Brittney (they/she), known as BBDesign in the community, started their cosplay journey in 2004 and never looked back. No mom and dad, they never grew out of it. BBDesign has competed in over a dozen cosplay competitions winning multiple Best in Show and Master Craftsmanship Awards. Having the opportunity to travel to different conventions across the US and has been nationally published in articles about building confidence through cosplay. BBDesign’s home will always be the Upper Midwest, but loves traveling and meeting new people through cosplay and conventions. Outside of cosplay, BBDesign is also a Master Instructor as a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a multinational gold medalist in competitive sparring. They are also a graphic designer and artist, oftentimes selling in artist alleys if not running around being a dork in cosplay.

“People cosplay for different reasons that are unique to them and oftentimes we have multiple reasons for pursuing this amazing hobby. A big reason I cosplay is the enjoyment I get out of connecting with so many people who share the same passions that I do and the environment has been so welcoming, but a larger reason would be that I could definitely feel that it built confidence within myself. I can’t help but want to embody powerful kick-butt characters. What keeps me going are the new challenges that cosplay brings and figuring out more innovative ways to create this imaginary character and bring them to life.”

After 19 years in the cosplay world, BBDesign gives back to the community that has given them so much through hosting panels, cosplay judging, cosplay guest opportunities, and contest coordinator in the Upper Midwest.

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