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Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

A Divas guide to sophisticated fangirling

The gang's all here. My desk starring (clockwise from top left) Annie and Erin of Attack on Titan; Sailors Mars, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Jupiter and Mars again of Sailor Moon R; Fuleco Mascot of World Cup 2014; Ravenclaw House prefect pin from Harry Potter, Kirito, Leafa and Kirito from Sword Art Online, BB-8 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and baby Groot of Guardians of The Galaxy.

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The gang's all here. My desk starring (clockwise from top left) Annie and Erin of Attack on Titan; Sailors Mars, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Jupiter and Mars again of Sailor Moon R; Fuleco Mascot of World Cup 2014; Ravenclaw House prefect pin from Harry Potter, Kirito, Leafa and Kirito from Sword Art Online, BB-8 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and baby Groot of Guardians of The Galaxy.

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February

Way back in the '90s and early '00s, I might have been labeled a nerd.

I watch anime and collect figurines. My Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw -- I'm sure because I've taken both versions of the Pottermore Sorting Hat Quiz. All my imaginary boyfriends are lead actors in Korean dramas. 

Back before geek culture became de rigueur, people like me were weird. Now, we're just considered fans -- and we're driving the economy. #truefacts

Don't believe me? Think about your friends. How many of them have never been to any sort of fan convention? How many of them haven't seen the new Star Wars or Star Trek films? How many of them can't name at least one principle character (aside from the titular hero) in the Harry Potter universe?

I rest my case. 

But just because us fans are legion, doesn't mean we have to be the same. I fangirl my obsessions just about every day without looking like I'm on my way to enter a cosplay contest.

Getting older doesn't mean we have to change our tastes. It just means we don't need those choices validated by others. I fangirl for me.

Here are a few tips to letting your geek flag fly in the working world:

1. Your desk is your temple. Put whatever you want on it. If you're a Disney princess, own that and the figurines that come with it. Your co-workers have work to do, so ogling your desk is not high on the priority list. If they recognize a character and comment, you've made a friend. If they don't recognize anything, most people are too proud to admit what they don't know. You won't be fielding many questions. 

2. Accessories should be subtle. Remember, wearing your fandom is about you, not impressing others. Rather than busting out a pair of Geordi La Forge visor sunglasses for your stroll to lunch, consider slipping a Star Fleet Command lapel pin on your jacket instead. Point made without being obnoxious. 

3. Clever apparel adds a special pride into fandom. When it's appropriate, apparel gives you the chance to scream your fandom from the rooftops. Having a school cape to match your wizarding house is cool but impractical for everyday life. I recently bought a T-shirt for the Holyhead Harpies, an all-female team Qudditch club. Repping the Harpies serves the double purpose of showing my Harry Potter allegiance and separating casual fans from diehards as a conversation starter. Bonus: Non-fans will just think you're a soccer nut. 

Now go forth my little nerdlings and celebrate your imaginary heroes! 

Oh, me? I'll just be over here searching for some Yona of the Dawn duster earrings. See you at the cons!

[Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:15pm]

    

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