Behind the Cosplay: Daenerys Targaryen

I thought it would be fun to write about some of my cosplays and why I decide to cosplay the characters that I do cosplay. I always enjoy being a character that has a meaning to me and in this post, I will tell you all about my Daenerys Targaryen cosplay!

I’ve been a fan of Game of Thrones for five years now, I think. I jumped on the show wagon a little later after its popularity peak. When I first watched it, just like anyone else watching it, I had to chose one of the houses and after putting some thoughts into it, I decided to side with Khaleesi. I didn’t see so much in me in her but I did see a lot of things in her that I wish I could become.

She started off as a weak character who would follow her crazy brother, Viserys, in his obsessive path into taking back the Iron Throne which used to be their family’s until they were taken out.

The Targaryen House used to rule Westeros with their dragons. They were able to control them because they themselves had dragon blood. Eventually, the dragons died and the family didn’t have much control anymore. The only thing they had left was three dragon eggs.

Anyways, so Viserys gave Dany (short for Daenerys) away to Khal Drogo who was the leader of the Dothraki clan, a group of warriors who were gonna help them taking back the Iron Throne. Eventually, Drogo and Dany actually fell in love and created a special bond as he helped her becoming the fierce queen she is now. Of course, she had to sacrifice her brother by letting her husband kill him by pouring hot liquid gold on his face.

So you know, she doesn’t fuck around.

Unfortunately, Drogo died which made things go a little intense. Long story short, she went into a burning fire with the three dragon eggs that I mentioned earlier and the next morning the fire was out leaving her sitting down naked with three little dragons walking on her. It was a really cute moment.

So she became super badass after and of course had some ups and downs but to know about them YOU GOTTA WATCH THE SHOW!

About the cosplay

It was the summer of 2016. It was a tough summer and a HALF! I remember it very well. I was going through some very emotional ups and downs and that’s when the art of cosplay walked into my life.

I was already introduced to the world of comic conventions back in 2014 (I actually did a very half fasted version of Groot). Anyways, so this summer, I remember meeting Rosemarie (Rosie for short) who’s dating one of my best guy friend, Justin. They started seeing each other around that time and we both found out we had a lot in common and she told me how much cosplaying helped her and the amount of fun she had doing it.

And I was sold.

Just the word fun and being around other geeks sounded amazing. I didn’t see a lot of people back then, so just the idea of opening my social circle felt exciting.

I started wondering who would I want to cosplay as? And I thought to myself, well hey, let’s cosplay a strong character that will make me feel strong and not as weak as I was feeling at that moment. And I thought the best one to cosplay was Daenerys. It was a big project, very demanding but with the help of my best friend Jennifer, I knew it would be possible.

Back then, I knew nothing about making clothes (and I’m still not very good at it but I low key found out that I can BUY the costumes for the SAME PRICE and LESS TIME? WUT?!!) but Jennifer did. She’s a very talented seamstress and she loves to make clothes so I remember calling her and being like, eyyyyy wanna help me creating this really sick project? Ok? Okaaayyy.

So we went to the store, got the pattern, got the fabric and I would actually help also! I would cut some papers, outline the pattern while she would do most of the sewing.

We spent our nights just having fun making the cosplay and it was great for me also cause I was able to spend time with my best friend and taking some time for myself creating something I loved and was passionate about.

I wore the cosplay for Fan Expo in Toronto that same year and honestly, I don’t remember re-wearing it. I think it’s because I started cosplaying different characters and was just in love with the idea of being someone else each time. 

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I actually remember taking that selfie and receiving bunch of messages from my friends being like YO YOU’RE BLOND NOW?!!

What I do remember is feeling powerful and finally happy when wearing my Daenerys cosplay. I met tons of people who are some of my closest friends still today and I share a great bond with them.

Just like her in a way, I went to the conquest of my own throne, realizing that the power is all mine and I have the choice to do whatever I want to do with my life.

Since then, I swore to myself that any cosplays that I would do would mean something deep to me. Thankfully, I’m super emotional so I’m able to connect with a lot of characters which gives me a wide range of cosplays to do.

Do you cosplay? Share your cosplay experience in the comments!

xo, TheModMisfit.

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