Our Shield Maiden, or Emilee, is a Pacific Northwest cosplayer who loves competitive cosplay, genderbending, and cosplaying for under $100. She believes cosplay really should be for everyone and that inclusivity makes the cosplay community a brighter place. Emilee’s work as an activist and advocate within the cosplay world touches on reclaiming narratives, civic engagement, and sustainable engagement in cosplay. Her cosplay of Angelica from the Tony-winning musical Hamilton was retweeted by Hamilton the Musical’s social media accounts, and her creativity for reused and recycled materials inspires generations worldwide. Emilee’s cosplay work has been featured in Insider Magazine, Cosplay Central Magazine, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Netflix, and more.
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