Fantasy Russian Cosplayer Yuna Kari Interview
Cosplayer Yuna Kari Interview
It’s the miracles from people we don’t often acknowledge that make this world just a little better to be part of. While the world continues to be in LOCKDOWN, this cosplayer makes the best of her time doing what she loves to do by making props and cosplay outfits. Welcome back readers and in this week’s exclusive interview, we meet this Russian lovely that has more patience than most people. Her name is Yuna Kari and she has the heart of a cosplayer. So please give a warm American welcome to our cosplayer lovely, Yuna Kari.
OG: Welcome Yuna Kari. First off, thank you for sticking with us. We just wanted to tell our fans that is interview almost didn’t happen. Praise God it was found and from this point on its smooth sailing from here on out.
Yuna: Thank you for this interview, I really appreciate it.
OG: We, at Outright Geekery, have recently started a tradition whenever a cosplayer does an interview with us. It’s our way to offer you a lift of inspiration to you on those days when the world is against you. That you need words of kindness and love to bring you back on top. Here goes, “You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you”. There, I’ve said it and you can keep it. Please, Yuna Kari, tell our readers about you.
Yuna: Hi! My name is Ana (short version from Anastasia), I am Ukrainian (surprise) but I live in Moscow (Russia) since 2009 and consider myself more Russian than Ukrainian. I was born in a small city near Kyiv but at 7 I decided that I like big cities and I am bored in the countryside. I’ve moved to Moscow when I was 19 and this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Yuna: My eyes are dark-hazel, I am Libra, I speak English, Russian, and Ukrainian fluently and my German is rather basic. Well about the hair color. I am blonde but my natural one is completely opposite – dark brown, almost black. I’ve received lots of rewards from cons in Russia like Hinode Power Japan, Animatsuri, Cha-no-yu, Festival of Asian Pop-culture, Toguchi, and many others. I’ve also worked as a cosplay model on Comic-Con Russia 3 years in a row, mostly for Nintendo Russia.
OG: What’s your favorite Anime to watch?
OG: Are you a bookworm? What’s Yuna Kari’s passion for things to love?
Yuna: I read so many books that it’s difficult to say which one is truly favorite, however, I read Harry Potter like a million times :))) When not cosplaying my passion is traveling – the world is so big and I have seen so little of it. I am definitely an animal lover and have two bunnies at home. I love indie rock, light rock, different kinds of rock music. I am not really vegan but I love coconut milk-based products and I drink gallons of coffee 😀 Mos
OG: Are you Russia’s elite hard-core gamer?
Yuna: I do not consider myself a real gamer but I love playing Final Fantasy games so much <3
OG: Were you a shy girl performing in front of others growing up?
Yuna: I don’t think I was ever shy however I was and still am nervous when I come to stage. I fight it with lots of planning and rehearsals but I still get the feeling of my heart going to jump out of my chest when performing on the stage :O
OG: Here’s a question to really warm-up the interview. Is something you wanted to confess right now, with us, something you did a long time ago as a child?
Yuna: I am ready to confess. I watched Sailor Moon a lot when I was a kid 🙂 And actually got heavily bullied because of that as anime was considered being something negative where I lived. I am happy that later I met so many people whom we shared the same interest and got lots of topics to talk about.
OG: Was there something inside you, as a child, always wanting to dress-up in fantasy costumes?
Yuna: When I was a kid a liked to dress up as a Princess – and I still do! Look at my Snow White cosplay 😉
OG: Doesn’t it get too cold to cosplay outdoors?
Yuna: In Moscow sometimes it gets critically cold – up to -30°C. Even -15 feels like -25 here because of Atlantic air humidity.
OG: Was there ever a character you always wanted to become in real life?
Yuna: I liked the stories about Romanov Family but unfortunately, I knew she didn’t survive… However I love the movie ‘Anastasia’ about her and hope to cosplay Little Miss Anya one day 🙂 I liked lots of Disney characters like Belle or Pocahontas – strong women fighting for their ideals and loved ones so I looked up to them.
OG: Is that the real Kristoff, from the movie Frozen? What a catch. What’s the scoop on him?
Yuna: That handsome gentleman will be flattered)) This is Alex, we’re dating for 2/5 years and living together so I mostly think of him as my husband. We were in the same Bleach project together and found we have lots in common. Just before our performance we fell in love and started a relationship *blushing*
OG: When did you start to cosplay in your career?
Yuna: I started cosplaying relatively late because I didn’t have money for cosplay and I didn’t want my Mom to bother about paying for my hobby. I was 19-20 when I started and my first decent cosplay was Sharon Rainsworth from ‘Pandora Hearts’. My so-long-desired Princess dress ☺
OG: Did Prop-making become something you eventually fell into while you cosplayed?
Yuna: I make props and costumes, although, at times, I work for commissions whenever someone is interested in my props. The first prop I needed to make was 5 sets of Attack on Titan 3D maneuver gear for the whole cosplay team of 13! In the beginning, we didn’t succeed and had to remake everything from scratch. Everything looked of poor quality. Since I was the main character, I cosplayed Mikasa, I couldn’t allow my team to show up with poorly made props so I became heavily involved in the construction along with two other teammates and managed to get them all of their gear/props together.
