[PHOTOS] Malaysian Family Cosplays Together With Costumes Made From Scratch
Jasmine Yap is the mum of no ordinary family
It all started when they attended a one-year-old's Pokemon-themed birthday party dressed as Nurse Joy, Prof Oak, and Togepi.
"Someone asked us if we were cosplayers. I had no idea what that was at the time so I Googled it and found the world of cosplay!" the 27-year-old tells SAYS.
And the rest is history.
For the past five years since then, the family has been cosplaying as a hobby and it's nothing short of adorable!
Based in Perth, Australia, Yap shares that she's originally from Johor while her husband Jonathon Low is from KL, and both of them work full-time as high school teachers.
"He teaches Science and English and I teach Drama and Dance."
They took part in three competitions in previous years solely for the purpose of letting their five-year-old and two-year-old sons gain confidence on stage.
In the meantime, the family attends conventions, including travelling to KL for Comic Fiesta and the Philippines for Cosplay Mania.
Although it's not a requirement, part of the fun of cosplay is getting to make the costumes
Yap spends her nights putting the outfits together using fabrics, trims, EVA foam, foam clay, spray paints, paints, and her sewing machine and overlocker.
"I make all the children's costumes from scratch because I can never find costumes in their size," explains the mother of two, who shares that she also makes them for her husband and herself.
She admits that they have bought some costumes before depending on time restrictions, as both of them work full-time jobs and have little spare time.
She has made most of the costumes from anime series, such as Naruto, Cells at Work, and Boku no Hero
"We also like cosplaying from Overwatch and Kingdom Hearts. We have probably cosplayed Naruto, Hinata, Boruto, and Himawari the most!"
Aside from teaching and making costumes, the couple's love for cosplay led them to start a small side business.
"[We] opened a small business named 'Hoshi', where we sell contact lenses for cosplay, ita bags, and light pens," Yap explains, adding that all of this keeps them really busy!