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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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Recently I had the opportunity to model some clothes for friends of mine, who also happen to be the designers for one of my favorite clothing companies, Gold Bubble Clothing.  They expanded their size selection and needed a plus size model to get some pictures of their new Star Trek collection for Anovos.

What a major opportunity for me!

What a scary thing for me!

You see, up until a couple of years ago when I began cosplaying, I was so uncomfortable getting my picture taken, it wasn’t even funny.

I mean, who the heck do I think I am anyway?  Getting a picture taken at this size and at my age?  Honestly!  At least, that is the conventional thinking for people that don’t conform to a size or shape dictated by the fashion magazines.  After you turn 30, you really should just go hide away somewhere so that no one has to look at ya, come on!

Then I made friends in the nerdy geeky fashion world.  Not only do they make clothes for ladies like me, but they have them modeled by ladies like me to show other ladies like me what they look like!  They are proud to make clothes in sizes that fit me.  They know that my dollars spend the exact same as skinny dollars.  Whatya know?  True story.

About this same time, I discovered the magic of selfies.  They really build confidence.  More importantly, I scheduled a photo shoot with my buddy, Justin Davidson.  I feature his pictures on this site all the time because he helps me pose, helps me feel more confident in front of the camera.  There are tricks to getting a great picture, and a great photographer is key to helping you figure out what those poses are for you.

So, how do you step out of your comfort zone and realize your dreams?  Find an expert and ask for their help.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and guidance!  I was so embarrassed at my first cosplay photo shoot.  I had to confess I had no idea what I was doing.  Justin didn’t blink an eye and showed me what to do.  There is no shame in asking for help or mentoring to reach your goals.  You cannot always do everything yourself.  I know how hard it is.  We’re nerds, so getting made fun of is par for the course, but if you are around fellow nerds, then take that leap!  I know it is scary, but you can do it!

Which brings me back to getting my photos taken and put on a website.  Holy cow!  A dream realized!  Here are some candids that the kiddo took of me at the shoot.

I want to thank Gold Bubble Clothing for letting me take that leap.  I am so appreciative for the opportunity.  Your clothes are beautiful and amazing.

Now, if you want to get your hands on some of these dresses, go here.  If you want to take a look at all of Gold Bubbles offerings, go here.  Happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

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*All dresses:

*Images from Star Trek and related intellectual property: TM and © 2016 CBS All Rights Reserved.




Kim Henderson McAndrew, author of the book "In Plain Sight: Using Everyday Cosplay To Express Your Inner Superhero". She loves nerdy fashion, everyday cosplay in particular. Her main fandoms are Marvel, Star Wars and Disney.

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