This is why I do what I do.
At the recent library event that I helped with (and worked my tail off to get my costume to par) I was really surprised with how many parents…and kids knew who Black Cat was. There were separate lines to get pictures (one for Spidey, one for Star Wars, etc) and I was completely taken aback by how many kids re-joined lines just to get separate pictures with me.
I was really prepared to be a Spidey back-drop. It was cute to see little kids (especially the girls) get so excited that there was a girl character there.
That’s one of my biggest ‘cosplay’ motivations, to be the strong female role model I never really had as a kid. It makes my heart happy that I can provide that at all, for anyone.
*edit* I don’t know how I forgot, but thanks to the Cincinnati library for the photo!