Cosplay Profile: Swiss Cosplayer Kishi Chris
Cosplayer Kishi Chris
In our search for interview stories throughout this small world, Outright Geekery arrives in the town of Lausanne, Switzerland. Because of this country’s neutrality over the years, it’s countryside and architecture of its buildings have never been disturbed due to war. Legend has it since the city is built over three deep slopes it reflects the women of Lausanne’s beautiful legs. Our next cosplayer guest may be responsible for her town’s landscape. This woman gives not only her legs but everything she has to bring her character to come to life. Her name is Leila Christen, but she is known around the internet as Kishi Chris. She is never afraid of trying new and interesting things and learning more about her craft. Leila’s love for cosplay is as big as her heart and once you meet her you can’t help but love her. So without further delay, let’s give an Outright Geekery warm U.S welcome to Kishi Chris!
OG: Welcome Kishi to our interview zone. We really appreciate you so much for doing this interview with us.
Kish: Oh, my! Thank you so much for that introduction, I am so flattered to be here. I love interviews especially when I have the chance to talk about my artistry and the country that I love.
OG: That is AWESOME!
OG: We, at Outright Geekery, it is tradition to offer some words of encouragement in times where you might be at your lowest and might wanna give it all up. If that should ever happen please remember the following: If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room! We hope these words carry you through your career. With that being said, let us proceed!
OG: Please allow us to know you better and tell all about yourself?
Kish: I was born in Switzerland in Vevey (a cute little town). I am Cancer and I am of Swiss and Tunisian origin. I speak French and English, I speak a little bit of Arabic. My natural hair color is black with brown highlights (which I have right now but every year I change color Hehe)! My eyes are brown. I usually listen to music, watch anime or series. Otherwise, I’ll take care of myself. Yes, I love animals! Especially the pomeranian. They’re tiny dogs with cub heads, they’re adorable, I love spring, I find this season beautiful and perfect. It’s not too hot or too cold. I read manga and comics, I listen to all kinds of music. I frequent otaku and geek shops, I go mostly to bars with friends and otherwise I love cinema and bowling. Shopping is also very important! This is my second passion after cosplay. I’ve visited 10 countries already. Switzerland is a rather quiet country, people are pleasant and discreet.
OG: Was there nickname people call you?
Kish: Kishi for the cosplayers and if not Lala for my family.
OG: What is the official drink for you for any occasion?
Kish: Cold tea fishing is what I drink.
OG: What sort of child were your growing up?
Kish: No, at the time I was very reserved and shy, I hid a lot. Fortunately, I have evolved over time and I am super happy now.
OG: How did you start cosplay?
Kish: I started cosplaying with a classmate who played cosplay and also had a Japanese style.
OG: How old were you when you started?
Kish: I was 19 when I started cosplay.
OG: According to previous interviews, the first cosplay is always the most difficult, was it for you?
Kish: I had spent a lot of time on my very first cosplay and yes for me it was difficult because I wanted it to be perfect.
OG: What was your first cosplay outfit?
Kish: Street Fighter’s Chun-Li. I had to change the outfit and the basic wig a bit.
OG: Living in such a beautiful country like yours, do people like cosplay?
Kish: Yes, people love cosplay and are quite respectful towards cosplayers.
OG: Is it widely accepted?
Kish: A few years back, ordinary people thought we were weird, now they appreciate our work on our cosplay.
OG: The photo shoots must be amazing out there, but do you suffer from the cold?
Kish: No, we are used to it in Switzerland (Haha, haha)!
OG: Since you’ve been for years being a cosplayer, is there an anime/manga or another character you like to do?
Kish: The characters I love doing are the characters in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, it’s also my favorite manga.
OG: Is there a cosplay outfit now that you don’t like but your fans love?
Kish: I love all the characters I do!
OG: As a young and beautiful woman, does a woman’s body matter what kind of characters she should do?
Kish: No, not really. Everyone is free to do whatever cosplay character she likes. I am for the body-positive and as long as the person feels comfortable, that’s what is the important thing!
OG: What kind of cosplay character do you find attracted to?
OG: Is it sexy, warrior, video game character or whatever you like to do?
Kish: I do everything, as long as I am interested in the character’s story and appeal to me.
OG: Are your outfits based on art or what your fans want to see you on?
Kish: On art, I do what I like first.
OG: The burning question of the day, have you ever done body painting? If so, with which character did you do it?
Kish: So yes I did it just recently with my Oc Cyberpunk 2077. It’s pretty cool to do!
OG: Is it really hard to scrub all that bodypaint out of your skin? What about places you can’t reach?
Kish: No, it’s not too difficult to remove, you just have to Rub well.
OG: Do you also use makeup to bring the character to life?
Kish: For me, makeup is very important in cosplay. Without makeup for cosplay, I think there’s something missing.
OG: Are you proud of your work or are you critical?
Kish: I’m always proud of my work. Of course, there are things I would like to improve over time.
OG: Is it difficult to have a relationship when you are a cosplayer?
Kish: When you don’t have a lot of notoriety it’s not difficult but I think it’s more complicated to find someone once you’ve gained notoriety.
Kish: We don’t necessarily want to push away the attention of the person who wants to get together with us.
OG: Do all the cosplay outfits you create reflect your personality? Or is your personality a reflection of your cosplay outfits?
Kish: Yes most of the time the characters I do in cosplay mostly resemble me in terms of their stories and their characters.
OG: What’s been your most difficult cosplay outfit to achieve?
Kish: I think it was the very first because at the time I did not know what material used.
