Greetings gay geeks and gaymers! We’re interviewing Dyhzy for our cosplay crush this week coming to you all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s been doing cosplay and drag and is in a relationship with a female drag queen (bio queen). He’s cosplayed as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, both a male and a female Joker, Poison Ivy, Nightwing, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman from DC, Sailor Moon, D.va, Genji, and Roadhog from Overwatch, Spider-Man…The list goes on and on.He’s been to Argentina Comic Con, Argentina Gameshow and New York Comic-Con, so let’s get to know a bit more about Dyhzy!
So what got you into cosplay in the first place?
It’s been two years now. I started doing drag when I was 20, but I never felt 100% comfortable with the idea of doing a simple female look. It was never my goal. I always loved videogames, I’m a gamer since I was 4 years old, so one day I thought “hey what if try to make a female character from videogames”. I bought a shitty dress and everything to make the Mario cosplay and attended to 2015 Argentina Gameshow. It was awesome! Some people didn’t like a man in female clothes but most of the people there loved it. So since then, I’ve doing drag only while cosplaying.
What’s your most memorable experience while cosplaying (the more funny, awkward, weird, the better)?
I remember in last Comic Con here in Argentina I did a Poison Ivy cosplay and a friend of mine did Harley Quinn. At a point in the convention a lady asked for a picture with us and from then A LOT of people starting freaking out and asking for pictures with us. We took around 120 photos in three minutes. It was insane but awesome at the same time.
What is it about cosplay that you like the most?
I really like getting into the character before a con, spending the time with my friends while they do get into the characters too. Makeup is my favorite part haha. Dressing up like your favorite characters. I don’t really care if your cosplay is an eBay costume or if you spent months doing it, as long as you feel your slaying because that’s what you should feel while cosplaying.
It’s a way of expressing the love and passion I feel for the characters I dress up. For example, I HATED Suicide Squad but I really loved Margot Robbie’s part, the design of her character, her makeup, everything, and that’s what I want to transmit while I’m cosplaying her. Same with all of the characters I cosplay. It made me feel like I finally found something I really want to do and keep doing. 60% of the day I’m thinking about which character I’ll cosplay next.
What are your views of being body positive when doing cosplay?
I think everybody has the right of doing whatever the fuck they want. I’ve been told that I could cosplay female characters because I have a really large back and good arms as a boy, and I deaf about it. Same thing with male characters. Last Argentina Comic Con I cosplayer superman and, though I have a pretty large back and good arms, people told me I couldn’t cosplay him because I’m not fit enough, tall enough, and superman isn’t skinny. My answer to that is “fuck you”. Don’t ever let people tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. Live your life for yourself and do whatever you want, but do it for yourself.
Has being LGBT affected how you cosplay?
It affected me in lots of ways. Most of the negative comments come mainly from heterosexual assholes, we call those assholes “pakis” or “ratis”. I had been harassed at cons a lot. At my first comic con, a lot of heterosexual shitheads sexually harassed me by trying to grab my ass and my “pussy” (tucked dick). That’s one of the main reasons why I always talk about this issue within the cosplay community. Me and my drag family (The Brigada Brillantina, Glitter Squad if you want to translate it) are activist for female and LGBT rights, so we don’t tolerate that kind of bullshit, and we always call it out and defend ourselves. We never let ratis do whatever they want.
What issues have you noticed between being a cosplayer and being an openly out LGBT cosplayer?
I don’t really know what kind of issues LBGT cosplayers who don’t crossdress have. I only know that if you’re going to crossdress you always have to be careful, especially while going to the convention, because people in the street don’t really know what you’re doing so they could react more violent than in a convention. By crossdressing at a daytime event like a con people are going to either love you or hate you. When I cosplay as female characters, the first people that throw me shade are always female cosplayers, but I don’t think it happens for because they are LGBT-phobic. I think it happens because they see it like I’m stealing their spotlight, and I don’t give a fuck about it.
Do you feel like the cosplay world has changed over the past few years? More free and accepting?
I think it is more accepting, mainly because cosplay has become something more mainstream in the last years. That’s always something good I think.
What was your most expensive/hardest cosplay you did and why?
My Nightclub Harley Quinn is actually my most expensive and the hardest cosplay I did. It’s made of real metal, it’s not made of sequin fabric, so sewing it was a pain in the ass, and the “fabric” is expensive as hell. One meter cost 500 pesos, which for us is really expensive, and I needed two meters of it.
If money weren’t an issue, what would be your dream cosplay?
The Eva-01 from Evangelion or D.va’s Meka from Overwatch. I’m obsessed with mekas haha.
What was your first cosplay? And do you feel like you have improved?
My first cosplay was Female Mario AND FUCK YEAH I HAVE IMPROVED. My makeup was awful and now I know how to sew so I can make my own costumes.
What would you say to a first time cosplayer?
Have fun. Cosplay doesn’t have to be something so serious. To always cosplay characters you really love. Some people just cosplay some characters that they may not like just because everybody likes them and that’s a pain in the ass. Also don’t be afraid of asking for help if you don’t know how to do something. I started doing cosplay by gluing shit together and painting my face with cake makeup, and now I have learned a lot of new things.
What upcoming events will we see you cosplay at again?
I’m going to Argentina’s Comic Con in May and to NYCC in October. Oh yeah, dyhzy goes international! lol
Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?