OG: Was there ever a time you did not like a particular cosplay outfit?
Yuna: I love all the characters I make. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be making them. Even if I am asked to work on a costume on commissions, I try to choose characters who are attracted to me in some way. However, I often remake costumes as I am not satisfied with the result. (I remade Yuna summoner outfit twice already and had 6 of her wigs 😀 Still not satisfied)
OG: Earlier, you have mentioned you absolutely love to travel to far-off places. What places have you traveled and did you bring your cosplay wear for a Round the World photoshoot?
Yuna: As I mentioned before, I like traveling a lot so I like to combine my two hobbies. I had several photoshoots outside Russia. Places like the Ukraine, Montenegro, Spain, Belarus, and Thailand. I started making travel cosplay photoshoots only recently so I hope to make photoshoots in many more countries around the globe.
OG: Does the makeup make a Big Difference when portraying a cosplay character?
Yuna: Make-up is a huge thing to embody the character right, but currently, I am still learning. I have been doing make up for myself and Alex all the time. However, I sometimes turn to professional makeup artists (who have special education) and they make my make-up even more amazing!
OG: Do you find yourself being the center of everyone’s attention whenever you do an outdoor photoshoot event?
Yuna: I remember a photoshoot that took place at Nizhni Novgorod during the Day of the Airborne Troops. Lots of people were celebrating the event who decided to interrupt us during our photoshoot. They asked all kinds of silly questions, started mocking us, and photo-bombed us whenever they had the chance. This was a stressful and difficult day, not to mention the lack of sunlight. Our floating lilies, which held tiny candles inside, started blowing out. But in the end, the photos were really splendid and now looking back, it’s fun to remember ☺
OG: We want to dive deep into your sycosis. Are the characters you choose reflect your personality or is your personality reflect the cosplay characters you become?
Yuna: I think I am more of a reflection in costumes since I create cosplay my way and bring my own emotions to the details and photos. However, I wouldn’t cosplay someone whom I really despise or am a 100% opposite. I rarely make damsels in distress for example :p
OG: What sort of characters that draw in Yuna Kari to play the part? Is it Sexy or Warrior piece?
Yuna: I am drawn to both. I don’t have any cosplay I hate ☺ Well, I like strong girls who might even not seem that strong at the beginning. I like those who fight for their own beliefs and support others, hate whining characters, and crybabies. Sometimes I ask for cosplay suggestions and maybe I had 1-2 costumes made as someone’s idea but 90% of my cosplays I choose myself.
OG: Yuna Kari, from all the characters you’ve portrayed, is there a thing called, Cosplayer High?
Yuna: Of course, I get HIGH and thrilled and happy while cosplaying otherwise I won’t be doing it for more than 10 years. I feel I become a character, I am happy that most of the time people recognize me and ask for photos. It feels inspiring!
Yuna: Cosplaying has become much more popular in Russia in the last 5-7 years. I think it also depended much on geek culture development, as the range of characters for cosplay became greater – movies, games, Netflix series, all the Marvel and DC sequels. Before that people mostly cosplayed anime and manga and a really small % of society was familiar with the source.
Yuna: I am so glad to work with other cosplayers and I am really honored when other cosplayers invite me for collaboration. I admire detailed, neat, and HQ cosplays if talking about not the characters but the visual part of cosplay. I like both sexy and armored cosplay, huge detailed costumes and plain but accurate. I think the quality is what makes the difference along with having fun ☺
OG: Does the body size of a woman matter when it comes to portraying a cosplay character?
Yuna: Oh, at this point, most people will probably not agree with me. I think that it actually matters in the terms of proportions if you love the character and want to make it professional, looking really close to the original. I personally like some huge manly characters but can’t cosplay them. I am not a 2-meter tall guy with muscles :D.
OG: No! NO>NO>NO! DEAR GOD, NO! Nononoonononon… Go on, please.
Yuna: BUT! Nowadays there are plenty of characters for any possible figure, height, weight, body type, etc. I am sure everyone can find someone they like.
OG: So, from my understanding, if you don’t have the height or build, then one should look for another cosplay character to portray.
Yuna: On the other hand, if you want to make the character you admire and don’t want to choose someone else you can get some tricks to make cosplay gorgeously. Make-up, corsets, men torsos, heels, and craft help a lot in turning yourself in a totally different person. I am simply amazed to see how some of my friends look completely different with and without cosplay.
OG: What’s your opinion on Lewds or Boudoir photos? Is it for profit or for artistry?
Yuna: I am totally fine with Lewds/Nudes/Boudoir and what not as far as it looks beautiful and aesthetic. Women can do whatever they like for any reasons just keep it HQ (High Quality).
OG: Is there in the works of a very expensive, very elaborate cosplay outfit you’re making?