OG: What kind of planning do you do when you want to make/wear a cosplay outfit?
Kish: I plan according to the conventions I make during the year. I also look at what is current and what people prefer.
OG: Who does your photoshoot for you?
Kish: I do my own photoshoots or I do with photographers but only in the convention.
OG: How do you feel comfortable taking pictures?
Kish: It’s all about feeling, if I get along well with the photographer, I naturally pose well.
OG: Our next set of questions deals with obscene photos. Should cosplayers take obscene photos?
Kish: No, no one is obliged to take obscene photos. We mustn’t force that.
OG: Should cosplayers do it for art or for-profit?
Kish: It depends on one. Some will do for art and others for profit. Everyone has his opinion on this, for my part: do what you like is the most important.
OG: Would you consider making Boudoir photos to sell to fans?
Kish: I like the boudoir but not at the points of making obscene photos for the fans.
OG: Would you consider doing it and would you do it for your fans or for yourself?
Kish: I rarely do boudoir, but I do it for myself.
OG: In these days of a miracle when you don’t have a photoshoot or convention, how does Kishi relax and enjoy the day by being himself?
Kish: I continue cosplay despite the current conditions. I photograph myself at home with a lot of editing. Otherwise, I play sports.
OG: How did you choose your cosplayer name, Kishi Chris?
Kish: Kishi comes from Rohan Kishibe (a character in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) who is one of the favorite characters of the author of this manga.
Kish: I chose Kishi because the character really fits me in real life, he’s an artist like me and who gives it his all. Chris comes from my last name Christen simply.
OG: Do you have tattoos or piercings?
Kish: So I have a piercing in the ear (the industrial) and if not the two piercings with lobes.
OG: If so, what are they and if there is any sense to that?
Kish: The industrialist I did with my best friend. She and I have known each other for almost 20 years and we wanted to make a mark!
OG: What kind of tattoos do you want to have in the near future?
Kish: A Venetian mask to represent my passion for cosplay and my job as a seamstress.
OG: Are you able to enjoy your artwork? Or do you suffer like all of us?
Kish: Yes, despite the confinement, I still practice my passion.
OG: Do you make a good salary by doing what you love?
Kish: Not with cosplay because it’s not my job. Otherwise yes I have a good salary.
OG: Does Kishi Chris work outside the world of cosplayers?
Kish: Yes, I’m a designer for wedding dresses.
OG: Is there a large group of cosplayers in Switzerland?
Kish: Yes, most cosplayers are part of the Swiss Cosplay Family.
Kish: It is a group where we help each other and share our passion for cosplay through conventions via stands or conferences.
OG: Do the other cosplayers support each other?
Kish: Yes there is a lot of support in Switzerland, not a lot of competition between us.
OG: How do your fans treat you?
Kish: They’re adorable and they’re very supportive of me. I just love them,
OG: Has there ever been a strange request for a fan’s photo?
Kish: Yes a “fan” who wanted me to go further in my photos (naked and obscene photo). I refused, of course.
OG: What were the most remote places you’ve ever been to?
Kish: I’m going to Montreal, Tokyo, Beijing and the latest one in Los Angeles.
OG: What sort of things have you been keeping busy during the pandemic?
Kish: I put away my workshop and did big storage in my room.
Kish: I continued my cosplay projects and got back into the sport. I make a little program for the day.
OG: What do you miss most since you’ve been stuck at home?
Kish: My friends and my outings.
OG: What does Kirshi Chris cosplay have in store for 2020?
Kish: I have a lot of plans for this year 2020, I will collaborate with several cosplayers from different countries.
OG: What kind of cosplay outfits can we see in 2020?
Kish: So a lot of anime cosplay and a few video games. Otherwise Oc with a style inspired by Japan.
OG: Will there be new things you plan to do to expand your work?
Kish: I have a big armor waiting for me and that will be a big challenge.
OG: If you’ve never become a cosplayer, what passion would you like to get involved with?
Kish: I think I would go around the world because I love discovering new cultures.
OG: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Kish: I still see myself so passionate about cosplay and travel. I can see myself sharing my life with the person I love.
OG: What advice can you offer inspiring new cosplayers?
Kish: To do what they care about, not compare themselves with others and love the present moment.
It’s time to ask Kishi Chris our “So-Far OutRight, Just-Geekery Questions!”
OG: Are you a math or science genius?
Kish: No, not at all. I’m fascinated by science, but I hate math.
OG: What is Kishi Chris most afraid of?
Kish: Spiders disgust me!
OG: Can someone look at the window of the Lindt Chocolate Factory for hours?
Kish: In Switzerland, we are used to chocolate so no need. Haha, haha!
OG: Can you juggle?
Kish: Yes with only two bullets!
OG: How long would it take to travel through Switzerland from one part of the country to another?
Kish: A few months or so.
OG: If we were to visit, what places would you show us your country?
OG: Being your country is the chocolate capital of the world, do you like chocolate?
Kish: Chocolate is my life!
OG: What Karaoke song would you sing for a chance to win $1 million?
Kish: A nursery rhyme is very simple to sing and remember.
OG: This question gets mixed answers. Can I have a hug?
Kish: Yes of course!
OG: thank you so much, Kishi Chris that amazing interview, It’s in Tha Books! We really appreciate you making this world a little more interesting to know and appreciate. If we could ask for one more question and ask where can our readers find more about you?
Kish: Thank you so much for the opportunity. This was such a pleasure doing this interview. A wonderful moment.
Kish: Here are my websites anyone can find more of me. Thanks, Everyone!