North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives LADYPARTS the 411 on the art of cosplay.
“Meet Rosario Flame”
I met Kim in a Syracuse diner I found on Yelp. He arrived, 30 minutes late, rushing through the door confidently.
Kim was nearly unrecognizable as he wasn’t wearing his usual attire, he dressed down for the occasion in a full Serpent – Wolf costume. “Meet Rosario Flame,” he said.
“I’m a cosplayer, always have been, always will be.”
After Kim ordered what I soon learned to be his “go-to” diner item, (A Black & White milkshake and two side orders of sausage) we got down to business.
He talked about growing up and always striving to be different. He’s been participating in “costume play” since a very young age. (See below) “Cosplaying gave me an opportunity to be myself in a way that is completely not myself,” said Kim in between bites of sausage.
“It’s really about becoming the best person you can be. Or fox.”
Kim explained growing up in North Korea isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Honestly, It can get difficult,” he said. Kim admitted that on nights he wasn’t bowling with Pa, he’d sneak out of his house to attend cosplay conventions.
“Daddy’s Little Man”
When I asked Kim about his father, he laughed. At first he refused to talk about his “Pa” but after a few more Black & White milkshakes, I couldn’t get him to shut up about it! Apparently, Big Kim was a difficult man to please. Constantly seeking for his approval, Li’l Kim hid his cosplaying lifestyle from his father for nearly 15 years.
So what happened when he finally came clean? “He was so supportive,” said Kim, “and I was so relieved!”
“I couldn’t run this country without Rosario. “
Now, Kim is busy running the world but his cosplay life “couldn’t be healthier.” He proudly runs the country with his “first Serpent,” Rosario Flame and cosplayers and non-players alike respect and accept his extrahuman counterpart.
“She’s NoKo’s Mascot now!”
Kim refused to comment on the contents of the vat.
Zoë Klar has lived in her mom’s attic and her uncle’s basement making her a real force to be reckoned with.