Confidence by Cosplay: Sailor Moon

At SC Comicon 2017 I fulfilled a longtime dream of mine; I cosplayed Sailor Moon. It wasn’t perfect, but it was me. I wanted to take some time to reflect on how much I’ve grown since the last time I was the pretty guardian in a sailor suit. Not only is it awesome for me to see the changes, but sharing changes with others can sometimes help them in their journeys as well.

Once Upon a Time

I discovered Sailor Moon at a young age as I grew up in the precious 1990’s when she was first airing in the United States. *GASP* I grew up without cable, so I only got to watch her when we were at friend’s houses when it just so happened to be on leading into Dragonball Z. At least the boys were nice enough to indulge me my girly TV before the DBZ. In those moments I was instantly obsessed like any good princess loving girl should be.

Fast forward to freshmen year of college where I called my mom to let her know that I had to be Sailor Moon for my first college Halloween experience. It was the perfect choice obviously. Together my mom and I threw together a college-acceptable scout uniform. Let’s take a look.

My mom helped me with the skirt and the collar with bows. Those boots are Funtasma. The shirt, headband (“tiara”), earrings, and gloves were purcased, and that fantastic hairdo of simple pigtails was styled by yours truly. Let’s not overlook the fact that at this point in my life the only time I had ever worn makeup was when someone else had put it on for me, so you can take a gander at my frighteningly shiny, acne ridden forehead:

A Magical Transformation

It’s been almost 9 years since that epic night! Thanks to the support of my friends I finally got the courage to cosplay my beloved Sailor Moon. I made this entire costume except for the tiara and the boots!

To me the difference is unbelievable:

  • I have learned to love my pale skin, and I no longer torture it by neglecting the SPF.
  • Eating healthy, hormone balance, skin care with no harsh chemicals, and a little less stress has helped my skin clear up.
  • Makeup is now something I use to enhance my looks instead of believing it would turn me into something I’m not.
  • I’ve learned to embody a character, and even after the costume comes off I am able to take their best traits with me as part of my own artillery.

The most important takeaway for me is while I love myself in this costume I have also grown into someone who I love out of costume as well. I am my own hero.

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April 10, 2017 at 09:04 AM

I love this post so much!! You rocked Sailor Moon in college and you definitely rocked her now 🙂 Cosplay is amazing in how it really boots self-confidence – I agree that since I started cosplaying I’m so much more self-confident and it’s true how you can take traits of a character and apply it in real life.

April 10, 2017 at 10:04 AM
– In reply to: Kyla

Thanks girl. It took a while to write this because I just felt like it was so hard to get the point across. I’m glad you can relate!

Diane Howardreply
April 10, 2017 at 06:04 PM

I am so proud of you! I have always known you were special and would discover it as you grew older!

Mary Connerreply
April 10, 2017 at 09:04 PM

Fantastic Sadie. You’ve come such a long way. I’m happy for you!

April 18, 2017 at 08:04 PM

Believe me, we’ve ALL been there with early cosplay days! (No wigs, no makeup, minimal sewing, etc.) The then & now comparison is sooooo good!
I totally agree with the message of this post! Cosplay brings out such amazing qualities in everyone. And you did such a fantastic job with your NEW Sailor Moon! Fukus are NOT easy to sew. Keep me in the loop about MomoCon~!

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