Hi gay geeks and gaymers, we’re here with Milli Uriona aka Milli Cosplays from Sweden. He’s a full-time androgynous, pansexual, weirdo and we’re here to find out more about this amazing cosplayer.
He’s been Kazuhira Miller, Venom Snake, Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Kishibe Rohan, Jotaro Kujo, Speedwagon & Okuyasu Nijimura from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter, Asriel & Mettaton from Undertale, Genos from One Punch Man, Viktor Nikiforov from Yuri on Ice. You’ve probably seen him at Comic Con Stockholm, Närcon Summer & Winter, Otakon, Katsucon and London MC.
That’s enough of an into lets thanks for being here Milli. So How old were you when you started doing cosplay?
17. 3 years so far, wow!
What got you into cosplay in the first place?
I saw other people in costume and I was so impressed and since I’ve always been a creative person I took the challenge! My two first cosplays were the girl from “the Ring” and Ryuk from Death Note (don’t ask me why the horror theme, I don’t know). But yeah I REALLY hope I’ve improved since then, hahaha.
What is it about cosplay that you like the most?
Meeting friends is the best part, but organizing photo shoots, meetups, and holding presentations are definitely involved too.
How do you define cosplay?
A place to bring people together that might all have felt out of place more or less. It’s wonderful. Love, friendship, many laughs, traveling, a way to express your creativity on a whole different level, but also hate and frustration (for costume making). It has helped me a lot, with friends, confidence and to see things from a different and more positive perspective. Anyone can cosplay anything! Just don’t do it to make fun of anyone or be mean & it should all be good.
Has being LGBT affected how you cosplay?
Definitely. After meeting so many different people, so often, was when I came to the conclusion that I’m pansexual. Sweden has quite a nice and small convention community so most people I’ve met are fine with it.
Has to be a minority affected your perspective on cosplay? It hasn’t bothered me much, most LGBT people understand the importance of being “different” so I’m not very bothered by it. Maybe because I’m only half latino and half Scandinavian too though. There are some good and strong ones on social medias!
Do you feel like the cosplay world has changed over the past few years? More free and accepting?
Absolutely, but also that more people have started to critique others about their opinions more too.
Do you have any cosplay pet peeves?
Oh lord now you’ve got me started. When people take pictures of you in your costume without asking. It gives me chills to this day, WHY strangers, WHY?!?! You could just ask me and I’d 9/10 times gladly pose for you!!
Do you make your costumes or have them made/commissioned?
I make my costumes as much as I can, but if I really think it’d be worth saving the time or too complex for me to make anyway I buy costumes online.
Who is your favorite cosplayer?
There’s a lot of them. But a big inspiration and nice person is Jigget’s Cosplay Corner, can’t say they’re famous but they’re such a good human being and I treasure our friendship!
Worst experience at a con?
Late at night during a Swedish con, I walked up to a food stand and the cashier says loudly “WE DON’T HAVE ANY FOOD” and I said, “Oh, well let’s see what you have then..” While looking at the updated menu list, then ordered 3 sandwiches. The cashier rudely grabs my money and throws the change onto the table so some fall down on the ground in front of me. I don’t know what pissed this person off but I remember being very shocked & not enjoying those sandwiches at all, “why did I just pay for someone to be rude towards me about bad quality food?”
What upcoming events will we see you cosplay at again?
London MCM in May 2017, Närcon Summer 2017, Comiccon Stockholm 2017 & hopefully Katsucon 2018!
What’s a tip you give to others who want to get into cosplay?
Yes. You can do it, and yes, you can do that character. No one will judge you for it, and if they do, they’re the lesser person, not you. Google and Youtube are your friend! I was really nervous about looking up things at first, to learn more about them cause I considered it cheating. But it’s not, it’s there to help you!
Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
You can do it too, friends! Life is too short to not try & there are so many people I’ve met throughout these years that I couldn’t imagine a life without! You guys have been my motivation through all of this if you contact me I will gladly be yours. I’m honored to have you all onboard for this long.