I was asked to be a part of this Lion King cast by a group of Master-level cosplayers who I knew (but never had the pleasure of cosplaying with before), as a replacement for one of their friends who couldn't make it to the con. The objective was to make traditional african-inspired Lion King gijinka designs, and make them out of as many recycled materials as possible. This was such a crazy and enticing idea that I agreed to it right away and I started working on the quirky meerkat less than a month before the convention. My sash was made out of a table runner. And my hair was a work of love from talented hairstylists in the group..., not a wig!