How to Hijab Cosplay?
1. The first criterion for Hijab Cosplay is the extent of the body that should be covered. Like for example, for the ladies whom wish to venture into Hijab Cosplay, the extent of covering obligatory is to cover the complete body except the face and the hands up to the wrist. However, if they wish to, they can also cover even these parts of the body.
2. The clothes worn should be loose and should not reveal the figure. The main purpose is modesty while dressing up in Hijab Cosplay.
3. The clothes worn should not be transparent such that one can see through them. Like if possible avoid wearing almost similar to skin color clothing to resemble the body. You can use white color garments instead as an alternative.
4. The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite gender. Like if the Hijab Cosplay was being too flashy, which is seen as a beginner's mistake when new to Hijab Cosplay. However it should be addressed with proper dressing choices from the guidance of the much senior Hijab Cosplayers.
5. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the opposite gender.
6. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers i.e. they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symbols of the unbelievers’ religions. Why this is noted is because to respect the Muslimah community's sensitivity.
7. If you are unsure of anything else, it is best to also seek guidance from a much senior Hijab Cosplayers in regards to Hijab Cosplay.
8. It is also best to avoid Cosplaying as characters that has relevance to Deities or God like characters because it goes against the Islamic way of life.
Ai Nurul giving Hijab Tutorial during JOM (Japan Otaku Matsuri), a locally initiative Cosplay Event Held in Malaysia
1. In Hijab Cosplay, one of the major difference compared to normal cosplay is rather than using wigs for hair styling, Hijab Cosplay uses "Hijab" or a cloth that majority of Muslim ladies wear to cover the head with as a symbol of modesty.
2. Experimental, for those whom are new to Hijab Cosplay, it will take some time to learn and experiment on Hijab Dressing, which can be learned from the senior Hijab Cosplayers. Thankfully they have volunteered and upload Hijab Dressing tutorials over at youtube.
3. Make up, in Hijab Cosplay is also as equally important as the styling of the Hijab. However, it is recommended to not over spend too much, but at the same time is recommended to use make up materials of good quality as to avoid skin irritations. You may refer to the make up artists for tips and recommendation regarding this.
Sarada and Boruto Hijab Cosplayers
Where to buy or make Cosplay Costumes?
1. There are various places of buying cosplay costumes, one of them is through ACG event areas.
2. Facebook shops or cosplay pages, again just search for the costume that you wanted. However be advise that not all costumes are available online. You might need to make your own if you just cant find it.
3. If your on a budget, can try to order from Mandarake Japan if your wanted costume is a bit rare to be found. However, we advise as online shopping has its known risks. Its the same when you shop on Lazada or Shopee, ebay or on Ali-express etc. These risks may include lost shipment, inaccurate colors, or sizes and that risks is all on you.
4. Purchase at a Cosplay store near you. You probably need to google on this. Add in your nearest location as well when searching.
5. Make your own. We at Hijab Cosplay also provides you with guidance on how to DIY your costumes from scratch. However you may still need some help from the Cosplay community that are more than willing to help you.
6. Most important is to have fun exploring cosplay!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: One day, a non-Muslim friend of mine asked me if she could join in Hijab Cosplay, even if she is not Muslim?
Hijab Cosplay is actually open for all other beliefs as long as they respect the basic rules in Hijab Cosplay as above. Meaning, you can start right away and try out Hijab Cosplay during the nearest Cosplay Conventions near you. However it is advisable that when people (General Public) may ask you follow up questions, just mention (in your words) that Hijab Cosplay is your method to express your love towards modesty.
Question: Is there any cosplan or cosplay that I should avoid when doing Hijab Cosplay?
Yes. Apparently there are some cosplan or cosplay that you should avoid when doing Hijab Cosplay. So remember, its not allowed to cosplay as these characters below, other than that is all good.
- God like characters (Deities, Goddess etc), which actually isn't allowed as it goes against Islamic values
- Any characters that would leave a bad image to Islam or goes against Islamic values should be best be avoided
- Hentai related characters ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) huh, what?
Question: What is cosplay?
Cosplay is defined as "a type of performance art" in which participants whom wore costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Basically, cosplay means that you dress up in a costume. While in Hijab Cosplay, it also in-cooperates with wearing a hijab and also overall clothing style and modesty while Cosplaying.
Question: Do I have to act like my character while I am in costume?
No. Some people do choose to role-play while they are in costume, but it is by no means required, unless you are participating in an event or in a cosplay competition.
Question: Where do I get a costume?
Some people make their own costumes, some buy them from places like Lazada, Shoppee or specific costume retailers. Still others commission people to make their costume for them. It is not required that you make your own costume unless you are competing, where you will be judged on your craftsmanship.
Question: How do I decide who to dress up as?
In Hijab Cosplay, you can dress up as whomever you like except you may need to avoid sensitive characters especially that may offend other religion, or parties. Try to get a second opinion from other senior Hijab Cosplayers regarding this.
Question: Can I wear a costume that isn't from an Anime or Japanese video game?
Yes! Its called OC (or Own Character) while in an anime convention, it is not require that cosplays be exclusive to Japanese media, unless you are planning on wearing the costume to participate in a specific cosplay event, in which case you will need to check the guidelines for each specific event. If you are just planning on walking around the convention halls, feel free to wear your favorite costume which also align withe the Hijab Cosplay values.
Question: Will people take my picture if I cosplay?
Almost certainly. It is very common for people to request photographs from people wearing costumes, particularly of popular characters. Practice your poses, just in case (important). This said, if you aren't comfortable with people taking your picture, don't be afraid to say "no". The vast majority of people are respectful of the cosplayer's wishes and will not photograph you without your consent. If someone does snap a photo without asking, you may politely ask them to delete it. If you encounter any problems with people taking unwanted photographs of you, feel free to contact any member, staff or security and they will be happy to help you.