Super Showgirl Cosplay Interview
Super Showgirl Cosplay
Welcome back, Outright Geekery readers, as we have another sensational cosplayer interview. All the way from Australian, this native-born Singapore has survived a thousand battles as a transgender but no signs of ever slowing down. Darlene, or better known as, Super ShowGirl Cosplay, has made tremendous strides speaking about discriminating injustice and looks forward to the day all men, women, and transgenders are all equal. Please, show your love and welcome this shining star into your hearts as Outright Geekery presents SuperShowGirl cosplay.
OG: Welcome Darlene. We are so thankful for having this interview with us today.
SSCG: Thank you so much for having me here. I’m both scared and excited about doing this interview with Outright Geekery.
OG: Believe me, there’s nothing to be scared about us whatsoever. We are honored you being here. In keeping up with traditions, we always offer some kind words to lift your spirit whenever you find life being a burden to you. Here we go, “When moments of inspiration leaves you, don’t wait for it to come back. You have to go after it with a club!”
OG: With that being said, would you be so kind and tell us about yourself.
SSCG: Hey everybody, I’m Darlene. I’m a Singapore-born-Australian transgender cosplayer.
As a Taurean, for someone who’s 5’4, brown eyes and very petite, I’m very feisty and very outspoken. I stand my truth as much as I can. I believe that’s the only way to be in order to survive in this day and age. Since my background is from ever-so-multicultural Singapore, I mixed easily with the other races there. And I could speak a few their languages too, like Chinese & Malay.
SSCG: The accolades I’ve received as a cosplayer is that I have won a number of competitions held by the various comic book stores, being featured in numerous magazines as well as posters in the newspapers. My favorite comic book to read, which is my go-to, is the Jim Balent Catwoman series, now released as a Trade Paperback. So much easier than to bring a few issues in my handbag, Haha!
SSCG: When I’m not cosplaying, I love making cosplays and costumes. I like to separate them two simply because my entity Super Showgirl Cosplay is exactly what I mean. When it comes to my pop culture character interpretations, I call them Cosplays. When it’s my entertainment world, I call them costumes. Besides that, I love decorating my shelves at home with the different collectibles I have been collecting ever since I first came to Australia 20 years ago.
SSCG: My go-to music, which is in my daily mp3, is the live versions /live performances of my favorite Pop/R&B artists, such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Pussycat Dolls, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Little Mix, and the list goes on. I don’t really have a veg-out food, but my favorite food of all time is Malaysian/ Indonesian cuisines. They are extremely fattening, so I always have to discipline myself into having small portions throughout the day. That’s a hard one to do, Haha!
OG: What kind of kid were you growing up in Singapore?
SSCG: As a kid, I love superheroes Bigtime! So my mind is always racing with flying in capes,
fighting as a transformer robot hahaha…
OG: Did you live with a strict family?
SSCG: My family background is extremely strict Muslim.
OG: Were you ever bullied at school growing up?
SSCG: Ever since in school, every now and then I do get bullied for being timid, almost effeminately-timid.
OG: Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
SSCG: My celebrity crush growing up was Janet Jackson. I want to be her so badly. And she is still my idol now, for all time.
OG: Did you have friends, during your childhood, who shared the same interest now?
SSCG: And back in my school days, I do have a friend that shares my interests even till this very day. Hi, and me, we both started collecting magazines/cd/records of our fave artists together. His was Madonna, mine as Janet. We are both entertainers now too. And best of all, we are still friends after all these years.
OG: Is there anything in your childhood past you would change?
SSCG: if there’s anything in my past that I would change? nope. Cos if I did, I wouldn’t be this me, that I have come to love, accept and respect, even after all the trials and tribulations that my life has gone through, especially during my life transitioning and as a transgender person. I can tell u so many nightmare stories! But let’s not go there for now, haha.
OG: Being a transgender, how difficult or easy is it living that lifestyle?
SSCG: Life as a transgender individual isn’t easy. To make it simple, if the transgender is passable, life will be much easier than those that are not.
OG: From the Youtube videos, you always exude a sense of positive confidence in whatever you do. Was that due to your Singapore nature or growing a tough skin over the years?
SSCG: And from my Youtube videos, people a lot seem to think I exude a sense of positive confidence in everything that I do and that’s is 100% correct. I’m extremely confident in anything that I have full knowledge and experience in, and I’m always happy to share them. And my confidence comes from living a hard life growing up, from facing all kinds of trials & tribulations.
OG: What was your first-ever cosplay outfit and how old were you?
