? My Grandma taught me the basics of sewing and helped me make my first and only quilt when I was a kid but otherwise I never had the desire to quilt like a good Lutheran.
OG: Have you ever thrown your beret in downtown Minneapolis?
Elora: Berets? Ugh no! I prefer the fashion choices of the Dick Van Dyke show anyhow.
OG: Have you ever Forged something out of iron before?
Elora: Actually yeah, when I was in high school I was a bit of a tomboy, always wanted to push the gender-boundaries that my private school was so set on keeping, and I was the only girl who knew how to weld.
Elora: I did two projects for a regional competition our school attended every spring; crafty garden decor and whatnot out of things I found in my grandparent’s pasture.
Elora: So TECHNICALLY yes. Would I be able to pick up the craft again? Absolutely not.
OG: If Elora Elora could go back in time, where would she go and what part of history would she change?
Elora: As a feminist in 2020 I’m pretty content here, actually. I have a lot to do right now.
OG: If you could sum up your entire life in one film, what word would that be?
OG: What would Elora Elora’s theme song be?
Elora: Probably “Jimmy Barnes Screaming Cowboy 10 Hours”
OG: Lots of cosplayers hate being asked this question, Can I get a Hug?
Elora: Okay… this is like when you ask someone before going out “Is this outfit too much?” If you have to ask… it’s too much. I’m a very outgoing, warm person when in my cosplay-persona and will probably be the person to initiate a hug if the vibe and body language are there…
Elora: But, I’m also a cosplayer with PTSD and will speak up and say “I’d rather not be touched right now.”
OG: That’s a wrap everyone. Thank you so much, Elora Kay, for being a lovely cosplayer and a great person to interview. If I could ask one more question, where can our fans find more of you?
Elora: Thank you for having me. It was a pleasure talking to Outright Geekery. Here are my websites for more of me.
Elora Kay website: www.elorakaycosplay.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/elorakayofficial
Instagram: @elorakay on IG