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In the world of cosplaying, there is a lot of things that go unnoticed. People do not usually consider things such as the amount of time it takes to develop costumes, the effort a person puts into making the character they are emulating come alive and one of the most important things, ways to keep the outfits from staying funky during conventions. There is however, a more serious aspect that goes unnoticed, the racism people face when they are portraying someone that does not favor their skin color. This issue is something that i heard about from friends who have cosplayed in past years, but when I came across this blog post by Maki, I got to see more of how this deeply affects a lot people. Please, take the time to read this article and share it with your friends. Follow her blog, Maki Roll’s Chop Shop, as well.

Maki Roll's Chop Shop

Bigtog Me as Black Rose. Photographed By: TheBigTog

When I was a child, I was taught “black is beautiful,” so it was a huge surprise to me growing up that black faces were not represented in common society.  When I turned on the TV, when I flipped through magazines, even when I read books, a sea of white faces stared back at me.  Heroes and heroines in books were described as having flowing blonde hair and blue or green eyes.  There was nothing black about them.  I began to wonder; was black really beautiful?  Surely not, because if we were, why were there so little of us in popular culture?  I went through the phase of wondering why my hair didn’t grow like Kasey’s, my white best friend’s hair.  I’d supplement this by getting long synthetic braids put into my hair.  I’d tell myself that my braids were long, and so…

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Gamer, Writer, Entertainment Blogger.

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