The Emancipation of Peachy Pop Cosplay Interview
Peachy Pop Cosplay Interview
In the town where it is always good to the last drop, Seattle, Washington is known for its many coffee shops and its people. One, in particular, Outright Geekery has the privilege of meeting this week’s exclusive interview with this Anime treasure as well as a beautiful cosplayer. Her name is Mari, but in the cosplay world, she’s better known as PeachyPop cosplay. She’s an apprentice to her craft as she loves making “Bad-Ass” characters come to life. Never one to avoid a challenge, both in life and in her career, PeachyPop is someone that the word, “Failure” should be afraid of. Please, show your love and appreciation to Seattle’s best-kept secret, please welcome PeachyPop cosplay.
OG: Well, hello Seattle’s best-kept secret, PeachyPop!
OG: PeachyPop, just the name itself is so satisfying. Welcome to our, Little Place, we like to call the interview zone. We are so thankful for you allowing us to hear your side of your story and tell it to the world.
P.Pop: Thank you Outrightgeekery for this interview, I really appreciate it.
OG: We, at Outright Geekery, have a tradition. Every cosplayer we interview, we offer some words of encouragement. A dialect of inspiration whenever you may feel you are at your lowest. I hope these words will soothe you back and be inspired once again. For PeachyPop, here we go, “We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work for either is the same”. There you go, we’ve said it. Please, PeachyPop, tell us about yourself.
P.Pop: Hi! I’m Mari, and I was born in Michigan, but now live and work in Seattle. Outside of cosplay, I’m 5’5” (notice I always wear Gargantuan heels for cosplay), and I have short pink hair. I’m currently working at a data/tech company here in Seattle! I’ve been surviving the lockdown well enough; still working the same but without the hour commute into the city. I’m probably getting along better than most since I’m more of a “stay inside and play games” kinda person, rather than going out a lot.
OG: Seattle is such a wonderful city to travel and visit.
OG: Since starting your imprisonment at home, what have you been doing with yourself?
P.Pop: I recently made the jump to Twitter and TikTok and they’ve both been a ton of fun! I’ve been making goofy cosplay TikToks and it’s been very fulfilling to have a reason to put my cosplays on since most cons have been canceled. Outside of cosplaying, my hobbies are baking (mostly desserts), gardening, and playing a LOT of video games. I’ve been playing Hack//GU for the THIRD time recently, plus a whole lot of Animal Crossing. 🙂 Oh! And I play a lot of Magic the Gathering. I’m really missing Friday Night Magic now, haha.
OG: What makes Seattle fun to live in?
P.Pop: Seattle is a really fun city! LOTS of coffee shops, which is great for a caffeine junkie like me, haha. There’s also a lot more… weird people here, which I absolutely love. Lots of gaming and geekery! Everyone here comes from different places, so there are very few people born and raised here — most are transplants like me. I’ve still yet to branch out into social events outside of work events, as I’m actually very shy and anxious in person (I know, I wear giant armors and I’m still like ‘omg scared’, hahaha).
OG: Growing up from humble beginnings, what sort of child were you?
P.Pop: Growing up I was a pretty weird kid I think — I got obsessed with anime around fifth grade and haven’t been the same since. I got teased a little bit, but ah, who didn’t at that age!
OG: How old were you when you started to cosplay and did you make it yourself?
P.Pop: I started cosplaying in 2011 when I was in high school. I bought a cheap cosplay of Aigis from Persona 3 off eBay with the little money I had, poorly made the accessories out of cardboard, slapped a wig on my head with no wig cap, and went to Youmacon with a friend! I had no idea what I was doing, haha. Three months later I went to ShutoCon as well, and had two brand new cosplays I made in the time between, so I definitely got addicted!
OG: But, that is so inspirational, Good for you Girl!
OG: OK! So. you’re wearing your first cosplay ever, what were the reactions from people??
P.Pop: Even in my garbage cosplay, it was SO exciting for people to recognize me (I was a character from a not-so-popular game) and scream and run up to me! It’s a really special feeling to connect with a stranger in an “OMG YOU PLAYED THAT TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE” kinda way!
OG: This never fails. Whenever doing an outdoor photoshoot, the death stares come out. What has been your take on it and how do you handle it?
P.Pop: I definitely get some odd looks when cosplaying or taking photos outside, and it makes me SO nervous! At a con, I feel fine about it because I’m surrounded by other people in costume too. But going to public shoots outside of cons really gets me anxious like I wanna hide in a big trench coat until we get to the location.
OG: Speaking of cons you attended, what others have graced your presence, and were you treated well?
P.Pop: Speaking of cons, the only big ones I’ve had the chance to go to out here are SakuraCon (my favorite), and PAX! PAX was very strange, there were so few cosplayers and I got treated kind of like a VIP. I even got a VIP wristband at the Monster Hunter afterparty, since I wore my Odogaron armor — I didn’t expect it at all!
OG: From the photos, I was honored to see, I don’t see you being a Sassy Kind of Girl? What then?
P.Pop: I tend to go for powerful badass women when I choose cosplays. Someone that can really kick ass, you know. I really have to love a character to make a cosplay of them though and relate to them in some capacity.
