The Cloning of X-23

This past weekend we attended the much anticipated Amazing Hawaii Comic Con. There were a lot of blunders and disorganization expected from a “first-time” event being held here in Hawaii, but I won’t get into that. It was a fun experience overall, and I will do it again next year, although we probably won’t invest in their so-called “VIP Package”, because it did nothing for us. Again, I will not go over that.

This post is about the making, or cloning should I say, of the character that I chose to dress up as, the superhuman, supersexy assassin X23.

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Close enough, I guess.   This is my version, as this is the most undressed I will ever get in public.  I wore a pair of high-waisted (versus X23’s low-waist style) vegan leather leggings from Daily Look.  I paired it with a lace bralette from Victoria’s Secret, as I wanted to add a touch of femininity to it.  Lace & leather ;).  The combat boots were bought last minute our nearest Target, the belt buckle accents gave the outfit a she-is-going-to-squash-you look.  Yup, she’s wearing lace, but X23 means business.  The black “choker” was actually bra straps I took from one of my VS multi-way bras.  It proved itself to be very multiway, alright.  Hook and adjust was all it took.   The gloves were from six Halloweens ago when I dressed up as glamour Barbie.  I remember it went well with the hot pink party dress and blonde wig, and mile-high heels.  Thanks, Barbie.  The belt was not really a belt, but a removable strap from a weekender bag I got from VS a very long time ago.  Last but not least, her claws….Just like her backstory, X23’s claws came from Wolverine as well.  Scored an official Wolverine Claw toy from Amazon.  Made of styrofoam, it was very easy to just chop that middle claw, since X23 only has two claws per hand, not three.   I was missing her pendant and the X logo for the belt.  Regardless cosplayers and attendees recognized who she was.

Surprisingly, X23 was noticed more that I thought she would have.  There were so many photo opps requested from all ages, there were even little girls who swears she is their favorite character.

The best comment ever was, “You look so cool.  You are like a Disney Princess that kills people!.”

Absolutely loved it!!!

This is my favorite candid with one of her fans…  (Thank you Natalie Millon & PhotoLuxe for your pictures!)

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As X23 I also had the opportunity to meet a talented and amazing local artist, Lynne Yoshii, who did such a commendable thing that I admired so much.  I became a fan in an instant!  X23 has not reached the same success in pop culture or in the theaters as other X-Men women characters like Rogue, Storm, Mystique or Jean Gray (just to name a few).  Her following consists of die hard fans or readers of the X-Men / Wolverine series, so I was not expecting a lot of commercial products at the con featuring X23 that I could purchase as a memorabilia.  I searched anyway.  When I was about to give up, I came across Lynne’s booth and browsed through her portfolio.  Then a few pages in,  I saw a stunning sketch of X23.   I immediately wanted to purchase it, only to be told that she was sold out and that was not for sale because she needed it for her portfolio.  I was so sad since this was the only X23 that I saw throughout the whole weekend.  Lynne then offers to give me a “misprint” version of the artprint because they had some issues with the printer on the upper part of the page.  Totally not noticeable at all.  She did not want my money.  I accepted the “misprint” with a gigantic smile on my face.  I was sooo enamored with the artprint, Lynne’s quality of work, and her quality of customer service.  I will never forget what you did for me Lynne.  You created a raving fan, who will always share this story.  I will treasure your artwork forever.

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Please visit Lynne’s website to see her stunning work of art:

www.lynneyoshii.com

Frolic Hawaii also posted our group photo in front of the Amazing Hawaii Comic Con Red Carpet, featuring X23, Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan (Bronson), Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul (Marlon) and Kikyo from Inuyasha (Kelsie).

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Lastly, for for my cosplayers who are inspired to be X23 in the next Comic Con or Halloween, I created an outfit inspiration board for you, as well as some links on where to get the pieces.

X23_Outfit

Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Legging Pant
Sleeveless Scoopneck
Crop Corset
X-Men Belt Buckle
Gold Chain Belt
Black Choker
X-Men Wolverine Claws
Penny Loves Kenny “Krista” Black Riding Boot

Honey

#GoRed – National Wear Red Day

Friday Feb. 6th is National Wear Red Day.

Support the fight against heart disease by wearing red on the first Friday of February.  1 of 3 women die of cardiovascular causes, however, through research, education and a lifestyle changes, 80% of these events can be prevented.  The American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke can be preventable.

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According to goredforwomen.org over a decade ago since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, they have made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women.

Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
More than one-third has lost weight.
More than 50% have increased their exercise.
6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

(source – www.goredforwomen.org)

Through social medias such as Twitter and Instagram you can join the movement by posting a photo of yourself in red, using the #GOREDSELFIE hashtag.

Will be posting mines later, but I wanted to share my usual net-a-porter finds.  Love these RED pieces!

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1. VICTORIA BECKHAM Cutout silk and wool-blend crepe dress
2. ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner – Crimson & Clover
3. CHALAYAN Plant crepe peplum top
4. LA PERLA Eclipse triangle bikini
5. DELFINA DELETTREZ 9-karat gold, pearl and enamel earring
6. LANVIN Leather pumps
7. BURBERRY BEAUTY Nail Polish – 300 Military Red
8. J.W.ANDERSON Twisted leather clutch

What do you say darlings?  Time to bring out those LRDs (little red dresses for the ladies) & red shirts (gentlemen).  How will you #GoRed?

 


Honey

Love Being a Girl!

March 3rd marked an annual celebration for girls- Hina Matsuri, a Japanese tradition also known as Girl’s Day. A little history for ya:: upon birth, Japanese girls would be given beautiful dolls dressed in kimonos, complete with fans and musical instruments. Young girls would display their dolls, and take them down before March 3, when […]

Not Just A Pageant- A Celebration of Women In the Armed Forces

Susan Page Modeling is producing its first annual Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii 2012 Pageant on Saturday, March 24th at Mamiya Theater. There are 13 lovely ladies vying for the title, all of whom are 18 years old and older and are either active duty or spouses/dependents of military personnel in the different branches of service- Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine, and Air Force.

Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii

President and Owner of Susan Page Modeling, and Founder of the Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii Pageant, (and also one of the most inspirational people in my life) Mrs. Rebecca Schumacher designed the pageant to celebrate women of the Armed Forces. “It’s not just a pageant, it’s an experience,” Rebecca tells the candidates.  Of course it’s so much more than a competition- it’s an experience that will create new friendships and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Some of the contestants have already been featured in our Fall Fashion Show in December entitled “Winter Wonderland”, showcasing wedding gowns from one of the pageant’s sponsors, B’Ellagance Bridal & Gowns.

Beginning this Saturday, January 28th, the ladies will be attending a six-week pageant training course instructed by Pageant Director Marybeth Jenkins. Additional events and activities lined up for the ladies include a makeup workshop with Keahi Kirley, hair clinic sponsored by L’Oreal, a photo shoot with Damien Bujeker, and a zumba and fitness session with Miss MMA Hawaii Leslie Kaleiwahea.

Like the previous pageants, I will be assisting in the Administrative side and also designing the pageant book, as well as donating some handmade jewelries on behalf of Fashion with A Mission.  As of today most of the paperwork have been completed, including the judging criteria and what it means to reign as the Ms. Armed Forces 2012.

The objective of this pageant is to showcase our beautiful, intelligent, and strong women of the Armed Forces as well as the women who support a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. The ultimate goal of the judges is to evaluate and select a winner who is a strong role model and demonstrates a positive attitude towards her family and her country. She must have strong physical, mental and emotional characteristics that set her apart from other delegates. She must be poised, graceful, and elegant and firmly stands for what she believes in while being supportive and understanding in others opinions. Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii is a woman who posses all attributes of a beauty queen- a woman who is sincere, and knows how to maintain her integrity and humility in everything she sets to accomplish. Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii is a woman who is beautiful inside and out— someone who is very proud of her country and in her position within the Armed Forces.

The contestants will be judged in four phases of competition: Swimwear (15%), Talent/Spokesmodel (20%), Evening Gown (30%), Interview (25%), and overall Personality (10%).

An impressive panel of judges within the modeling and entertainment industry in Hawaii has been selected, and three of the five judges have been confirmed including Hawaii’s Ari Gold, Premier Models & Talent Director/Owner Douglas Lange, the beautiful and exotic Miss Hawaii USA 2011 Angela Byrd, and the legendary Ms. Susan Page herself! Dignitaries from the Armed Forces and the community will also be in attendance.

Winners will receive cash prizes, modeling scholarship, photo shoot, a modeling contract, beauty baskets, gift certificates, jewelries and other great prizes from our pageant sponsors. The newly crowned Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii 2012 will also be donating 10% of the ticket proceeds to her choice of Special Services, which means the more tickets we sell, the more we can donate to a cause.

Tickets are at $25.00 per person Pre-sale price, and $30.00 at the door.

How exciting, another new venture in the world of pageantry. Who will wear the crown? 

Love,
Honey