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Morrigan from Darkstalkers cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Kassandra Leigh

Mia McLaughlin aka Ani-Mia has been cosplaying since 2008 but has been a geek since she was sporting her Knight Rider tees at age 3. Her love for video games, comic books and anime are reflected in her wide variety of cosplay costumes.

Yoko Littner cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios
Yoko Littner cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios

The majority of her costumes are hand-crafted by herself though she has teamed with top designers on a few occasions.

Serah Farron Final Fantasy cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers
Serah Farron Final Fantasy cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers

She has worked with numerous convention organizers and artists to provide her services as a professional, model cosplayer for general fans and fellow cosplayers alike.

Jessica Rabbit cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Photography by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers
Jessica Rabbit cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Photography by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers

She has had the opportunity to travel to conventions across the country, judge numerous costume contests, appear in both online and print magazines and meet tons of amazing people including those within the industry and fans!

Psylocke cosplay by Ani-Mia
Psylocke cosplay by Ani-Mia

The one thing she really wants to do is help bring the cosplay community together as a whole and has been involved in numerous charity events and panels on topics such as body image and positivity within cosplay. She also has a love for providing her knowledge in costume making to new cosplayers.

Slave Leia cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by SGH Photo Arts
Slave Leia cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by SGH Photo Arts

Interview excerpts below originally appeared on Cosplay Fanatic.

How did you get into cosplay, who did you portray first, and why?
I got into cosplay when my friend took me to my first convention. I saw cosplayers and was hooked. I went to my first convention in cosplay right afterwards as Nerine from Shuffle because she is a very shy and sweet character which I felt really reflected me at the time. (It looked horrible, btw)

Mantis cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios
Mantis cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios

What’s the best part of cosplay?
Being able to be your favorite characters and in a way, taking on aspects of their personality. The more I’ve cosplayed strong characters, the more confident I feel both in and out of costume.

Quorra from Tron cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio
Quorra from Tron cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio

If you could be any super hero or villain who would you be and why?
I’d want to be Supergirl because I would love to have a wide range of abilities that I can use to help others.

Saeko Busujima Highschool of the Dead cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios
Saeko Busujima Highschool of the Dead cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studios

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be?
Joss Whedon because I have so many questions to ask him about my favorite shows and comics.

Fifth Element cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio
Fifth Element cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio

What’s your favorite sci-fi movie and what captivates about the plot?
My favorite sci-fi movie is The Fifth Element. I love the characterization, cinematography and especially the clever dialogue mixed with intense action. In general a big Luc Beson fan.

"Ale Garza" Wonder Woman cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio
“Ale Garza” Wonder Woman cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio

What’s the craziest thing a fan sent you or requested?
I think at this point, I’ve been asked almost everything. You name it, I’ve probably been asked for it.

Machiko cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio
Machiko cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio

What sidekick would you hire to be your personal assistant and why?
Alfred, definitely Alfred. I feel like he could get anything done.

Star Trek Red Shirt cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio
Star Trek Red Shirt cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Maze Studio

What character intimidates the heck out of you, why, and when will you attempt take the challenge to portray them?
I really want to do a Quorra from Tron cosplay or maybe a Jaeger.  I am really intimidated by the armor and lights because I would want it to be as perfectly replicated as possible. Maybe one day.

Vampirella cosplay by Ani-Mia
Vampirella cosplay by Ani-Mia

Do you know a lot about the series you cosplay?
I generally always cosplay characters that I know and love because if I don’t have a passion for the character it shows in my costume and I’m not as motivated to work on it. If I don’t know the character, I do a lot of research (watch the movie/anime, play the game).

Zatanna cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Ron Gejon
Zatanna cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Ron Gejon

What’s your favorite comic con to attend and what makes it so special?
DragonCon, because it’s the one con a year that I don’t work and I just hang out with my friends all weekend. It’s a reminder of how cons are meant to be. Having a great time with friends and around people who love the same things you do.

Crysta from Ferngully cosplay by Ani-Mia
Crysta from Ferngully cosplay by Ani-Mia

Who was your favorite character to portray and what rocked about it?
Supergirl because I feel more and more self confident each time I wear it.

Serah Farron Final Fantasy cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers
Serah Farron Final Fantasy cosplay by Ani-Mia, photo by Adam Patrick Murray with editing by Slim Summers

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How do you keep cosplay fun?
Never let it become a job or obligation.

Supergirl cosplay by Ani-Mia
Supergirl cosplay by Ani-Mia

In your opinion what’s the meaning of life?
To be happy and content in your life while letting others do the same.

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