briana lawrenceContributor (Cosplay Positive)

At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth-grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” when they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then, Briana’s stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older, they progressed into notebooks and colored-ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. But when she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, Briana stopped writing.

Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.

Before she realized it, Briana was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high-school romances to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters from Dragonball Z. Briana continued this throughout college, when she would often end up writing about the space exploits of Gundam Wing pilots. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than write fanfiction. Her head was full of ideas—original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others. Soon she channeled her passion for writing into an academic major, along with second degree in women’s studies. Since then, she’s had a number of books published and has done freelance writing that tends to focus on the geek community.

College was also where Briana discovered cosplay, thanks to her online friend, Jessica Walsh (also known as “Snow Tigra”). Briana’s love for geeky things increased, along with a personal discovery of her own sexuality. The two women soon got together and are partners in everything now, including cosplay. Jessica is the one who makes the costumes and does the sewing, and she is also a writer in her own right. Meanwhile, Briana speaks out passionately about cosplay bullying and how loving yourself is the most important thing when it comes to cosplay.

At the end of the day, both women believe in one very important message: to love your cosplay is to love yourself!


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Articles by Briana