Featured Athlete: Judith Stephens
It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Judith Stephens competing in the New York City Triathlon! We asked the cosplay-triathlete a few questions on her colorful life and how she is planning on bringing it on August 3!
1) You are a Marvel Comic Cosplay Blogger, tell us what that means? I’ve been working for Marvel Entertainment for over eight years, and one of the many hats I wear there is photograph and blog about Marvel Cosplay and Costuming. Basically fans create and sew amazing real life versions of Marvel costumes which they wear to conventions around the world. I have the opportunity to attend a few of these conventions each year and photograph these stunning costumes, including at the largest gathering in the country at DragonCon in Atlanta each Labor Day Weekend. Last year we had over 400 people show up in costume! Photographs from all these conventions and events then get posted on Marvel.com and across our social networks.
2) How were you introduced to this? I went to school for photography at Parsons, the New School of Design, and while I was a student I was introduced to Japanese Anime and Manga. From there I discovered cosplay (which is a Japanese play on works of “costume play”), and started attending conventions to photograph the costumes. Along the way, I also became interested in making my own costumes, which I now make 2-3 each year, including Marvel’s Captain Marvel and Mystique. But my passion is still photography, which I’ve been able to bring along to my job at Marvel.
3) How does triathlon fit into your lifestyle? Sport has always been a part of my life, since being a kid and playing a sport year round, so it hasn’t been too much of a challenge to fit the triathlon training into my normal day-to-day. Through my fellow swim teammates from TNYA and other athletic friends, I have been able to learn how to get up early to train, what to and not eat, and adjust my schedule to fit that after-work run before meeting friends for dinner. This is my second year training and competing, and first time competing in the NYC Tri, so I’m excited to get bring even more training into my schedule and drop a few minutes from my previous time.
4) What super power would be most helpful to you when you are racing? That’s a great question! My go-to answer is always flight, but that seems a little excessive for racing. I’d actually love some super-strength, like Captain Marvel or She-Hulk, so I could do push myself and do each sport a little faster. Plus look smashing as I cross the finish line!
5) What color hair will you have for the 2014 NYC Tri? There are a rainbow of choices! You’ll just have to look for me on August 3 and see for yourself!