SSCG: The first time I cosplayed and went to the comic con was ten years ago. I re-created my own version of Captain America/American Dream. I wanted it to have all the formula of the original character but also incorporate my own touch, my own sense of style and personality.
OG: Do the characters you portray change the way you feel?
SSCG: How I see myself as a cosplayer is this. I will only cosplay characters that I have known, read, felt its connection. Only then I can bring out the true personality of each of the characters that I cosplay.
OG: Do the characters you portray change the way you feel?
SSCG: My cosplays are emotional roller-coaster rides. For instance, my Wonder Woman cosplay is predominantly for Breast Cancer. And that is in honor of my late Mum. I still mourn for her death right now, even as you are reading this. The most painful part of it is, that I never got to hear her say ‘I Love You’ to me as who I am now. A few of my cosplays, I have some very powerful emotional stories I could share with u, maybe on another editorial perhaps.
OG: Do you often get criticized for your cosplay outfits? How do you handle that?
SSCG: And as everyone that reads the comics will know, there are so many iterations/ versions of a character. Be it of their origin story to their outfits or even to their deaths and reincarnations. So I always endeavor fiercely to pick the version that has the wow factor (and this is coming from my Showgirl point-of-view) as well as the appropriateness of the outfit itself.
OG: Is there anything about cosplay that you find at odds accepting as artistic?
SSCG: I really DO NOT LIKE cosplayers that wear them slutty ones, and then immaturely complain about being objectified when they are in public. If they are NOT prepared to deal with the consequences, then don’t go there. Also, it’s NOT appropriate at all to be wearing such slutty outfits at a comic convention, especially when there are families and children everywhere.
OG: Do you consider yourself to be a spokesperson for LGBT?
SSCG: Would I consider myself to be a spokesperson for the LGBT community? The question is, should I? In all honesty, anything I do that is LGBT related is personal. It’s better for me to educate the general public about me for who I am than to represent the larger LGBT community.
OG: Is there anyone out there you absolutely LOVE?
SSCG: Simply cos the entire community is always backstabbing each other, trying to trample on top of each other. I stay away from it all. I educate my #cosfam (that’s my personal hashtag for my cosplay family) who are predominantly heterosexual cosplayers ranging from 5 years old to 65 years, I think. And they love me for who I am, they accepted and stand by me for who I am. And I will always be eternally grateful for their love & acceptance for me.
OG: Was there a cosplay outfit you hated, but your fans love to see you in?
SSCG: The cosplay that I have a love/hate relationship with is my Poison Ivy. At the time I was making it, I never even think about the negative effect I would learn to feel from the reactions of people at the conventions, especially from the fanboys. It was a 2-piece I recreated, with individual leaves attached to the entire outfit.
OG: Do you prefer sexy or other characters?
SSCG: My cosplay family, we call such cosplays Tits-And-Arse Cosplay. I NEVER even thought about it while going about making it. Whenever I create something, its always from an artistic and theatrical point of view. How to make the cosplay, as true to the character as to how I would depict it.
SSCG: To me, Poison Ivy is poisonously sexy. So I made 10 pieces of 9-foot vines attached to a backpack and the other ends of them roaming free, while some of them are climbing all over my legs, arms, and body. It caused a stir that I didn’t anticipate that I didn’t like at all. I was disappointed that it brought such an attraction.
OG: Do you feel the transgender people offer a different viewpoint while doing a cosplay character?
SSCG: When people find out that I’m transgender, especially those that are not my friends, I think what goes on in their minds is almost similar to the general public from everyday life, I suppose. ‘Oh she’s trans, that means she’s male’. I have learned to NOT tune in to these vibes that I get from them, the moment they realize it.
SSCG: Cos I can always trust my instincts and I can always tell when someone knows and feels kinda awkward around me. Of course, I have confronted a few and human beings, as usual, will deflect right there on the spot. This, I have also learned to deal with. Sexual Discrimination is everywhere and in all walks of life. so I gotta deal with it or just die if I want total peace, right?!
OG: What’s been your favorite cosplay outfits?
SSCG: I do not have a favorite when it comes to my cosplays, simply cos each always brings out a very different element of excitement when I’m in them.
OG: In your Youtube videos you made, we were curious about your Birthday gift and your collection. Please tell us about your action figures?
SSCG: As for my action figures, they are an extension of my life in the pop culture world. hence my YouTube channel is about all the C’s that’s in my life. I believe they are all connected somehow. C for Cosplay, C for cabaret, C for costumes, C for comics, C for collectibles, C for comic cons, and the final C is Cooking In Cosplay, that I have not been able to do it yet cos I need to have guests for that. Maybe one day in the future, Outright Geekery can come to be my guests, be apart of my cooking process, and then talk about it, and I let you guys interview me (Hehe). Now that will be an interesting video, don’t u think so? I do!
