I want to introduce you to a personal friend and an inspiration for CAUSEplay. This little vixen is obsessed with detail and accuracy, which pushes her to make amazing costumes and learn new things. She isn’t afraid to share her knowledge, posting tips and WIPs on her Facebook page! So, make sure to follow her to see what new tips she has or what she is working on. She also has a huge heart for such a tiny gal, always going the extra mile to make sure the kids are smiling at charity events! Love your face and can’t wait to see all your new adventures!!! –Mala
Name: Harley’s Vintage Kisses
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
What got you into CAUSEplaying?
I was invited by HEROIC Inc when I appeared in my Harley Quinn costume for the opening night of Dark Knight Rises
What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
There is nothing, I mean NOTHING like the feeling you get when you see a disabled or special needs child meet their favorite super hero.
What was your first CAUSEplay event?
It was a community event at the local library themed, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. They had police, fireman, truck drivers, and all sorts of different careers children might be interested in, including super heroes.
What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why? That’s a double sided question, lol! I like to wear Harley Quinn because I get to be giddy and silly, same with my Gir (from Invader Zim) mascot costume, but they are not the most comfortable. Harley Quinn started out as a 2 hour makeup ordeal. Now I have it down to about one hour, depending on the method and product I use that day. Gir requires zero prep, but I need assistance getting in and out of the costume and need a dedicated handler, or spotter, while in costume. Wearing Gir is like wearing a portable Sauna. I truly like wearing Black Canary for comfort reasons, but she isn’t nearly as popular with kids as Harley and Gir.
Most memorable CAUSEplay moment :
I get just ONE?? There were a couple events I was wearing my Gir costume and I had little girls take a huge liking to me. One event the little girl didn’t know what I was, and when my spotter informed her I was a dog the toddler kept finding sticks around the park and bringing them to me. At various times she would just come out of nowhere and give me a huge hug. It was SO adorable. Similar things have happened where I get a little girl around 3-6 want to just keep dancing with me (yes, I dance as Gir). Other times I’d let them scratch Gir behind the ear and tap my foot with excitement when they did. This would be followed by a gale of laughter form the little ones and they’d keep coming back to dance, give me hugs, and scratch my ears, haha! The funny thing with my Gir costume is the visibility is so limited for me inside the costume half the time I don’t even realize someone is posing next to me for a photo, let alone what they look like, so later on I see pictures of myself or get comments as I make new friends “YOU’RE GIR!! OMG! MY KIDS LOVED YOU!!”
What is your favorite cause to support?
I’m honestly not sure I can pick a favorite. I’ve really enjoyed supporting the down syndrome walks, MDA events, and anti-bullying.
The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
It’s no holds barred when I embody a character for these kids. Harley Quinn flails a chicken or rubber mallet about while encouraging kids to come dance with her. I’ve done hula-hooping, cartwheels, line dances, and obstacle courses while wearing Harley Quinn. After 4 hours of literally dancing, skipping, and running I am one tired lady.
Who inspires you?
My friends inspire me the most. Most my friends are involved in costumed charity work and their big hearts continuously instill my faith in humanity.
Advice for CAUSEplaying:
Remember you are there for the children. They should always come first. Second, WEAR COMFY SHOES!
What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
The Purple Dash a 5K for Epilepsy Awareness
Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
It depends on if I am costuming or cosplaying. 😉 Honestly, I genuinely embrace the character and act in addition to dressing up, so I’m okay with either term.
What was your first costume/cosplay?
I was probably 13 when I dressed up as Princess Leia in the white robes from A New Hope. I spent lots of time studying her costume and looking in to the details, like how glossy her lips were. I also put an Ewok costume together for my younger sister. Then in High School my cousin made a Sailor Mercury costume for me. The first costume I had made (by the same cousin) as an adult was classic Harley Quinn in 2008. I wore it to the Chicago Comic Con.
What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
I’m an account manager for one of the waste/garbage companies. Yeah….not nearly as awesome as being a billionaire by day and vigilante by night.
If you could have any job what would it be and why?
A professional super hero for kids in need. But that would defeat half the purpose, since it would no longer be charity/volunteer work, but rather a job. I can’t imagine anything better than bringing smiles to children’s faces all day. Too bad the Disney Princess market is so competitive. Since those are not likely, I think being a voice actress would be superb! Think about it; it’s okay if you don’t look like a super model, or have fancy clothes, or even if you smell funny! You just come in your sweats, have a seat in a little box, and talk to yourself in various voices all day.
Tell us something random about yourself:
I eat souls to sustain the lustrous shine in my hair.
Star Wars or Star Trek:Star Trek for the sake of humanity, lessons, and warm fuzzy feelings. I always liked Star Wars, but there wasn’t enough for me to love. Star Trek has endless seasons and tons of movies! Star Wars wins the bad ass costumes contest and action side of things, though.
Marvel or DC: DC! I relate to more of their characters. Favorite Comic Series:Sailor Moon, actually. My 13 year old self fell in LOVE with the TV series and opened the gates to comics and anime. Batman would be second, cliché, I know.
Favorite Comic Character: Harley Quinn (Original classic derived from the 1990’s animated series, NOT the newer versions!)
Favorite Book: Wheel of Time series
Favorite Video Game: Skyrim
Favorite Convention: Otakon and SLC Comic Con
Affiliations (clubs or groups): HEROIC Inc, Dolls & Gents (Vintage/Pinup Charity Group). Huge fan of the Mandolorian Mercs.
Additional awesome to share:
Here is a link to article on Fox13 News about the Down Syndrome walk. I’m on the featured photo for the article with two freaking adorable girls I helped through the obstacle course.
Let me know how you are getting involved! I want to hear your stories!! And adventures!! Or tell me about a CAUSEplayer or a group you think are making a difference! Email AdventuresWithMala@gmail.com with your stories! If sending info on an individual person please let them know you have done so, to reduce the creep factor of a stranger contacting them for a potential interview.