Solange Sanchez as Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V

Quiet Cosplay met up with Solange Sanchez in her Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V cosplay for a photo shoot and interview.

Solange Sanchez as Quiet met up with Solange Sanchez in her Quiet Cosplay for a photo shoot and interview. We first met Solange at Mega Con Tampa Bay and got a quick snapshot of her then but she was then nice enough to make the 4 hour round trip so we could get some better photos and learn a little more about her. We hope you enjoy the photos and brief interview with Solange below. (CC): Thank you for making the four hour round trip to allow us to photograph you in your Quiet cosplay and get to know a little more about you. We assume you played the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game. What appealed to you about Quiet that made you want to cosplay as her?
Solange Sanchez (Solange): First, thank you for taking beautiful pictures of my Quiet cosplay. It was great seeing the character come to life. I think that what appealed to me the most about Quiet’s character is that she’s a fighter and someone to be feared, while at the same time she still has very feminine traits. In the video game industry, sometimes female characters will be either or, but Quiet’s character has a good balance between the two.

CC: What were some of the things you purchased or made to complete your Quiet Cosplay?
Solange: At first, all the gear and rifle was purchased. I originally bought a black bikini and ripped some tights for the first event that I cosplayed Quiet, which was for Megacon Tampa Bay. However, the details weren’t quite right and I ended up buying fabric and making the bikini myself. I also bought new pair of sheer to waist tights and made sure that they were ripped at all the right spots, in order for it to be as accurate as possible. I made the grenades using toilet paper rolls, foam board, hair clips, and key chains. I then painted them using oil paint since I like to oil paint as well. This paint is thicker and it protects them better.

CC: What other cosplays have you completed?
Solange: In order, I have done Zero Suit Samus, Lana from Hyrule Warriors, Naho from Orange anime, Ellie from The Last of Us, Quiet, Babydoll from Sucker Punch, Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Posion Ivy, and The Great Fairy from Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Red Riding Hood.

CC: What is your favorite cosplay to wear to photo shoots and conventions?
Solange: Oh, that’s difficult. Let’s see, comfort wise, Quiet is the most comfortable to wear but I really enjoy cosplaying Azula just because her personality is so fun to engage in. She’s very sarcastic and evil, but in a cute way, yet her character also has very deep emotional conflicts that make her very tragic.

CC: Do you have any future cosplay plans that you are willing to reveal?
Solange: My list is slowly growing. This year I’m going to be making Saria’s cosplay from Zelda: Ocarina of Time, then I will work on creating something for Octavia from The 100 for Supercon, since the actor who plays her love interest in the show will be a guest there. Then I’m very excited to start making Jill Valentine’s suit from Resident Evil: Revelations. The suit will be a challenge but I can’t wait to start putting it together. If I do it correctly, then it will definitely be my favorite thus far.

CC: A few of your cosplays are video game characters. Do you play video games? If so, do you have a favorite platform and video game?
Solange: Yes, I play video games instead of doing homework, but don’t tell my teachers. I enjoy cosplaying mainly video game characters because I feel like there’s a lot more to the character than we get to see on screen and it’s fun to act as those characters in situations where they typically wouldn’t be in. I’m a Zelda fan at heart. I have played most Zelda games out there and my living room is decorated with all things Zelda. I also like to beat people at Mario Kart. As of platform, I grew up with Nintendo games so I would have to choose the Wii, even though the PlayStation 4 has better graphics. I also don’t own a PS4, sad I know.

CC: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than cosplaying?
Solange: I’m writing a novel at the moment. I’ve been working on it for about 8 years now. It’s an epic fantasy and a lot of my time has gone to world building and character development. I have about 250 pages of it written so far. I also really enjoy modeling in general.
CC: 8 years and 250 pages is a lot! We would love to give it a read if you ever complete and publish it.

CC: What are your career goals or aspirations?
Solange: I am currently a college senior at UF, studying English – Creative Writing. My goal is to be an editor for the big publishing companies. If that doesn’t work out, I would like to write scripts for TV shows.

CC: Do you have a favorite TV show? Any that the script writing gets your approval?
Solange: Game of Thrones for sure! The writing in the show not only addresses the characters but it also shines light on real world issues and questions. My French bulldog is named Tyrion Lannister.

CC: What about a favorite movie?
Solange: I have a favorite movie in every genre out there. Superhero-wise, my favorite is Guardians of the Galaxy. I am patiently waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

CC: What are some of your favorite movies in those other genres ?
Solange: I love movies, so I have a bunch of favorites. Musical: Phantom of the Opera, Animated: Anastasia, Comedy: Delivery Man was hilarious. I love most action and mystery movies.  I prefer books over movies in this genre, but that’s because I usually read the book first and then get angry at the changes to the movie version.

CC: Do you have any words of wisdom or a favorite quote?
Solange: “Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

CC: Do you have any social networks that would you like to mention?
Solange: You can follow me on Instagram @solangesanchez17 (link)

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