Yes, I tan myself for Katara, and a few of my other costumes. No, it is not black-face. It is done with NO racist intentions or any "imitation" of a race (Water Tribe isn't a race). The makeup I use is a natural tan color that I could (and have, darker actually) naturally reach if I spent any time outside.
It is not "putting on and taking off a race".
I simply tan myself in order to make my skin tone MORE SIMILAR to my favorite character I absolutely love. I find it RESPECTFUL to the character to not white wash her. No, I'm not going to choose another character if that one is my favorite. I don't see her for her skin tone, I see her for what an amazing personality she has and the similarities I share with her.
Do not harass me and call me racist. I will not be nice to you in response. I am not going to stop cosplaying my favorite characters the way I think is more respectful to portray them because you are hyper-sensitive to the subject. I have done nothing wrong, and you're wasting your time, so I'd suggest you just move along.
If you find this offensive or insulting, don't look at it. Don't look at my photos. I do not take them to offend people, and I do not take them for you. I'm sorry if it offends you, but I'm not going to change my opinion and I'm not going to stop tanning myself to do my characters more justice.
Do not reply to this if you are going to attempt to "prove me wrong", I will just delete your comments, because I am done dealing with this.
Do not message me, I will no longer entertain your opinions on this topic. I do not need the negativity on my DA or in my inbox so it will be deleted or flagged as spam. No, that's not cowardly, that's keeping your negativity off of my page. I entertained this for long enough.
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