How to Cosplay As Jessi from the Baby Sitters Club

Jessi is an overlooked member of the club. She is one of the junior officers (the other being Mallory). This is how to cosplay as her!

Steps

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    If you are light-skinned, put on dark-colored facial makeup. Jessi is of African-American descent. Also, dye your hair black if it isn't already.
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    Put your hair up in a bun or ponytail. Jessi wears her hair these ways when she is dancing.
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    Wear a leotard (preferably black) with jeans, and with or without a low-key T-shirt over it. Since Jessi is a ballerina, she would wear these things routinely. Another option would be to wear a suit and tie similar to what a guy would wear (but NEVER attempt to create a male bulge in this - keep in mind that Jessi is only eleven years old). This option relates to book 75 in the series, where she acts in a play and plays a male teacher from the school.
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    Do stretching exercises! She does these a lot, even at Baby-sitters Club meetings.
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    If wearing the suit and tie, pronounce every R or L sound as if it were a W sound. This is an imitation of what the script for the play in book 75 (see step 3) has Jessi do when playing the teacher.
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    If wearing the leotard and jeans, do not do step 5 above.
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    Dance! This is Jessi's passion.
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    Carry a shoebox marked "Kid-Kit." This box should contain an eight-color Crayola crayon box, a pad of drawing paper, a number of masculine toys (but absolutely NO war-related toys), a Barbie doll, and a fake office kit (assemble using real office supplies, or order by mail or online).
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    Do not say the word "sweat." If the person who is sweating is male, use the word "perspire." If the person who is sweating is female, use the word "glow." This comes from book 55 in the series.
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    Pretend to have a pet. In book 22 of the series, Jessi has to sit for a house full of pets. If the pet is a dog, refer to it as Cheryl, Pooh Bear or Jacques. If a cat, refer to it as Powder (if it is white), Ling-Ling, Tom, Crosby, or Rosie. These are the names of the dogs and cats in book 22, in that house full of pets.
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    Play with toy horses. Like Mallory, Jessi is strongly into horses.

Warnings

  • Under no circumstances while cosplaying Jessi should you put war-related toys in your Kid-Kit.

Sources and Citations

  • Martin, Ann M. The Baby-sitters Club series. Volumes 14-131. Starting 1988.

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