Yuna: Oh, I guess I am making my most expensive outfit now, it is a secret yet but I can give a hint – this is someone from FGO.
OG: Almost all cosplayers have a personal tattoo or a piercing of some kind. Do you have any to tell?
Yuna: I have a spider lily tattoo on my shoulder blade, 3 piercings in 1 ear, and 1 in another.
OG: Are you able to profit from your artwork or sewing talents?
Yuna: Yes, I have been selling at first my readymade costumes and then started taking commissions together with Alex and one more friend. I haven’t had any other job for a year already, except work on cons and commissioned photoshoots.
OG: How about photos of your amazing cos-wear, are you able to sell that as well?
Yuna: I also sell digital photos and prints as I had many requests to start a print shop. I get a decent salary and I am happy to make other people happy. I love all the costumes and props we do. We put lots of love, effort, and passion into them.
OG: Now don’t hold-out on us. Are there any special projects in the works for us to see?
Yuna: I usually try not to spoil my plans as I don’t want my followers to be disappointed, but I can tease you a little. I have several plans for remakes of my old FF costumes, some new ones from Final Fantasy, one or maybe two costumes from Fire Emblem, and many new photoshoots.
OG: I’m told you are not feeling 100% lately. How are you feeling now?
Yuna: I have been ill for a couple of weeks and hope the medication will work well as it is something rather serious. However, I am a fighter and I keep working slowly but persistently. I can’t thank my fans enough for being so patient and understanding! This means the world to me. I have also done small workouts, watched lots of movies and series, changed my Deviant art with a new look, rearranged my working space in my tiny flat.
OG: Has this COVID-19 pandemic affected the country you live in and it’s people?
Yuna: Our country has been affected dramatically as lots of people have lost their jobs and their means of survival. I hate to talk about politics but the government doesn’t support people well enough causing strikes and revolts in some areas to start. I do hope this will end soon. I personally think that The Pandemic has affected all the spheres of life for many of us.
OG: What sort of advice can Yuna Kari offer to these new and inspiring young cosplayers out there?
Yuna: I think my best advice is – follow your heart. If cosplaying even an unpopular character gives you joy – go for it! Don’t let other people or bad comments bring you down. Don’t be afraid to try something new,i.e. if you always wanted a professional shoot but were too shy to ask a photographer – now’s the best time to try.
Yuna: Experiment, start difficult costumes, ask for advice, read tutorials, try shooting in unusual places. If it doesn’t turn out great – don’t worry, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Time we ask Yuna Kain Cosplay our, “So-Far OutRight Just-Geeky questions!”
OG: Is there an American food you would absolutely love to taste for the first time?
Yuna: American pie, BBQ ribs, Thanksgiving Day turkey and peanut butter sandwich
OG: How can you tell someone you never met in your life he/she is Russian?
Yuna: If you scream ‘SHARK’ people will start rushing out of water…Russian will rush INTO the water 😀
OG: If your life was made into a movie, what actress would play Yuna Kain?
OG: Would you be offended if someone called you, My little Babushka?
Yuna: I would be rolling on the floor with laughter XD
OG: Do you believe John Wick is the Baba Yaga?
Yuna: I believe he’s a vampire as Keanu Reeves never gets old!
OG: Before cosplay, were you a Chess player, a gymnast, or a concert pianist?
Yuna: A gymnast and a swimmer
OG: What superpower would you want to have to make this world a better place?
Yuna: Super Charisma so people would listen to me.
OG: The top 5 answers are on the Board. Name something that people do to make themselves look like JERKS?
Yuna: Being rude / Bullying / Constantly lying / Going after people who are weaker than you / And Sofa critics
OG: What song or music piece that will always make Yuna Kain be inspired?
OG: If you were chosen to play in a Horror Movie, what weird and insane way your character would die from?
Yuna: Got killed by a mirror
OG: If you could go back into Time and change a part of history, what would you change?
Yuna: Not let COVID-19 spoil us this year
OG: How do you say in Russian, “The tires of your car are on top of my feet!”
Yuna: Vy mne nogi pereehali!
OG: If you make 1 wish to come true, what would it be?
Yuna: If it is personally my wish I would like to be able to travel anywhere in the world with no limits
OG: What Disney character would you want as a Best Friend forever?
Yuna: Mu-Shu ☺
OG: One of the toughest questions to ask you is this, Can I get a Hug?
Yuna: Awwwwwww, sure
OG: Thank you, Yuna Kari, for that interview. We really appreciate you sticking with us and coming out like a Champ. If we could ask one more question and ask where can our readers find more of Yuna Kari?
Yuna: Thank you for reaching out and having this interview. For more of me just go to the following website links:
Facebook: Yuna Kairi cosplay – Home
Cosplay costumes for sale and commissions: https://www.etsy.com/shop/YunaandAlexstore
Digital photoshoots are available here: https://gumroad.com/yunacosplaystore
Worldcosplay: Профиль | Yuna
Ko-fi for support: https://ko-fi.com/yunakairi