My name is Monika Endres.
I come from Göttingen. I’m Ewenae and I live
in the north-west of France, in Normandy. And I’m a cosplayer. Usually you have to
teach yourself how to cosplay. You just have to
want to learn, bit by bit, and then you can craft whatever you want. Cosplay is obviously a huge part
of my life. It’s actually very intense. So are my studies;
they’re also a lot of work. But cosplay is
a lot of work in a different way. In the development of a cosplayer,
the community is really important. If you look at the community
of WoW cosplayers, it’s very close-knit. That makes it so special. I feel that, in recent years, the designs have become
more ‘cosplayable’, as it were. I started playing World of Warcraft
after the Lich King expansion. I’ve still got my little Shaman
and I play Alliance. When I was raiding
I always played a Mage. It’s just the one
that always fascinated me. Always for the Horde. It’s such a well-constructed world,
with factions, history and mythology. I think that’s the beauty of it. And it’s done. Sylvanas’ bow was particularly
difficult because I had to cut through extruded polystyrene
to create a bow made out of bones. My latest costume, Alleria Windrunner, was a tough nut to crack. This was the first time I had tried
to make something as accurate as possible. Before that I had always
added my own interpretations. This time I wanted to be
as accurate as possible, obviously not without losing my own style.
But it took a very long time. I met Ewenae for the first time
during Gamescom 2016. The fact is we both knew straight away
that this was an incredible woman, a truly talented cosplayer. What I admire most
about Fenvaria is her skill. She’s good at using new techniques.
On each costume, she showcases new things. It gets more beautiful every time. I had a close look at the leg plates
and I find them particularly fascinating. The details are extremely well
crafted, especially the battle damage. When you’re in costume,
you’re more of a model than a cosplayer. The two come hand in hand,
and the production is definitely the most important part.