OG: From what I’ve seen, you capture the camera’s eye.
SSCG: A lot of photographers tell me that the camera lens loves me. Sometimes, the camera lens capture too many raw details that makes me feel very insecure, but over the years I have come to be comfortable with them. It is all apart of me. If I cannot accept myself for all the flaws that I am, how can I ever accept and love someone else who they are? This, I tell myself, every day.
OG: This question seems to be split down the middle with various responses. Are all the cosplay outfits you create are the reflections of your personality?
SSCG: Yes, absolutely. ALL of my cosplays that I have picked, will have some sort of a connection to who I am, or similar personality traits, or an incident that has happened to both the character and myself.
SSCG: There are still a handful of characters that I would love to cosplay, but I just can’t bring myself to do it, cos of the painful past I am still dealing with. Every time I try to start on it, I would breakdown, or feel very afraid.
OG: What’s been your most difficult/expensive outfit ever?
SSCG: Transformers Bumblebee US $2000
OG: How did you get your cosplay name, SuperShowGirl Cosplay?
SSCG: First and foremost, “SUPER”! I grew up loving superheroes ever since I was very little, watching the 70s tv show Wonder Woman, Spider-Man. My love for superheroes is very very deep, if I may say so myself. Second-word SHOWGIRL, I have been singing dancing, choreographing ever since 1992. Performing for corporate gigs in Singapore & Malaysia for so many years and even here in Australia, I’m still very active in my showgirl life. As they say ‘Once A Showgirl Always A Showgirl’. And third, and in that order too, its COSPLAY: to me, it’s such an easy extension to my Showgirl world, where instead of making cabaret costumes, I make superhero cosplays.
OG: Are you able to profit from your cosplay or artwork? Or do you suffer like the rest of us?
SSCG: Every now and then, I do birthday events and appearances too, where I will be rewarded. Unfortunately because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of events have been canceled.
OG: What have you been doing to keep yourself busy?
SSCG: I am a homebody, I am comfortable being at home on my own. Cos I got so many fun things I can do. Making cosplays, building my shelves for my collectibles, I’m having a ball.
OG: Do you feel you have to push the envelope to keep up with the demand from fans?
SSCG: Nope, I do my cosplay for me, and for the causes that I support.
OG: Do any of your fans request anything unusual photos?
SSCG: No, I have not faced such. I just don’t think I attract such opportunities, cos most of the pop culture world that knows me knows I do not entertain such nonsense and that I will call them out and expose them to my socials.
It’s time to ask SuperShowGirl cosplay our, “So-Far Outright, Just-Geeky questions?”
OG: Is there anything you would change about yourself to make you more fabulous?
SSCG: Bigger boobs! hahaha … I am saving up at the moment.
OG: If your belly button could change anything in this world by just pressing it once, what would you change?
SSCG: I would change the state of the human evolution, I dunno about everybody else, but I wanna be immortalized once I get my boobs and a few bits and pieces done. So that I can cosplay FOREVER AND EVER! And watch all my comic book stuff come to life in the movies and tv in the future, for all time!
OG: Which bathroom stall would you go to relieve yourself: Men’s or Women’s?
OG: What myth would you like to dispel?
SSCG: The myth in the general public’s minds that I Am A Man! as they will always think, or
whisper behind my back!
OG: What fictional character in any story would you love to switch lives with?
SSCG: Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent. I want to fly and have powers!
OG: Is there a Tattoo you would secretly do to surprise someone?
OG: What nationality would you love to see everyone Cross-dress to make this world a
better place? I have no idea. I would like someone to cross-dress someone they are 100% uncomfortable to be around, just to know how it would feel on the other side. People have judged me for being me, so I would like to ask them, Men, to try and dress up and go to the mall
at the food court at lunchtime and absorb the ridicule ten folds! Then they will all learn to accept diversity and not be too easy to point a finger at someone who’s diff and make fun of them.
OG: This question often gets mixed results, Can I get a hug?
SSCG: Only if I feel comfortable with them, But I always ask a little cosplayer if I can get a hug from them, cos they are soo cute and most love me when I am in my cosplays.
OG: Thank you so much, Darlene. It is in Tha Books. Thank you so much for the wonderful interview. Here’s more information about her and of course more of Super Showgirl Cosplay.