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Interview with a Fangirl: Christina G

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Christina G, a Disney Store Cast Member who loves everything about Disney, especially Star Wars!

I became aware of Christina through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.

Welcome Christina to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Probably when I would have the urge to wear an item of clothing featuring something I was a fan of…haha.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me in so many ways. The most important one is that I’ve gained many wonderful friends because we share the love for a fandom. I’ve gained one of my best friends because of us sharing our love for the same fandom. Social media has been a blessing to me & I hope that never changes.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I actually was WAY late to the Star Wars fandom. I entered the fandom in late December of 2015 (after The Force Awakens came out). People were so pumped for this franchise, I wanted to see what it was about. I watched A New Hope, which is my favorite SW film, & I loved it. Ended up watching ESB right afterwards. Took me 3 days to watch the 6 movies. I guess you can say I loved it right away. I then watched TFA, Rogue One & even watched Star Wars Rebels. I continue to love love LOVE it.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I have learned that the Star Wars community is a family. Everyone is a part of this amazing community. We may have our different theories and favorite characters but in the end, we all stand by together to support this franchise that we have come to know and love. I was welcomed with open arms into this community & I am very happy to share my love for this franchise with others who love it as much as I do.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney has always been my first fandom. Grew up into Disney & I even work for them. I also fangirl about Supernatural & Marvel, mainly with Guardians of the Galaxy. But I am growing more into the Marvel Universe.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Don’t be afraid to let your fangirl flag fly. Represent your fandom and show it off. You never know who else is a Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, etc. fan just like you.

Where can others interact with you?

You can connect with me via Twitter: @ganocj

Interview With A Fangirl: Alexina

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Alexina Duncan, who is a freelance costumier and part-time space general based in London and working in the UK film industry England.

I became aware of Alexina through a recent Future of the Force interview about her costuming efforts, especially the Hera cosplay she did at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April 2017.

Welcome Alexina to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I’m not sure when I would say I had that dawning realization – it’s always been a part of who I am. I was raised on a steady diet of science fiction from birth – books, films and tv mostly. Eventually I went on to discover videogames and comics on my own, which I then fed back and shared with my mum. We are in an endless, self-perpetuating nerd culture cycle!

I guess around 2000 or 2001 was when I became a fangirl. That was when I got online, discovered fangroups and fansites, message boards and mailing lists and – most of all – fanfic. I had always shared things with people in real life, written my own little stories, but that’s when I became aware that this was a wider, shared thing.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Fandom social media is just incredible. And awful! For me the positivies far outweight the negatives. I’m a naturally solitary person who works long, difficult hours whilst managing my chronic illness. Over the years, that’s led to a lot of lost friends and isolation, but social media allows me to maintain a sense of community, to meet like minded people from all over the world, and maintain frienships that would risk fading because of schedule or distance. Particularly over the last year where I have tried to push myself and have started interacting with the cosplay and costuming community I have really felt, for the first time in a long long time, like I am actually a part of something. I have been in fandom for a long time but now I am finally in a community and it overwhelms and delights me nearly every day.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My first or second memory is of me explaining the Empire Strikes Back to my dad when I was two or three, so it has always been a vital part of my life that has guided and influenced me. Star Trek was equally a crucial part of my childhood, and I’ve found it fascinating how my response to these films and shows has shifted, my perceptions of stories and characters hve evolved as I have developed and grown. Doctor Who was also a vital part of my childhood, though I have to live forever alone with my non-canon favourite Doctor (Peter Cushing in the two Doctor Who movies!) The list of fan favourites that have always been a core part of my life is long. I grew up in the ‘90’s which was such a wonderful golden age for these fan favourites, and I was so lucky to have a mother that shared them with me and still shares and loves them. Not only that, but to have so many wonderful women in genre to look up to and aspire to – Leia, Padme, Aeryn, Sam Carter, Janeway, B’Elanna…I’m always grateful for them.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

It’s a gathering place, essentially. Somewhere were this community can meet and flourish and evolve. It’s a platform for those who would never otherwise have a voice; a way for people to meet and share and bond that would never otherwise meet. By being involved in online fandom I hear points of views that I would never have considered. It enriches and expands the fandom, and I’m educated every day.

