Cosplayers Around the World Feature : Romina Strebel from Switzerland
We missed last week’s issue of “Cosplayers Around the World” so look forward to 2 entries this week as make up! First off, we travel to Switzerland and get up close and personal with Swiss Cosplayer Romina Strebel who does great “Samurai in the Snow” cosplays. If you’re a fan of the Hakuouki series, you don’t want to miss her great cosplays!
“Hi, I’m Romina from Switzerland. I’m a fashion designer doing an internship in Germany. I love Japan and everything about clothes including cosplay, fashion and so on 😉 I’m also addicted to swords. I’m doing a korean sword art and that’s why I love to cosplay characters with swords. To see more of my works have a look at my homepage (www.aliceroco.ch) or my deviant profile (RomaiLee).”
Full Name : Romina Strebel
Cosplay Name : RomaiLee
Age : 23
Gender : Female
Country / state you are born in : Switzerland
Naruto or Sasuke? : Naruto
Fave Anime? : FMA, Hakuouki, Ghibli Animes
More about Romina
1. At what age did you start cosplaying and how long have you been cosplaying?
I started cosplaying before I even knew about the word cosplay 😉 I think it was in 2003.
2. What inspired you to start cosplaying?
At that time I was a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and I wanted to imitate a character of the film. So I began to sew my first cosplay.
3. What are some difficulties you met in your cosplaying?
For a long time I was never able to style or arrange my hair/wig properly. I just hated any hair XD In my country it’s often very hard to find the proper materials/accessories for a cosplay. So I need to search a long time or spend a lot of money for it.
4. What is your most memorable cosplay and why?
I love my cosplays form the Anime Hakouki. They were not very difficult to made but it was exiting to put together a group of five people and let them wear my cosplays. I made them only for the purpose to do a performance on a contest and we even won 1th place (^^) It was really great to see five people together with the same uniform of the Shinsengumi, I love them so much!
5. What is your next cosplay project?
I would like to finish all characters of the Shinsengumi (Hakuouki) and also I’m planning to do a Sebastian (Kuroshitusji) Cosplay together with a friend as Ciel. An someday I really want Switzerland to be part of the WCS!
6. Tell us about some memorable experiences in your costume or prop making.
The most difficult cosplay I ever made, is the Guard of Gondor (LotR). I read about a technique with foam rubber to make an armour. I took a lot of time to harden it and even so with too much heat like that of the sun or body heat it became flexible again (^^”)
7. What are some advice you would like to give to cosplay newbies?
If you start cosplaying then do it properly not just with a wig or some ears. Just put your heart into it that’s all that counts 😉