Hello! My name is Helen Vasconcelos, you can call me by my real name or my stage name: Hanamyu. I’m from Brazil, and I’ve been cosplaying for five years and I’ve been a professional cosplayer for a year! I make accessories, clothes and work as a model cosplayer too.
Most of my cosplays are created by me and my grandma, I love making my own cosplays and all the little details, it’s therapeutic for me, I can’t imagine living without cosplaying, that’s what I love most without a doubt.
When and how did you first start to cosplay?
I started cosplaying in a very unusual way for my old school’s cultural week, I remember my class stayed with the Asian continent and we had to dress up to represent the continent and I choose to dress up in Chun-li and when I realized I was cosplaying! At the time I had no idea what exactly cosplay meant, because here in Brazil it is not yet a well known culture, but even without any knowledge about, joined my grandmother and we started making clothes and accessories all from zero. I remember it was yesterday!
That’s why my Chun-li is a very remarkable cosplay for me to this day, because besides being my first cosplay people liked it a lot and I received a lot of local and international recognition with her, besides winning competitions here in my city with this cosplay.
Which characters have you enjoyed cosplaying most?
It’s very hard to choose, but I loved making Sailor Moon cosplay, it’s an extremely sentimental cosplay for me and I love how magical girls can be strong and can kill their enemies wearing short skirts with cute glittery accessories, it’s incredibly cute and sexy. Besides, I also loved cosplaying Chun-li because she’s such an amazing character and taught me a lot of things like being an incredibly strong woman and kicking bad guys.
I couldn’t forget about my lovely magic girl Sakura Kinomoto too. I love all her outfits, I feel incredibly cute and I also got a lot of love from the audience when I cosplayed her and this is very important to me.
If you could be a cosplay character for real, who will you choose to be?
I want to be Sailor Moon, she was a very remarkable character for me in my childhood to this day, and no doubt I would love to be her.
Do you have any other hobbies and interests?
Yes, I love reading, drawing, watching anime, cooking new recipes and playing some games (especially RPG) when I have free time.
If you could time travel, where will you like to go?
I would really like to know all the world and the different cultures of each country, but especially I would love to go to Japan and to the moon too.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a party animal are you?
I would say 1, because I really am a very homely person and I love spending my time at home. Even for cosplay events I’m not going to as many as I would like because I really love staying home with my pet bird Bibi.
What is a funny or awkward attempt a guy has tried to know you?
I remember once a guy was texting my Instagram asking if he could meet me, I find that kind of thing very strange and bothers me a lot, I never answered him.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Helen. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I define sexy as a mood, it’s more than just a perfect body pattern, it’s about how you feel being male or female and once you put on some clothes (or none) and feel confident and powerful, no one can take off this from you.
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I’m redoing my Chun-li and several other fighting women cosplays next year, stay tuned! 🙂
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