Samantha Shepler leads her Zumba class in the Arizona Fur Con in Mesa on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Picture: BrieAnna J. Frank/The Republic)
Those who prefer to liven up in elaborate animal costumes and accept “fursonas” gathered in Mesa this weekend for Arizona Fur Con.
One participant within the furry subculture compared it to putting on a costume for Halloween.
“the folks that sort of notice it as weird, we simply state, ‘Do you really ever wear a costume on Halloween? ‘ We simply do that 24/7, ‘” Samantha Shepler said.
Shepler’s fursona is Shiba, a Shiba Inu breed of canine that the 27-year-old defines as “a small, tough bundle of power. “
While a furry includes those that love to liven up as pets with peoples faculties, in addition includes those that appreciate anthropomorphic pets through art, music as well as other outlets that are creative in line with the event’s site.
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Shepler led a Zumba session in the meeting on at Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa and Mesa Convention Center saturday.
Dressed up in the top and tail of Shiba, a fluffy golden tail, Shepler and much more than a dozen individuals danced through remixed pop tracks from Maroon 5 to Britney Spears. Some had been in costume, some are not.
Shepler as well as others in the meeting state the furry community is usually misinterpreted.
‘It helps a complete great deal of men and women from their box’
Samantha Shepler leads her Zumba class during the Arizona Fur Con in Mesa on Oct. 26, 2019 saturday. (Photo: BrieAnna J. Frank/The Republic)
Shepler is reasonably not used to the furry community; she ended up being introduced to it by her spouse about an ago year. Continue reading “Yearly furry meeting in Mesa mixes art, animal costumes and Zumba”