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Fursuit Friday Feature #21: STARDUSK


Hello everybody and welcome back to another wonderful Fursuit Friday Feature!!!

These have been slow-coming here recently with my having gone to a convention (pics of that coming soon) and also out of pure laziness on my part. For that I do apologize. But, someone recently wanted to revamp the interview they did awhile ago…and when I received their submission, it really motivated me to get the ball rolling again and make my normal Friday post. Besides…who DOESN’T want to see an adorable Dutch Angel Dragon?

Dutchies do seem to be the most popular submission of all my Fursuiters wanting to be in this blog, and I have noticed that the DAD and AD communities have really taken the fandom for a ride as they increase their numbers. So, today we have Stardusk. I love white Dutchies and love all the unique things that can be done with them…so, before I go off rambling some more, lets get down to the questions and really see what Stardusk and her owner are all about.

1.Name: Bethany, but most people call me Beth

2. Character Name: Stardusk

3. Character Species: Dutch angel dragon

4. Fursuit Maker:
Temperance of Komickrazi Studios:

5. Total Cost$2500

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
—I put down the down payment back in November or early December of last year. She has rolling commissions, so she’s always open, but this means a bit of a wait. However, once it was my turn, she was very quick. My suit was made in two weeks.

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
—At first when I fully became part of the furry fandom and was introduced to fursuits, I didn’t think it was for me. I saw a few videos of cons and fursuiter like Telephone and became more intrigued, but still not convinced I wanted one. Then, I met some friends in my area who were furries. One of them, Lonewolf, had her own fursuit made, and invited me over for an introduction. Once I saw how cute they were in person, I knew I wanted a suit for myself.

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
—I haven’t done so too often, but the few experiences I’ve had were very positive. I went and suited up at an Asian night market, which was lots of fun. I got lots of curious reactions, and lots of people wanting to take my picture. Even got to dance with one kid.I also handed out candy on halloween as Stardusk. Every time I opened the door I got great reactions, the kids loved Stardusk.

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
—I have a few lined up for the coming year, most of them local. Chase con and Genericon in the upstate NY area, and Anthro New England in Boston are definite. I might also go to Furnal Equinox in Toronto, and I definitely want to go to Anthrocon at least once! I recently went to chase con, or Saratoga Comic Con, and met some fellow furs there. Stardusk was quite a hit there, she got lots of people wanting to take pics with her. One little boy really loved her, every time he saw me he would run up to me and give me hugs and pets, it was utterly adorable. I also got complimented by J. G. Herzler, who played general Martok in Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which was super cool.

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
—Ive had very positive reactions! People are very curious about her, I get lots of exclamations about how cute she is and how soft the fur is.

11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
—Partly for fun. But I also really wanted to do some charity things. Maybe raise money for relay for life (my mom is a survivor, so it’s s cause close to my heart) or visiting children in hospitals or nursing homes. I want to bring some smiles and happiness to people.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
—I’m still refining her character, but I act more cat-like and bouncy when I’m Stardusk.

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
—My favorite thing is how fluffy and adorable it is, and how even the few people who have seen her just want to give her a hug.

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
—My least favorite thing is the heat. I’m a cold dweller, I love the cold. It gets rather hot in there after a while. A cooling vest helps! I also want to install a fan inside the head.

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
—Have fun with it! Take it slow at first, don’t push yourself to have your first outing ever at a con. Suit up for half an hour to an hour, in a cool place just to get used to how it feels. Take some time to think about the character you want to create. You’re essentially an actor, so get into your role! Make sure you have a handler when you go to cons. It’s hard to see your feet, so having someone to warn you of things you can’t see will help you avoid tripping. And they can remind you to hydrate and take breaks.

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
—I don’t really have one, I love it!

17. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
—Probably not, but if I did it would be a different character. Probably my kotae.

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
I have two uploaded right now! I have zero experience editing videos, so it’ll take a bit to get the others I’ve done uploaded. But everyone is welcome to check out my channel in the meantime! Stardusk Dutch Angel Dragon. I’m also over on Instagram, where I post most of my pics: Starduskdutchangeldragon

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this?:
—Just have fun! Whether you’re cosplaying or fursuiting, go with what you want to do. Don’t let the negativity of others hold you back. Be a positive force in the world, no matter what it is you do. There’s so much darkness in this world, but you have the opportunity to be a beacon of light, so let your light shine!

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So there you have it folks! That was Stardusk!!

It really makes me happy when I can see someone that has had an overall positive experience to suiting and going out in suit in general. We all complain about the suits being too hot. But this person loves her Fursuit, loves being in her Fursuit…really took her time in coming around to fursuiting and then deciding what character she wanted to suit as. If you watch her videos…it was 9-months before her suit was even started so…it took a good amount of time for Stardusk to come to life.

