Cosplay Confidential: HarleyQuinn_SLC

HarleyQuinn_SLC covers the many looks of Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn has been a favorite of cosplayers since her introduction, but few have done as impressive a job covering the many looks of Joker’s main squeeze better than Trina Melton aka HarleyQuinn_SLC. Check out her amazing costumes here.

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as classic Harley Quinn

Name? Trina Melton(A.K.A. HarleyQuinn_SLC)

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as Dr. QuinzelHow did you get into cosplay? I had a dream that I was Harley Quinn and The Joker kissed me!

How long have you been doing it? I have been cosplayer for a little over a year now!

What was your first costume? My first costume that I made from scratch was my Harley Quinn Steampunk version! Inspired by Jessica Nigri’s Steampunk Harley Quinn.

What’s been your favorite? My favorite Cosplay that I have done would have to be my Hercules (The Rock version) gender bend cosplay because I feel like a rebel and an ancient god wearing it.

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as Bombshell HarleyWhat was the hardest costume you’ve done? The Hardest costume that I have ever done would have to be my Bombshell Harley Quinn because when I ordered the batsy belt from Amazon, it was a kids belt. I received it, pulled off all the little pouches and colored each one black and red and glued each pouch back on. I painted (from scratch) The Joker’s artwork on the back of one of my modified jackets and painted layers and layers of red acrylic paint on one of my multiway bras. I have to say that copying the Joker’s artwork on the back of the jacket was my hardest cosplay yet!

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as Arkham Knight HarleyHow much time does it take to make an average costume? It really depends on the costume and my mood, haha I know that sounds ridiculous but I made a poison Ivy costume in between studying for finals one day because I was going to go crazy if I didn’t do something other than watch videos about space and time for my Astronomy class, and it literally took me a couple hours to throw it together and glue every single leaf on a bra and underwear! My Arkham Knight Cosplay I am still making modifications to this day! I started this the first time I saw the commercials for the new Arkham Knight game for the new gen consoles. It has been almost a year since I threw it together and now it has some AMAZING improvements along with more to come!

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as Steam Punk HarleyHow much money do you typically spend on your outfits? Honestly, I do not keep track! If I could guestimate, I would say about $80-$100 for all the supplies and not to mention time! I spend a lot of money on supplies and a lot of time to make my dreams become reality. Some stuff I can order from China which takes forever to get but so worth the price as long as I make a list of things I need and get them sequentially. I literally have to plan out everything and make a blueprint in my head. Ebay, Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Walmart have become my best friend when finding supplies.

What makes it so rewarding? The fact that I created something from my imagination into reality is what makes my cosplay so rewarding. I also was diagnosed with Bi-Polar and the fact that I can be someone other than myself for a certain amount of time and be someone whom I look up to and adore. That is what makes Cosplay so rewarding to me!

Cosplay - Harley Quinn SLC - as new52 Harley QuinnDo you have a regular group you partner up with for costumes? I actually do not have a group considering that I am so preoccupied with school, work and my career when I am not creating my dreams into reality (which technically we are all doing at all times!). I do go to local charity events when I hear about them and I am free. I love gathering with other people who have the same interests as I do!

What would you say to people who have thought about doing cosplay, but haven’t quite worked up the nerve yet? I would say this: Do what you want to do and if it happens to be one of your heroes for a day, don’t let anyone tell you that it is stupid or childish because we only have a limited amount of time on this planet. It shouldn’t be wasted seeking others’ approval by any means! Whether you are on a mission to kill the Bats or to save the world, do what makes you SMILE!

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