Some like to play golf, others like to hike, but Anne Bruyn’s hobby is “adding a little spice” to other people’s day by wearing a suit at the end of her drive and entertaining passers-by.
Likely Ms. Dressup likes to call herself the “Queen of the Cosplay Corner,” a reference to the joy of costume play, a performance art in which people dress up as different characters.
Bruin said she surprises her accompanying audience with costumes ranging from a Star Wars stormtrooper to Beetlejuice.
“I have a captive audience because there’s nothing else to look at. I’m the star of the show, even though it’s anonymous attention,” says Bruin, who regularly dresses up to greet people from a busy corner of Vancouver’s Southwest Marine Drive.
“I know it’s boring here and everywhere you go. So hopefully I can make your day a little bit more interesting,” Bruin said.
“I don’t care who they are. They don’t care who I am, it’s a really sweet and innocent moment,” said Bruynn, recalling the voices she and her children received from passing drivers and passengers. .
A stay-at-home mom recently made a replica of the Iron Throne from the popular TV series Game of Thrones after watching YouTube tutorial videos with tree trunks, plywood, tin foil and foam.
When the chair was finished, she donned a long-haired white wig, dress and crown, then “took it out for a spin,” and the reactions were priceless, she said.
“I got a guy who came and knelt down so I could knight him because I had my sword and it was really funny, and then some guy yelled ‘Khalesi’, referring to one of the main characters in the series. .
Richmond resident Grace Peng often drives past Bruin’s home to take her son to school. For the first time, she stopped to pose for a photo of her wearing her Khaleesi robes as she sat on her throne of swords.
“At first I thought he was just a wax figure, but then I saw him suddenly moving towards me as he walked. “Oh, he’s real,” Peng said in an interview in Mandarin. so unexpected and Ann really made my day.”
Since then, Peng said he looks forward to seeing Bruin’s costumes when he comes through.
“He always surprises me, and then I started thinking about how many costumes Bruin has at home and how much time he spends on his makeup and what’s the story behind it,” Peng said.
Bruin’s “suitmaking journey” began three years ago when she was standing at the end of her driveway waiting for her child to come home from school.
“I waited, and then I noticed that people were looking at me because there was really nothing else to look at. Granted, you’re probably wondering why that person is standing on the street corner,” Bruin said.
“Then I thought. wouldn’t it be funny if I put on a costume and then my kid thinks it’s funny and it gives people something to look at?’
Cosplay is now a favorite pastime
Cosplay has become Bruin’s favorite pastime.
In an effort to bring free, silly fun into people’s lives, Bruin’s costumes change from time to time depending on his mood. Sometimes she dresses up every day, although the weather changes how often she goes out.
If it’s sunny, she can be Barbie standing in a giant homemade pink paper box in her pink outfit or cute dress.
On International Women’s Day, she rolled up her sleeves as Rosie the groundhog, complete with iconic red headband and arm flexing muscles.
He dressed up as a member of rock band Kiss when tickets went on sale earlier this year, and paid tribute to actor Betty White in costume after her death last December.
Bruin has a few ideas coming up for Halloween, including a zombie Barbie.
“Beetlejuice I do a lot of times in October because it’s so popular,” Bruin said.
“I was out as Beetlejuice on Sunday and so many people stopped by to take pictures and just tell me they love coming through my corner and I’m so honored.”
Dressing up as famous people or characters from popular movies and TV shows has been a fun ride for Bruin, and he hopes people feel the same way.
“I’m just adding some weirdness to your day because you’ve probably had the same day over and over again,” he said. “You just never know what might help change someone’s day.”
While Bruen said most people appreciate her dresses with a smile and a wave, she’s not sure her neighbors love it so much.
“I’m sure people across the street don’t appreciate all the noise,” Bruin said.
“Not everyone is a fan and that’s okay, I’m here for those who are,” he added.
She makes some of her own suits with the help of a local thrift store. Bruin said she doesn’t think she’s that creative, but she’s “brave enough” to stand on the corner in open-heart dresses to make people happy.
“It’s been three years and I hope it will be much longer.”
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