I am a Queer 28 y/o Cosplayer, Baby Queen, Writer & Artist. I was born in Munich to an Egyptian father & Welsh Mother, and moved to South Wales when I was 4. I have been writing since I could first pick up a pen, and my best poetry is over a decade old and never spoken to anyone but my partner. When I found out about OYF I knew this was the place to finally share my writing.
More than a writer, I am a cosplayer. Cosplay is far more than just “dressing up as cartoon characters” to me. It is artistry. I don’t just dress up as existing characters, I dress as concepts. I take an idea and I turn myself into that concept. I have experienced issues with my self identity for my whole life, since my early childhood, and when I first discovered costumery I knew I had finally discovered a way to shape-shift myself and see myself as multitudes. I struggle to perceive myself – I see myself as a floating orb (I know that sounds daft) so drastically changing my appearance over the course of a couple of hours is a form of art to me.
I am also a baby drag queen. Everything I’ve said about my cosplay, pretty much applies to drag too, haha.
I have Borderline Personality Disorder, a disorder that is wildly stigmatized but I promise is nothing like what the media makes it out to be! I also have experienced past struggles with PTSD induced psychosis, that I am very medicated and stable for now, fortunately! I also have multiple physical chronic illnesses. I tell you this because I consider all these things to be intrinsic to my artistry as a whole. All of my cosplay, drag, writing, painting, prop-making, photography etc. are intermingled to form pieces of a larger project, they all express my wider experience as the Biracial, Queer, Ex-Muslim woman I am. I use my art to share my life, to process it and immortalize it, while my identity remains fluid and ever changing.