I'm a plus size, POC cosplayer. Here's how to deal with internet trolls.

Whenever I try to explain what cosplay is, I always get a flurry of mixed responses: Isn’t cosplay really inappropriate? You must be so immature! You probably have no friends, etc.

To get all of the misconceptions out of the way before we dive in, let’s start with my short explanation of what cosplay actually is. Cosplaying is the art of dressing up as a fictional character from a movie, TV show, book, webcomic or video game. Cosplayers aren’t inherently sexual, childish or anti-social. The cosplay community is a massive network, full of interesting people who work to support each other. Although the majority of cosplayers are