Either way, this Dutchie is adorable, and I’m so glad that she has gone out, had fun, and has really been able to spread the joy and fun which is what the Furry Fandom is all about. All this and great advice to boot! So thanks so much Bethany and Stardusk for submitting yourselves to be featured in my blog! 😀

If you or anyone you know is a Fursuiter and you would like to be featured for my Fursuit Feature Friday, then please drop me a link down in the comment-section below to a place where I might reach you (facebook, FA, DA, other) and send you the interview. I’m always looking for new Furries to feature whether it be fursuits, artists, crafters, or a brand-new species…!

As always, thank you all so much for tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next blog 😉


The best portrayals of Furries in the media thus far?

I know that I am often very aggressive when it comes to Furries being shown in the media…
A lot of the time, we have seen that Furries are still made fun of, even by reporting professionals in their work, and we have seen that a lot of documentaries covering the Furry Fandom often describe it as something closer to a mental illness than something people do just for fun.

But, today while browsing across Facebook, I noticed a video posted by Tanner Cotham in one of the various Furry groups that I am a part of, and it had a lot of likes and hearts because people were claiming that this was the best representation of Furries that the media had dished out thus far.

The video already had 17,000 views, and I was wary upon first starting the video…but by the end of it I was smiling and was actually very pleasantly surprised. Here we have a reporter that goes to talk with a bunch of mil-furs (Military and/or ex-military Furries) in the San Diego area. She meets with the friendly red dragon named “Chance” (real name is Alex), and, he describes what the Furry Fandom is really about.

Unlike the other documentaries and interviews where people are describing themselves as being something more than human (which is not applicable for all Furries), rather, Chance says that being a Furry is more for people who have managed to keep a piece of their childhood alive…that it’s all about fun and freedom and that, while society tells us how we should act and be as adults, the stresses of life are unhealthy, and being a Furry for most is more therapeutic. He says this especially applies for people in the military that have a stricter code for behaving than most people.

After talking with Chance, the reporter then goes and visits “Mischief Makers” who make Fursuits (you will know them for making the suit of Majira Strawberry and other popular Furries). There the reporter tries on a fursuit which she will be wearing the entire day. I must say that I was actually impressed with this. Most reporters that want to “get Furry” often just slap on a tail and a pair of ears. Either that or they wear a silly animal onsie you can buy at Walmart and then interview Furries in their new “fursuit”. Even though they are trying to be funny, all they are really accomplishing is pointing out that they don’t take the fandom seriously and/or that the whole thing is just a joke assignment to them…and for Furries, it can actually be pretty insulting.

But this reporter donned a fullsuit from Mischief Makers…they walked with other Furries to the park, took photos with people and kids, danced, and really just did what Furries normally do…all the while interviewing different Furries who explained that wearing the costume for them is breaking loose. For military people and anyone really, it allows them to be free, to be silly without fear of someone judging them for their behavior. It gives people a massive confidence boost when wearing a mask and they can just be themselves which the reporter seemed to understand entirely.

Afterwards, she went back to Chance’s house and they all had a Furry rave. It was Furries doing Furry stuff, and even the reporter had fun and said that yes, it was “silly” but, at the same time, she realized it was silly as in “fun” and that, that was the whole point of the fandom.

I felt happy…and I felt relieved. Someone finally “gets it”. Someone finally sees what being a Furry is all about. there was no interview with the strange kid barking and growling at everyone. There was not that person talking about how they knew they were this-certain-creature since they were born and that they are not fully human. Naturally, while there are people in the fandom like that…this was the first time, that the answers could honestly apply to the fandom in what I believe was 100%, and even the reporter realized that what makes the fandom great is not the costumes, is not the creatures, but just the amazing and loving community in general!!!

So…I’m very happy.
I’m very happy to finally see an honest take and view into the Furry fandom…a view that is true, that is fair, that is respectful, and that can actually be used to show others what the community is like.

But, what do YOU think?

Do you think this is accurate to the Furry Fandom? Where did you think the video was lacking? What would you like to see more of? I understand they on;y showed Fursuiters which make up such a small portion of the community. But, I honestly feel like it was better this way. Fursuiters are the only ones people tend to notice, talk about, and even care about if they are not in the fandom…so, I feel like people will listen more to a Fursuiter than they would someone out of costume.

Anyways, as always…thank you all so much for reading this blog. Leave your opinions in the comment-section below, and, as always, I will see you all in the blog 😉

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