NERD of the MONTH Karen Sakai

Do you have a mini bio about yourself? 
My name is Karen Sakai. I’m a part-time model & cosplayer. I’m also a co-host on the world famous podcast, Alpha Nerds. My real job is a primatologist/anthropologist. I study the culture of pongids (the great apes) & I have communicated via ASL with chimpanzees. The facility was shut down because many people thought it was unethical to take an endangered species and cross-foster them with a entirely different species (us). For now, I am just decoding data from past communication as a post-bach and I’m working toward either becoming a Naval officer or a Ph.D student in primatology.1521672_746341178727976_1868449052_n

I see you were a Military Police in the Navy.  What is the craziest story you could tell us?
I remember when a captain (O6) was high off heroine and beat a young sailor with a Mag light until she passed out. I also saw much trafficking in the USA. Human organs were used in the black market for surgery as well as consumption. That was quite odd to see.1901400_781303138565113_621993396_n
What is your weapon of choice?
If this is referring to the Navy, I really enjoyed using the M-16 rifle. 
Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m half Caucasian (Irish, German) and half Japanese. I have D34 implants, and a white girl booty (haha). I’m highly educated, but I also have a great sense of humor. I hope to become successful in modeling and I hope to be discovered and make that a career. I know many famous models will get cocky in the long run & lose their kind personalities, but I know for a fact that no matter how popular I get, I want my fans to know that I’m approachable and friendly. I want to be be a leader that not all models are full of themselves and that they know their popularity relies on their fans. At this point, I have very low-self esteem due to being bullied and segregated in the past (mainly for being a “Eurasian”) and hearing wonderful compliments really help me. So I guess I want to thank each & every person for helping me with my confidence. 603650_781147081914052_2071377552_n
Tell us about your website? ?
I have a few websites such as my Facebook fan page, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch.TV, Miss Playboy Social, and I currently just applied to be on Suicide Girls and Model Mayhem. I do have a site where people can buy my photos which is karensakai.storenvy.com. I hope to earn some income there so I can improve my cosplaying/modeling and develop a wonderful portfolio. Like I mentioned, my popularity depends on my fans and that means I need happy fans!! (:1958441_780723391956421_1587701327_n

How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?

Funny story! I was always into cosplaying but when I started to do it which was around the end of 1999-2000, females that were into nerdy/geeky/game-like stuff was not acceptable. I was bullied and picked on for being a “tom-boy” and being a nerd. Because of that, it shut me down to want to cosplay and I also kept my love of comics, games, table-top games, larping, a secret. Now that every other female is into that, I feel like it’s safe to start back up. Sadly, I feel like I started to late and although I might have been one of the first American females to be into cosplaying, I let the bullying and self-deappreciation get to me.
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What inspires you when you choose characters?
I always had a heart for characters that were under appreciated it. I feel like those characters represented myself growing up. My first cosplay was Weevil Underwood (Insector Haga) from Yu-Gi-Oh! He was sassy, confident, & under appreciated, thus, I felt a close connection to him. Another character that I really liked is Malon from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She was a innocent girl that loved animals which is something I love as well: animals. I couldn’t not cosplay as Malon because I did not have the resources nor knowledge or money to create her outfit and style. I hope to on day cosplay as her and even use live horses as a prop.1964987_777764058919021_1225821946_n
Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
I like all three, but my favorite would have to be Marvel. Probably because I was exposed to Marvel the most. I really liked the character Wolverine because he had lots of self-confidence as well as a love for Japan. He even had children that were half Japanese, again, something that related to me. (:
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I hope to become more popular with the modeling/cosplaying thing. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably be in school working on my thesis for my Ph.D. That, or a Naval officer. Ha ha.
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What do you do to inspire yourself?
Things that inspire me are my pets, video games, comics, and friends. Oh and of course the podcast. I meet great folks from guests on the podcasts and when I add them on their personal Facebook, I realize what nice people they are. They give me tips on better cosplay as well as motivation to keep up my modeling.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy everyday girly things like shopping, makeup, reading comic books and past anthropological works or ethnographies. I also enjoy gardening and cooking. What I recently discovered is yoga & pilates!! It’s so much fun and relaxing and it’s great for your body!!!
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What kind of music do you like?
I like all music. But my favorite would have to be power metal and R&B.
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What kind of nerd are you?
I like everything. But my favorite “nerdy” thing is video games.
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Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Since I’m new and not really “out there” I’m just promoting my Store Envy site so fans can purchase some photos. That will bring in some income which will help me purchase more outfits and what not. I have a Amazon wishlist, but no one has gotten me anything yet, ha ha.
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What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
I used to larp Warcraft when I was in elementary school. It felt really great. During that time, I lived in an abusive broken home, but larping was a way for me to be someone else, someone that I wanted to be, either a prince or a princess *cough cough Arthas Menethil / Princess Zelda*
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Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
I wish, but I’m not that popular yet.
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What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
The craziest gift I ever received was a donation of 50$. The guy didn’t even know me & was watching me play League of Legends and I received an e-mail saying he donated 50 bucks to me. I tried hard not to cry because I was streaming live, but I did tear and ruin some of my makeup. Ha ha.
What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
The hottest costume I ever wore was my birthday suit!!!
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Favorite food?
My favorite food is Thai!!
Next is Japanese food, because that’s comfort food for me. (=
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Favorite Movies?
My favorite movies are chick flicks haha. I really enjoyed Jurassic Park (not a chick flick, LOL), the Notebook, & Sleepy Hallow. Ha ha. Oh and of course all Disney movies. =p
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Favorite Video Games?
Hands down, all Zelda games and all Harvest Moons. But anything that’s an RPG I love.
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Give me the links to the following.
Probably my Store Envy : http://www.karensakai.storenvy.com
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Any final thoughts or words?

Yes, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer these questions. I feel honored & warm-hearted that you gave me this chance to get myself out there. People like you give models the chance to get themselves noticed and without people like you, I would be no where. Thank you once again. Or should I say, どもありがとうございます。本当にありがとう。
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Thanks a million
No, thank YOU for giving me the chance to answer these. I hope I answered everything correctly, & please let me know if you need anything else,
 
Karen Sakai
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