Solange Amorim, a 50-year-old mother from Manaus, Brazil has been getting a lot of online attention lately for her ability to transform herself into popular cartoon characters and her courage to regularly attend cosplay events, which usually appeal to youths.
Solange, who goes by Tia Sol on social media, discovered the wonderful world of cosplay when she started accompanying her daughter, Jessica, to local events. She fell in love with it immediately, but it wasn’t until a few years ago, when a friend asked her if she had the courage to dress up as a cartoon character herself that she really got involved in the cosplay community.
Muriel from “Courage the Cowardly Dog”
“A friend asked me if I had the courage to do cosplay,” Amorim told A Plus. “I said I did, but she did not believe me. I accepted the challenge. I won the bet, she had to pay the dressmaker for me.” Her very first cosplay costume was that of Granny, from the Looney Toons, and it was so well done that she won first place. She loved the experience so much that she kept dressing up as cartoon characters, even using her age as an advantage to carve her own niche – grannies, fairy godmothers and witches.
Granny from “Looney Toons”
“I do not feel old, the world is old – I feel like a child,” Solange said. “I can launch myself into the world of make-believe, where anything goes.”
The Bored Witch from “The Triplets”
Tia Sol doesn’t miss a single cosplay event in her home city, and would definitely like to attend others as well, but the prohibitive price of traveling prevents her from doing that. Luckily, we live in a world where social media allows you to showcase your talents to everyone around the world. The 50-year-old cosplay enthusiasts regularly posts photos of her in all sorts of adorable outfits, on Facebook and Instagram, where she has thousands of followers.
Gramma Tala from “Moana”
“I never thought that I would be well received among the young people, I’ve made a lot of friends during all of this,” Solange told Buzzfeed.
Fairy Godmother from “Shrek”
To people her own age who might think of her hobby as silly, she has a very simple message:
Genkai from “Yuyu Hakusho”
“Enjoy life! Don’t feel ashamed and don’t listen to criticism. We’re not old; inside, we’re all children. It’s never too late to be happy,” she says. “Love, have fun and enjoy life because we don’t know when we’ll be leaving it behind. When the time comes, I can tell you that I’ve done everything that I’ve wanted to.”
Yubaba from “Spirited Away”
Ursula from “The Little Mermaid”
Toph Beifong from “Legend of Korra”
Rita Repulsa from “Power Rangers”