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After winning the 2013 League of Legends Mask Contest (Community Vote) for her Justicar Syndra mask, Rhou (a stage name coined from her valiant raiding days on World of Warcraft) has always been a firm believer in "Cosplay is for everyone". Her passion for PC and console games started at the age of 5 when she used to watch her stepfather play Heroes of Might and Magic. Gundam Wing, Cardcaptor Sakura and all things Toonami (from late 90's into the early 2000's) played a huge influence on her reverence of anime. However, it wasn't until August 2014 that she discovered another love for crafting, prop-making, costuming and painting-among the core skills found in all types of cosplay. Rhou is passionate about pushing the boundaries of her costumes, often challenging herself to adopt new skills in order to expand and improve upon her craftsmanship. Only recently learning how to sew from a dear friend and fellow cosplayer, she added huge upgrades to her Ravenborn LeBlanc cosplay after finding opportunities in her prior versions. This new skill awarded her a spot among the "Chôsen" Top 20 during the Georgia Aquarium costume contest at Dragon Con 2015 co-hosted by Yaya Han. Although she didn't place, she is still extremely proud of how far she has come in just over a year of cosplaying as well as her first time ever competing in a major costume competition. With her sights set on completing her League of Legends PROJECT: Leona cosplay in time for Katsucon 2016, she hopes to absorb more skills in shaping and customizing LED panels, programming Arduino boards, and experimenting with new foams, thermoplastics, molds, and resins. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and a Business minor from George Mason University and currently works full time as a repair technician.



Convention Guest Appearances:
   AniMore 2016 - January 22-24 in Baltimore, MD

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