Talking with EuroCosplay 2013 winner Iloon

IMG_9804 (2)Once again the Netherlands were crowned the winners of EuroCosplay, making it two years in a row, with Iloon cosplaing as Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. MCM Buzz had a quick chat with her just mere minutes after she had been announced as EuroCosplay Champion 2013 (she was clearly very surprised that she had actually won). Not only did she take part and win, but it turned out that it was also her birthday too.

MCM Buzz: What’s your immediate reaction? How do you feel?

Iloon: Surprised, excited, best birthday present ever (laughs). No, I’m really excited. I’m stunned, really!

MCM Buzz: How did you feel when they said your name?

Iloon: When I was backstage and [the judges] were talking about [this being] the most bizarre judging experience ever, I was like ‘Oh my God,’ because I was the one stripping for the judges to show all the metal (points to arm). I already I had an idea [the judges] were talking about me. When I heard my name I was like… ‘Wahh!’

MCM Buzz: How did you feel to take the crown home for the Netherlands and keep it as European champion?

Iloon: I am really proud about it. I didn’t expect it. I was like… it must be… magical!

MCM Buzz: Because you wanted to reveal the whole detail of your costume, would you say that was the secret to why you won?

Iloon: Yeah, and also staying close to myself. Not turning myself into a whole different being, but just staying myself, I think that’s also important. Most cosplayers are like, ‘Oh my God, I need to sew something big to impress the judges.’ I’m like, ‘Oh screw it, I’ll go make something simple, but really neatly and perfectly made.’ I think that’s my secret.

Iloon as Edward ElricMCM Buzz: What do you love about Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist? Why cosplay this character?

Iloon: It’s not really the character itself, but more the story. But I have to say, the history of the character, and [having] the same personality… some s**t happened to me in the past, so I completely understand.

MCM Buzz: So you can relate to the character.

Iloon: I’m a big fan of the work of Hiromu Arakawa too. She’s making the art in traditional cel, which I really like. I really like the original art. The story is just perfect for Fullmetal Alchemist; it’s just perfect 

MCM Buzz: Happy birthday, congratulations and thank you.

Iloon: Thank you also, thanks a lot!


Photos supplied by John Shek and J-Po

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