The sheer amount of creativity on display everyday, whether in art, fic, cosplay, meta or just the beautiful rambling conversations that grow out of a tiny idle critique of comic art into what you could call an exploration of the female gaze that led to beautiful fanart. There is so much talent in fandom and there is a level of feedback and collaboration. Venturing into the cosplay side of fandom in the last year, I have had the warmest and most incredible welcome. The level of support and interest in my work is overwhelming, which I then get the opportunity to give back to the community by offering advice and techniques to others. Heras helping Heras. The work and resources that are available and shared is invaluable.

What else do you Fangirl about?

My biggest passion is costume – it’s my life, my work, my hobby. I have a degree in costume and have been working in the industry for seven years. 98% of the time I will be shouting about some minor costume detail (whether its right or wrong!) on screen and that will be my way into a story or character. Somehow, for some reason, I have only started cosplaying in this past year. I think because costume was this external tool that I applied to others and translated. Costume is the ultimate storytelling devise. Even if you don’t notice the costumes (for instance, consider George Lucas insisting that the costumes in the original Star Wars be ‘invisible’) they are working hard to tell you everything that you need to know. History, character and hints towards the narrative to unfold. They’re always there in the colours, the silhouette.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Being a fangirl isn’t about labels. It isn’t about doing things right, being a ‘one true fan’. It’s about loving what you loving and sharing that, letting that passion grow in whatever works for you. It’s about not blindly loving something but being open to critiquing your darlings, expect more more and allowing others to let their voices be heard. We deserve the very best stories. Fan communities gather out of a need to celebrate a story or a character and it is very easy to get bogged down in maudlin, self-defeating cynicism. We are all guilty of it – I am especially guilty of it! Sometimes we need to stop and just remember why we’re here and where fandom has led us.

What cool things are you doing?

I cosplay as a part of the Rebel Legion Elstree Base, primarly as the best pilot in the galaxy, Hera Syndulla. I also write essays critiquing and analysing costume on screen and will shortly be starting my Masters in Fashion Cultures.

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter and Tumblr at @xenadd and @poetryincostume, on Instagram as @poetryincostume, or on my blog poetryincostume.com

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 30

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

Well today is the last day of the challenge and this has been a blast! Therefore, I now present the last question and the following photos answer it:

Question 30) My fangirl self is…

Just me and as my bio in the #SFRBAntho says: I am an everyday fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising agency in Michigan.

Me at the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabra

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Me at Star Wars Celebration VI meeting artist Katie Cook

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Me cosplaying as Emma for Anime Vegas

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Me in the booth recording a selection from Star Wars: Heir to the Empire at Celebration VI
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Me with my husband meeting Steve Sansweet at Walt Disney World during Disney Star Wars Weekends in 2011
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Me, my husband and our friend, Rich, at a gold mine in Nevada
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Me at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 20

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 20:

Question 20) What fandom universe or world would I most like to live in?

I have so many fandoms I would love to live in that it is hard to choose just one. Therefore, I will list a three of these fandom universes that I would love to live in!

The Vorkosigan Universe

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The Star Wars Universe

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The Sailor Moon version of Juban District in Tokyo, Japan

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 16

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 16:

Question 16) Favorite book character

I have so many characters from books that I consider my favorite, but if I have to choose one it would be Cordelia Naismith

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 15

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 15:

Question 15) Favorite movie character

My favorite animated movie character is…

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My favorite live action movie character is…

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 14

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 14:

Question 14) #HUFriday

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I am wearing my Plo Koon & Ahsoka T-Shirt from Her Universe that was designed by Dave Filoni today!

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 13

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 13:

Question 13) What character do I most relate to?

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Belle from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast because, like me, she LOVES reading books, especially re-reading and sharing her favorite stories, even if it is to a bunch of animals.

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 12

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 12:

Question 12) The character I want as my BFF

Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino because she will be friends with me and stand by my side no matter what!

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 11

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 11:

Question 11) Favorite fangirl outfit

I do not have a fangirl outfit. Therefore, I cannot highlight any outfit that is my favorite. However, I do have #StarWars and #Disney related T-shirts that I like to wear on a regular basis. The pictures below are some examples of these fangirl related T-Shirts.

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