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Cosplayer Yaya (AngelicStar) > Costume of Anck-su-namun from The Mummy

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The Mummy
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Anck-su-namun
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I am a huge fan of the Mummy movies and have always liked the tragically romantic lovestory of Imhotep and Anck-su-namun. I watch all of those movies often while I'm working on costumes. A few months ago while re-watching the first movie, I thought of Dragoncon coming up and what a perfect opportunity it would be to do the bodypaint of Anck-su-namun at that event. Looking at the footage, it seems easy enough, just very time consuming. Indeed, with two people working at the same time, Brian and our friend Patterson, who runs www.savethemummy.com, it took 6 hours, and that was with us preparing ahead of time. I can't thank these two enough for helping me! All painting aside, the accessories were also vital to this outfit. I studied the references for a long time and then set out to replicate them. The wrist cuffs, Horus carm bands and ankle cuffs are made of foamie sheets, the beaded belts, necklace and hair piece took several hours of beading, and I made the belt sashes out of a beautiful curtain material. I made the little tiny cobra out of model magic, and wore sandals instead of going barefoot to adhere to hotel policies. The only other piece of clothing I wore was a black thong, as I didn't want to appear nekkid with a tan or gold one. I did also wear pasties that were painted over and blended into the design. My wig is the same one I used for Cleopatra.
Personal Thoughts:
I am so happy that, with the help of my friends, I was able to do this costume. It was very strenuous and toe numbing to stand for 9 hours straight - 6 for the painting, 3 to walk around afterward - and I was really exhausted afterward, but it was all worth it. So much love and thanks to my friends who painted me and walked around with me so I didn't have to be a lonely gold statue. The best compliment of that night came from the group that did the Bodypainting panel at Dragoncon, wo said to Patterson and me that we really accomplished what they were talking about in the panel, which is "dressing someone in paint"!
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