Monday, May 11, 2009

Mean and Shallow

Sorry I have not posted in a while, but I have been crazy busy trying to get my costumes ready for the Anime Central (ACen) 2009 convention in Rosemont, IL.

I debuted my cosplay of The Diva Plavalaguna from the movie The Fifth Element on Friday, May 8th 2009 to rave reviews!

Jess as The Diva Plavalaguna - "The stones are in me."

I put about 5 months of work into the costume. (Click here for more details and pictures.)

It took about 2 hours to get into it, with all the blending and painting to get myself the correct shade of blue. I’d like to give a big thanks to Aaron for all his zipping and tucking skills!

I think most people who saw my costume were very impressed by it... but sadly there was tiny group who were unimpressed by the person wearing it.

Behind my back I heard a young guy comment to his friends:

“Wow. That’s a great costume. Too bad she’s fat.”

Then later on the internet I read a comment saying: “she needed Jenny Craig.”

I got hundred of complements on my costume, but these two personal criticisms stick out the most.

I am not sure if I can express what it is like to have lost - and KEPT off - over 100 pounds and still be called fat by strangers....

Seriously, when did people become so rude? Why do they think it is okay to say/post those kinds of things?

I worked so hard for the body I have now, but I guess I didn't meet their "air-brushed playboy model ideal."

Not to be all "we-walked-up-hill-both-ways-to-school-in-the-snow" but there used to be these things called "manners." Where you would open doors for others, and if you didn't have anything nice to say, you wouldn't say anything at all.

It doesn’t “make you cool” to make fun of someone’s appearance -you look shallow, superficial, chauvinistic, ignorant, and petty.