I am Ayu Mantou from Singapore! I actually started cosplaying around three years ago and still planning on continuing. I am actually still a student here, however I always feel that cosplay was a way for me to escape my stress and issues I face in reality, being able to change myself into a character I love or simply create new looks always came therapeutic to me.
What inspired you to first start to cosplay?
Initially it started off by having to be asked by an old friend of mine to accompany her to an event in cosplay. At that time I didn’t even know the basics of makeup and practically attended bare faced! But eventually, I was inspired by various cosplayers I met there who were really warm and friendly, how much effort they actually placed into bringing a fictional character to life made me want to do the same as well.
How much time and effort goes into making the costume and props for each cosplay?
As I do not have much of a gift for dressmaking, I usually order my costumes online, however when it comes to props I have made quite a few on my own as well as help from others. I’m actually still a beginner at prop making, however I would always be more than willing to make a prop for a character that is within my abilities!
What do you enjoy most when you are cosplaying?
Just having to be another person and the fact that I am actually able to be complemented by others on how similar I look like the character I am portraying helps build my confidence. The journey also allowed me to meet various valuable friends whom I might not even meet outside of the community, their support through the tough times always have a special place in my heart.
Do you have any other hobbies and interests?
I do draw occasionally and game. Currently I am terribly into Destiny 2.
If you could have a super power, what will it be?
Being able to fly or run really fast? The areas that I usually go to photoshoots are really far, just being able to solve this would no doubt reduce the time constraint haha.
Are you more of a morning person or night owl?
Night owl definitely. I cannot maintain proper conversations in the early morning without dozing a little.
What is a funny or awkward attempt a guy has tried to know you?
I remember quite clearly a certain occasion where a man private messaged me on Instagram claiming to be an ex-classmate. It kinda backfired on his part because the first question I asked was if he knew my actual name and he gave my stage name. He still powered through it and continued to ask for my number to no reply.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Ayu. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Thank you! I feel that the term “sexy” has often been related to rather negative things, however having to be confident in your body and seeing how much you worked for it definitely deserves the eyes of others.
Follow the gorgeous Ayu Mantou on:
World Cosplay: https://worldcosplay.net/member/680620
I would be appearing next as Atago and Takao in their school uniform (yes, the both of them)!
Images from Nik Yan Photography
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