Who are you?
Georgia Haines, Cosplayer, student and aspiring actress.
Why and when did you decide to become a Drag King or do FTM Cosplay?
I decided to do a female to make cosplay because I don’t see gender as an issue when Cosplaying. If you’re a woman and you want to cosplay a male character, do it! If you’re a male and you want to cosplay a female character, do it! The main thing is that you enjoy it!
Also, the majority of my cosplay are of male characters.
Female: Harley Quinn and Columbia
Male: Jareth, Rimmer, Spider-man, L, Black Veil Brides, Billy the Puppet, 11th Doctor…ETC
Do you have a favourite character? (Why is he your favourite?)
Although I don’t cosplay as him, my favourite drag character has always been Dr Frank N Furter from the Rocky Horror (Picture) Show. Not only is he an incredibly funny character, but Tim Curry’s portrayal of the transvestite character has become incredibly iconic. I feel he is an icon for many in the cult and LGBT communities.
What attracted you to dressing and performing as a male character?
The reason why I wanted to Cosplay as Jareth was mostly because I wanted to do a tribute to David Bowie, as I made the cosplay only a couple of weeks after he died. But Jareth was also a character I lived from my childhood, ever since my step mil introduced me to Labyrinth. I think Bowie looks so cool as Jareth and I love everything about him – and the film!
Why do you think Drag Kings/FTM cosplayers are usually ignored in favour of Drag Queens MTF Cosplayers?
I honestly don’t know, although, I think you tend to see more FTM cosplayers than MTF, but that’s just from my experience.
What would you like the world to know?
The one message I love to spread around is equality. Everyone is equal and everyone is beautiful. And in the cosplay world, it doesn’t matter who you’re Cosplaying, or what gender the character is, the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself and that you’re happy!
Dannii Cohen is a stand-up comedian (drag name Divine Varod) and comedy writer turned author, psychologist, professional counselor, life coach and self-help expert. Specialized in LGBT issues, anxiety, empowerment, children’s issues and bullying.
Published works include children’s books about childhood depression and the importance of being yourself (When Clouds Hide The Sun and Christopher the Lonely Bear) and an easy to use self help manual 50 Things To Know To Have A Better Life: Self-Improvement Made Easy.