I don’t know if you guys and girls still remember my post about Mikki Monster’s sexy cosplay of Neptune from “Hyperdimension Neptunia” (I published that post back in May of this year), but if you do remember that particular post, then you might also recall the part where I said that I would try to get an interview with Mikki? Well, guess what? I did manage to get that interview with Mikki =) So just the other day I talked to Mikki about everything from cosplay, gaming, censorship and her thoughts on lewd content.

And with that said, please enjoy our interview with Mikki Monster =)

mikki monster neptune hyperdimension neptunia cosplay front pose

Say hello to the lovely miss Mikki Monster as Neptune (“Hyperdimension Neptunia”).

Robin TGG
Would you be so kind and give us a proper introduction of yourself? 😉

Mikki Monster
My name is Makayla and Mikki Monster has been around for a few years now. I have been cosplaying for roughly eight years.

Robin TGG
How, when, where and why did you get involved in the world of cosplay?

Mikki Monster
I got involved in cosplay when my older sister was in high school and started introducing me to anime. The first con I went to was mtac with my family when I was 11. It was the first time I realized that there were other people who grew up with the same love of Sailor Moon, Outlaw Star, and Pokemon. After mtac my mother, sister, and I started making and selling Lolita accessories at local cons. It was a new world where we all fit in. Dressing up was always my favorite thing to do so cosplay was a dream come true, it fit like a glove.

mikki monster officer caitlyn from league of legends

Mikki as officer Caitlyn from “League of legends”.

Robin TGG
Which of your cosplays are you the most proud so far? And why?

Mikki Monster
The cosplay I am most proud of, I haven’t posted yet, but it is my armored Wicked Lady from Sailor Moon. It was my first time working with worbla. I realized I was so scared to leave my comfort zone that I have to do something. She is truly my greatest, proudest cosplay because I pushed myself harder than I ever have before.

Robin TGG
Is there any cosplays that you wouldn´t do? And do you prefer to do cosplays based on movies, games, comics or animes?

Mikki Monster
The only cosplays I wouldn’t do would be characters I didn’t know. For me, I find characters that I can really relate to and can bring to life. I tend to cosplay mostly from games and comic books.

mikki monster juliet starling lollipop chainsaw cosplay

Say hello to Mikki’s sexy Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw) cosplay.

Robin TGG
I’m curious to know if there is any cosplayers that you look up to and get inspiration from? If so, who?

Mikki Monster
The cosplayers I really look up to are Jessica Nigri, Kinpatsu, Kamui, Gladzy Kei, and Intraventus. They all to me, put a lot of love into their craft while promoting a positive cosplay environment.

Robin TGG
I know that I´ve asked other cosplayers this question in the past, but I´m going to ask it anyhow (especially since every single one of them has said no on this question). Any ways, here we go! So, do you work out a lot and keep a straight diet in-order to stay in shape?

Mikki Monster
I try to stay as healthy as I can, mostly though because I have a back condition that I have to be careful with, as well as helping my own self-esteem. Growing up I struggled with an eating disorder as well so, diet and exercise is the best thing I’ve found to help with both. However, I am a sucker for anything sweet.

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Mikki as Harley Quinn from “Suicide Squad”.

Robin TGG
What games are you currently enjoying? And which games are you looking forward to play in 2018?

Mikki Monster
The game I’m currently playing mostly is 4 Goddess Online. I have never played Final Fantasy 7 so the remake has me really excited and I’m still holding out for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Robin TGG
Do you have any advice or tips for those who would like to start cosplaying but are too shy to do it?

Mikki Monster
My advice for anyone starting is that it’s ok to start small or go slower. There’s nothing wrong with buying a cosplay, finding things around thrift shops, or using whatever you can find in your closet. Cosplay is about having fun and being goofy nerds together, not about height, weight, etc. Find a character you love and don’t let anyone hold you back. Everyone starts somewhere, and starting is the hardest part. So, grab that cosplay that maybe five times too big because you read ebay wrong, and rock it because you are doing something you enjoy. Don’t let anything slow you down.

mikki monster mimikyu pokemon cosplay

Mikki and her cute and sexy cosplay of Mimikyu from “Pokémon”.


Robin TGG
What´s your favorite Gaming/anime/cosplay event? And do you have any fun (or unpleasant, you don´t have to tell if you don´t want to) cosplay stories to share with us?