OG: I have the urge to give you my lunch money!
OG: Out of all the cast of the cosplay character worn, what’s been your favorite one?
P.Pop: Satsuki is definitely my favorite (and fan-favorite) cosplay, and I’ve been wearing variations of it for nearly five years! I retouch and revamp pieces here and there to fit better and improve the structure. She’s beautiful, powerful, calculated, independent, and unflinchingly confident — things I aspire to be more like. I even got over my fear of contact lenses for that cosplay! I’m still awful at putting them in though, I always blink! D:
OG: We ask this question because we feel it needs to be addressed. Should young and beautiful women, like yourself, be dictated what sort of cosplay to portray solely on the basis of look, body type, or color?
P.Pop: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t cosplay this or that because of your body type. I started cosplaying Satsuki when I was around 190 pounds and she’s almost entirely naked — you just gotta own it! Plus, anyone that would say anything rude like “oh don’t cosplay that” or “you’re too heavy for that” are probably jerks anyway, so why would you want to do what they say?
OG: Preach the word, Peachy. Preach the word.
OG: Are all the cosplay outfits you create/wear reflections of your personality? Or is your personality a reflection of your cosplay outfits?
P.Pop: I definitely pick characters that follow a certain typing — I like the stern ones the best because I have a face that’s best for that! I’ve got a very angular face and strong jawline, so I think I look silly in cutesy cosplays.
OG: PeachyPop you remind me of Sergeant Calhoun, from Wreck-it Ralph!
OG: The next series of questions talk about Lewd/Boudoir photos. What is your take on it?
P.Pop: As for my lewd work, I had always dabbled with the idea but wasn’t certain if I wanted to do it. I got a lot of requests to make an OnlyFans, or do adult content and some of my friends were very successful in that kind of thing. On a whim, I made one, and it was received VERY well and I got a good amount of fans (who are all lovely and respectful).
OG: I’m told doing Lewds.Boudoir photographs really give a Self-Confidence Boost. Is that true?
P.Pop: I’ve only done lewds for about four months, but it’s improved my body confidence SO much, plus the extra money is awesome for buying more cosplay stuff! I typically do Lewd cosplay versions of adult-aged characters that I already cosplay — sometimes I have requests for certain outfits and whatnots.
OG: What would you say to a fellow cosplayer interested in doing it, but hasn’t decided on it?
P.Pop: I say if you have an interest in it, just go for it!
OG: you mention it does make money from it but is it enough to live-off from?
P.Pop: I make a little cash doing OnlyFans and selling prints, but my real salary comes from my full-time job for now. I would love to do cosplay professionally, maybe someday!
OG: How has the treatment from your fans on your Lewds photos?
P.Pop: I was honestly surprised at how nice and respectful most of my fans are — they’re a bunch of sweet peaches and I love them, haha.
OG: From the other side of the field, how have you treated your fans. Are you responsive to them?
P.Pop: I’m very responsive to messages so I chat with them pretty often, usually about upcoming projects or video games and whatnot.
OG: Once we all crawl out from the LOCKDOWN rock, what sort of projects will you reveal to your fans?
P.Pop; My next cosplay will likely be Atoli’s AIDA form,.Hack//GU — it’s been a dream cosplay of mine for years and I finally have the resources to make it. When I first played the game in my preteens, I actually hated the character. I thought she was dumb and annoying. Then when I replayed it in college, I realized Atoli WAS me, and she represented the parts about me I wasn’t willing to admit before. And I fell in love with her, because I related to her so much.
OG: I mentioned to you about seeing PeachyPop do this character as a personal request.
P.Pop: Xena is on my maybe-list for sure, she’s got armor AND a hell of a scowl. 🙂
OG: What would be so fantastic to see it. Please send me a photo of it when it’s ready.
OG: Other than the advice earlier, what sort of Life’s lessons would you offer to new and inspiring cosplayers out there?
P.Pop: As for advice for new cosplayers, you just have to start doing it! Even if it’s bad and you don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re making it out of cardboard! My first cosplay was pretty bad. And the second. And probably the third. I must admit they were ill-fitting, badly sewn, and looked like garbage, but I had so much fun wearing them. I learned a lot from each one!
P.Pop: It’s really important if you wanna learn to start cosplaying, just start it. Accept that the first couple outfits will be not perfect, but you’ll learn a lot and you just gotta keep going!
Time to ask PeachyPop our, “So – Far Outright it’s just Geeky questions!”
OG: What would PeachPop rather listen to while awaiting next online: The sounds of Burping or the Sounds of Chewing?
P.Pop: Oh my god, the sound of chewing makes me murderous! But the other is bad too! ;O;
OG: This question often gets mixed results. Can I Have a Hug?
P.Pop: Of course! Just don’t get poked by my armor! 😛
OG: That’s a wrap and it’s in, “Tha Books”. Thank you so much for your interview, we really appreciate it. If we could ask you one more question as to where can our fans find more information about PeachyPop?
P.Pop: Thank you Outright Geekery for having me do this interview. For more information about me, just click on the following sites.
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