The Power of Choice

This is meant as a conversation point. For a lot of people the lack of diversity is not a conscious choice, so if you see that in someone’s work, approach it gently. Ask about their experience and see what they have to say. It’s likely they just didn’t think about it before. All artists have gaps in their skill set and sometimes you don’t see it until it’s pointed out. Photographing different skin tones and body types takes different skills that need to be developed. But to create an environment when everyone feels welcome we have to make a effort to give underrepresented people visibility within the community. If people don’t see people like them represented, they are less likely to participate. Sometimes that means we have to go out of our way to reach out to them in and let them know they are welcome and wanted here.

A few thoughts on racism in the cosplay community and how we can create a more inclusive atmosphere.
Look at your photographer’s work and be conscious of who you chose.

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