Mikki Monster
My favorite convention I have been to is Dragon-con. I think the funniest cosplay story I have was when I was shooting with the Affliction Photography Team. It was a long day, and I was fairly grumpy from being exhausted all day and they kept talking about this Italian restaurant. They went on about how amazing it was and I was being fairly snobby about it because I had been to Italy once, which in my head made me an expert– not the case. We go to the restaurant with me still grumpy, still in full cosplay and they sit this tiramisu down in front on me. I took one bite and physically fell backwards in my seat. Well, they caught me before I fell all the way back. So the running joke now is that I am a “food sexual” and we banter all the time about it.

mikki monster nep hyperdimension neptunia booty cosplay

Yet another great pin-up Nep (“Hyperdimension Neptunia”) cosplay by Mikki.


Robin TGG
Do you design and create your own cosplay outfits? If so, which outfit has taken the longest time to create? (I have no bad intent with this question, because not everyone has the time or the skills to create their cosplays from zero to 100% by themselves).

Mikki Monster
I enjoy creating most of my cosplays. I’ve had a few like my latex Neptunia commissioned since it was outside my skill level. The longest cosplay I designed and created would be my Wicked Lady, I was inspired by Gladzy Kei’s armored scouts to make Wicked Lady. In total, drawing it out to creation took about three weeks to finish.

mikki monster catwoman cosplay

I would love to see Mikki make some more Catwoman cosplays in the future (for obvious reasons, since I love cats and women).


Robin TGG
Since you have made quite a few lewd and pin-up-like cosplays in the past. I have to ask you if don’t get a bit shy or embarssed during photo shots? (I know that I would).

Mikki Monster
I always make sure the photographer I’m shooting with is someone I know and trust, which helps a lot. I do get a little body conscious sometimes, especially at cons in more revealing outfits, like Nep and Juliet. Lewd or more sexual cosplays though have been very empowering to me in accepting my body the way it is. It’s helped show me that I don’t have to hide in baggy clothing. I like making cosplays of women in sexier outfits because those women show how badass women can be. As far as lingerie shoots, it gives a different perspective on your body. More times than not boudoir shots have immensely helped my self-esteem. Portraying the characters in both lights can be really fun.


Robin TGG
What´s your take on censorship, political correctness and all the whine about “sexism” in the world of games and cosplay? (the “aggressive navel” policy at PAX, for example).

Mikki Monster
I believe that it can be taken too far, if the character is accurate, it can be hard to try to make it modest. As long as it follows modesty laws for that state I don’t see an issue with sexy cosplays. I can understand where family-friendly cons want stricter rules in place during the day around young kids, there’s a time and a place for it like after dark panels. However, to the extent of not being able to show naval or cleavage (to an extreme) is rather farfetched to me. A lot of characters are very sexual, at cons that are more adult based, there isn’t a need for stricter rules. On the Internet as long as that person has concented, they should be free to do what they want, that’s the beauty of the Internet.

Robin TGG
Why do you think that it´s such a big deal if there are sexy female characters and nudity in games nowadays? Furthermore, the very same people (SJW´s) who complain about stuff like that don´t even blink an eye when it comes to sexy males and nudity in games (hypocrisy much?).

Mikki Monster
I personally don’t see an issue with sexual or nude characters. I agree that males and females should be held to the same standard, to me nipples are just that– nipples. We have ratings for a reason, if it’s too sexual that person has the choice not to play or watch it. It shouldn’t take away the choice of others to play it because someone else doesn’t like it. If it’s not hurting anyone, people should be able to live their own lives. I think the taboo around it just makes it worse.

mikki monster keres zenescope cosplay

Mikki and her super sexy Keres (it’s one of Zenescope’s comic book characters) cosplay.

Robin TGG
I don´t know if you get a lot of hate comments, mail and such…But it seems like the better and sexier a cosplayer look, the more hate he or she get. So is there any truth behind that you think? I also have a feeling that most of the hate comes from jealous non attractive females (whom I bet are SJWs).

Mikki Monster
I have had hate come from both sides, men and women. Honestly, there’s no point to it. The most it accomplishes is hate on both parties. It is true that I see sexier cosplayers be bashed for being sexy. I think a lot of it comes from the taboo idea of the bare anatomy. We all have sexual organs; some just choose to show off more. There’s not a point in shaming anyone else, it just makes it easier for people to continue harassment on each other; it fuels the fire. If it’s not something that you wish to see, then don’t partake. Walking away is easier than repairing that pain. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it. We all just want to be happy in our own lives.

mikki monster nep hyperdimension neptunia cosplay


I really love Mikki’s pin-up version of Nep (“Hyperdimension Neptunia”).

Mikki Monster
My plans for next year is to find the next scary cosplay thing and kick it in the butt. I hope to learn a lot more and meet new friends along the way. As far as the cosplay community, all I have to say is be nice, everyone has a story you don’t know and kindness goes a long way. Be safe, have fun, and don’t let negativity hold you back.

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