Photographer, Model & Cosplayer Lesya Ivanova
Hi all! I have lived all my life in Russia. My life is directly connected with cosplay, art and photography. I’m 24 years old.
What do you love about cosplaying?
I’ve been working on cosplay for almost five years, but I’m gaining an audience only now. I used to be very shy about taking pictures, so I took home photos of my images. Several times I took the prize at festivals thanks to my costumes and performances. I think cosplay is a great hobby to express yourself as an artist, as well as to learn how to make ALL out of nothing.
Which is your most fun or unforgettable cosplay experience so far?
That’s a pretty interesting question. But I don’t remember anything to share with you. I’ve had everything that a lot of people have. For example, 30 minutes before the performance, a friend of mine accidentally broke my gun. One day I agreed with my friends on cosplay, but they did not come and I had to perform alone, in the end I was ranked 3rd in the category “Anime Cosplay”. Yes, I did it! I made up my fashion show right on stage.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
Yes! At first it may seem like cosplay takes up all my time, but no. I love to travel, one year, I was able to visit about 10 new countries, it was a wonderful time.
I also do help for animal shelters. About once a month, I visit places to help homeless animals. I’ve been doing equestrian sports for about two years, but after I moved to another city, I gave it up. I’d love to go back, but I don’t have enough time.
Despite the fact that I am a model myself, I also do photography. I’m a photographer with 10 years of experience. Sometimes I come to festivals in cosplay, but I take pictures of other cosplayers. My work often gets to them on the main page, everyone likes my work. I’m very happy about that. But most of all I like to shoot nature. Because it’s a great place for me. Lakes, forests, seas, mountains, flowers – it’s amazing. I think I’m the same dreamer.
By the way, I’m also a crazy gamer. I love spending time in games. I play better than my friends and always rank high.
If you could learn anything in this world, what will it be?
I have always been interested in psychology, biology and astronomy. Basically, it’s always about science. What is it made of? What does this have to do with this? And why does that work? I may be a humanitarian, but technology issues affect me too.
For me, this is a big topic of discussion, I can talk about it for hours. If you want to talk to me, just start talking about space.
Is there any superstition you believe in?
No, I’m not a superstitious person. But sometimes I feel discomfort when someone’s rules are broken. Like if I dropped salt or something.
Overall, I think it’s all about mental sensations. We can always feel everything out there inside. I think everyone has their own aura and soul. Because you can feel it.
I don’t believe in God, but I believe in the point where it all began. God can be not only a man, but also something more than that. Atoms, stars and so on.
Which flavor best describes you?
Freshly baked bread. Why? I don’t know. I’m so soft and cozy. People always reach out to me and feel at peace beside me. That’s what they say to me. I always hear from friends “I never believe you could offend anyone,” “You’re the kindest person” etc.
What is a funny or lame attempt a guy has tried to get to know you?
Hmm… It’s hard for me to remember anything. Usually I always respond to adequate communication with adequate people. And strange people don’t write to me. Just the other day I was asked to throw off all paid photos for free, because the person loves my work and he has no money. I was willing to throw him a little bit, but I put too much effort into my work to give them away just as if they were worthless to me.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Lesya. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
For me, sexuality is a pretty vulgar word. If you are engaged in shooting erotic content, you need to present it beautifully and cutely.
No debauchery or cruelty. Photos must carry aesthetics and satisfaction. I don’t like too hot content, just do what is beautiful for you.
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