Costumes just call to you sometimes and this one definitely did the minute I saw ‘The Magical Place’ episode of Agents of SHIELD. In the episode, Skye ends up pretending to be Melinda may to get what she needs for a mission. (May even approves of her choice in jacket.) I’d always intended to costume as Skye because I not only love her character but was thrilled to finally costume as someone in the MCU with a racial makeup like my own. And then when I found the (almost) screen accurate jacket… yeah it was meant to be.
I got to wear this around MAGFest and Katsucon this year and had a blast especially when people either a) got that I was Skye or b) asked if I was Agent May since, y’know, that was sort of the point. Thank you to my friend Aaron for letting me borrow his Winter Soldier BFG for a few pictures that were a bit more Season 2 inspired.
I’ve said it before (as recently as Tuesday) but I’m happy to say it again: Skye is so important to me as a biracial woman who rarely gets to see herself represented in television let alone in the MCU. It’s still kinda amazing to me that there’s finally an MCU character that I can cosplay as and not worry about someone saying that I shouldn’t because I don’t look enough like her. And again, this was a costume where I got to be Skye being May. Perfect. So yeah. Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen? Keep being awesome in Agents of SHIELD. You’re both so inspiring and rad as hell.