Hi Akemi, it is a pleasure to feature you on SimplySxy. Please share with our readers a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?
Hello there! My name is Akemi Hogan and I am a model and cosplayer born and raised in Southern California, I’ve been modeling since 2010 and cosplaying since 2013. I’m currently going to school for Apparel Production and Design, but creating costumes is my real passion! My likes include cats, mac and cheese, Overwatch, and League of Legends. My dislikes are sharks, cucumbers, and chipped fingernail polish.
Did you get started into modeling or cosplaying first?
I first started modeling back when I was still in high school as a source of income and as a creative outlet, but I ended up discovering cosplay entirely by accident much later on! My little sister had visited AX for the first time to attend a few panels, and fell in love with the idea of dressing up at conventions. She said: “It’s so awesome, it’s like Halloween every day over there!” So we started cosplaying for a couple years, not even knowing that what we were doing was called cosplay! I of course, ended up falling in love pretty hard, considering that now it’s a part of my job.
What is your most memorable photoshoot experience so far?
My most memorable photo shoot experiences are all with Saffels Photography, he is a genius! The final images just turn out that much better when you have another creative mind to bounce ideas off of before, during, and even after the photoshoot.
How long does it take you typically to create a costume from scratch?
Depending on the complexity of the costume, it can take me a couple weeks to a few months to finish a costume. For example, my Steampunk Harley Quinn only took me a week to complete, but my Witch Mercy took me approximately four months!
Is there something in life you can never get enough of?
Good ol’ mac and cheese! The perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner food~
If you could travel to anywhere in the world for a vacation, where will it be?
I would love to take a vacation to Japan, especially Kyoto during the winter. The food, culture, and atmosphere is all something I’m dying to experience!
Which was the last movie you watched and was it any good?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Not as good as the first one in my opinion, but I still enjoyed it!
What turns you off on a date?
The biggest turn off only applies to me… I cannot stand it when someone tells me I look like Jennifer Lawrence. I have absolutely NO clue where people get this from, I’m half Japanese for crying out loud!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Akemi. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I believe that “sexy” means that your brimming with self-confidence, which is something that I’ve only been able to achieve through cosplay. I think that’s why I love cosplaying so much, is because it makes me feel incredibly sexy!
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Images courtesy of Akemi Hogan, Saffels Photography, James Rulison, Nick Nack Photography
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