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I'm Chelsea, and If Japanese Gyaru girls had an equivalent in America, I'd likely easily identify as that.
I'm very much against "standards" and favour variation over any sort of routine, and I suppose that's what attracts me to modeling, acting, cosplay - anything, really. Being able to throw on different clothes, and makeup, and represent this sort of "loud and proud" look to the general public entices me to shake my anxiety off and step in front of the lens of a camera. Ironically, I used to be the person behind it, always taking photos of things I considered beautiful and wondered - "wait, why not try being the centerpiece of someone else's work?"
I stepped into the world of amateur modeling through cosplaying, and now I'm reaching out to pursue work in semi-professional modeling or higher. There's something about being someone else - metaphorically - that excites me, and gives me confidence, and as soon as I switch out of my work uniform and into a nice outfit and makeup, it truly feels both familiar and vividly new. I suppose I can say that modeling is also a hobby to build my confidence, and I'm thankful to be as confident as I am.
I'm joining MM in hope of gaining more experience for future endeavours! I was always told I have an "icy attitude" so why not apply it to a hobby that it'll be useful in? Cosplay is my main form of modelling, but I really enjoy fashion as well - especially outdated fashion; I feel that my face has an almost retro/pin-up girl look to it so Pre-50s fashion sits well with me. I consider myself a young Victorian woman at heart, in both method of living and method of dress.
From my previous photographers, I've been told that I bring of sense of intense energy and character to all of my photos; which is good - the point of cosplay is to reflect a character's personality, and I feel I can shape myself into any mold to portray a necessary look. That's one of my stronger points, at least.
And, of course, a necessary evil - I do find that I get nervous, so I prefer a photographer with charisma who can encourage me to loosen up and lead the dance, not to say I'm not a leader; just someone who encourages encouragement!