#BIPOCVampDay Creator Interview

Jamila C.

#BIPOCVampDay is Sept. 17-19 and we talked to the creator of the event, Jamila C. of Black Bettie Cosplay.

Midwest BSFA: How’d you get into cosplay? 
J.C.: I have been doing costuming for a long time. I studied it in college and sewed from a young age. I learned that people were dressing up to conventions after I graduated and wanted to continue making costumes as a hobby.

Midwest BSFA: How did you come up with the idea for #BIPOCBVampDay? 
J.C.:
I was inspired by the Black Fae Day event this year. As someone absolutely obsessed with vampires since childhood, I’ve always noticed a lack of Black and POC vampires in the media despite the diverse lore that actually exists around the world. Also, I know many BIPOC friends that have experienced backlash for being Black and cosplaying as a vampire. This day is to encourage more representation and showcase all the amazing vampire mythology and characters that do exist but aren’t at the forefront.

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Black Fae Day Photos

Black Fae Day on May 8 was an absolute blast! Y’all, we had a Black ass good time at our meetup. There were some familiar faces and some new folks, and the turnout was great – everyone was just vibin on some geeky fae DnD energy. 🧚🏿‍♂️🧚🏾‍♀️🧚🏿 While there were plenty of places around the city where we could have met, Mt. Airy Arboretum in Mt. Airy Forest was the absolute best choice for this type of shoot. We owe a HUGE thanks to all of the photographers, some of whose work is showcased in this post; they showed up and showed out! 🙌🏾 We’re just so happy with how everything turned out…and we beat the rain AND the cicadas! *does cartwheel* Enjoy these photos and start getting your costume together for next year’s event!

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