The untold truth of Amouranth

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Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa is not your average streamer. Rather than playing games and winning (or losing) as viewers look on, Amouranth whispers to her audience every evening in her ASMR streams after a full day of dancing, making cosplay, or painting Pokemon in short-shorts and long socks. Amouranth is an example of the new type of Twitch streamer, a pretty face with an ever-increasingly large platform. That platform is namely male, and Amouranth knows it.

She averages around 1,000 viewers at a time, and now has almost 5,000 subscribers as of summer 2018. She started on Twitch making cosplay — stitching and building and sewing on stream — but viewers stayed on for her flirtatious personality and for the stunning final results of the hours of work she puts into her cosplay, NSFW versions of which are hosted on her Patreon. It’s the sexual nature of her work and her streams that have lead some to deride her as a “Twitch thot” and her name remains infamous, but there’s no denying the work she puts into her newfound career as a streamer.

Professional cosplayer extraordinaire

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Cosplay is serious business. At first glance, dressing up as your favorite character might seem like fun and games, but make no mistake: cosplayers put blood, sweat, and tears into building their costumes. There’s needles, hot plastic, sharp metal, and untold hours of time, plus sleepless nights, all to perfect a built-from-scratch costume. Amouranth started her cosplay journey in high school at the age of 16, teaching herself how to fashion together some seriously impressive costumes that eventually got her invited to conventions as a guest, where she would portray characters like Link, complete with Epona.

Her attention to detail and diverse skills (she makes her own chainmail!) were recognized by more than just the cosplay community. She was later employed by the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet in their costuming department while she continued to bring her favorite characters to life at comic conventions and animation expos.

In 2016 she was invited by Twitch to stream the intricate process of her cosplay creation. Since then, her stream has seen her become Lara Croft, Harley Quinn, and Tracer, along with the day-to-day ups-and-downs that come with streaming for 12 hours a day.

Her stream schedule is brutal

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Amouranth is always online. She posts to her Instagram and Twitter, she chats on her Discord with friends and Patreons, and all the while she is streaming it. She’s not to the point of streaming every waking moment, but Amouranth has dedicated 12 hours of each day to streaming to her audience while she hangs out at home.

If this number is ever shortened to the standard work day of eight hours, Amouranth says she feels guilty. “Sometimes I do eight, but then I feel really bad and feel like I have to work. I don’t get a lot of sleep,” she said in an interview with SyFy’s podcast The Fandom Files. Thus, Amouranth is talking with chat almost all day, leading to several streams entitled “lost my voice RIP.”

With a schedule like that, there is very little room for taking time for oneself or family, but that doesn’t stop Amouranth from taking her stream from Just Dance or Just Chatting to IRL: going on errands and walks around her hometown of Houston, all in the name of maintaining the stream schedule that pays the bills.  

She cosplays more than just female characters

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Amouranth may be known for her risque cosplay of curvaceous characters, but arguably some of her best cosplay transcend femininity. Amouranth, as it turns out, can transform herself into one handsome dude.

This was first evident in her enviable Link cosplay, all the softness of her features turning into hard lines and a look of elfish determination. Her Tumblr shows more masculine moments of her becoming the expressive Peter Pan, a roguish Jack Frost, and a Frodo Baggins that would make Elijah Wood do a double take. Overall, she can really pull off elf ears.

Her portfolio hosts some of these looks, but a now-deactivated DeviantArt account once held the whole process of her stitching together each cosplay. We still have glimpses of now-forgotten costumes on her Tumblr: Seto Kaiba complete with Dual Disk, and perhaps most infamously, a “Thug Seme” version of Nagisa Hazuki from the Free! anime parody 50% Off. There’s much more to Amouranth’s cosplay collection than just busty babes and skintight catsuits.

Her Patreon is risque, but making mon-nay

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“Guys, I was banned on Twitch again because my lewds are too good.”

Amouranth has a couple of videos that start this way. She has been banned on Twitch a handful of times allegedly for promoting her Patreon. There’s nothing bannable about promoting a Patreon; however, the content of Amouranth’s Patreon is well beyond the bounds of Twitch’s Community Guidelines. Her Patreon’s title says it best: “Amouranth is creating Sexy Cosplay & NSFW VIDEOS & Naughty ASMR.” Every month, Amouranth hosts “lewd” versions of her cosplay, with various payment tiers gaining more intimate photos and access. $10 a month unlocks “naughty Snapchat” and the incredibly sold out “diamond tier” of $100 a month promises group hangouts.

There are a lot of pictures, cosplay, and ASMR videos going into the Patreon, and much of it is planted firmly under the NSFW tag. Because of the nature of her Patreon, Amouranth is often the target of the critique that she is a glorified camgirl, while others argue that she’s allowed to do what she wants so long as she adheres to Twitch’s rules. Patreon is different.

How much Amouranth is making from her Patreon is unknown, but currently she has 1,167 Patreons. Even if every one of those subscriptions were just in the relatively innocent $1 bronze tier, that still amounts to more than a thousand dollars rolling in each month on top of her Twitch subscribers and donations, so maybe for Amouranth, it’s worth a ban or two to promote.

She’s a business owner

A charmed affair

If you read Amouranth’s biographies on her portfolio and Patreon, she does not identify herself as a Twitch streamer or online personality, instead being first and foremost the owner the Houston-based business A Charmed Affair. According to her portfolio, in 2015 she put her cosplay skills to the test and started her very own character company for children’s entertainment, the kind that parents hire out so that Elsa or Spider-Man will grace their kids’ birthday bash with their presence.

Which is exactly what happened on the TLC show “The Littlest Couple” in it’s Season 10 premiere. Amouranth appeared as the Elsa, who was strictly referred to as “The Snow Queen,” dazzling the princess-obsessed birthday girl. The company has a roster of non-Disney-named Disney princesses like the Polynesian Princess (Moana) or the Arabian Princess (Jasmine), each available at a rate of $175 per hour. Amouranth doesn’t do all the cosplay herself, but is apparently the head of the organization.

She also appears heavily on A Charmed Affair’s sister site, Space City Heroes, which markets action stars like the renowned Bat Hero and Wonderous Woman. Amouranth is front and center as the Light Space Knight Rei. These character listings come at the pricier figure of $200 per hour, but despite the expense, both sites have glowing reviews.

She’s gotten in some IRL trouble

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Amouranth has been accused of taking her stream too far with provocative roleplay and skimpy outfits, and there have been a couple times when she literally took her stream too far: she has been booted from public establishments at least twice for trespassing. Amouranth doesn’t have a whole group of streamers with her, jockeying for chat’s attention, but she nevertheless has managed to cause disruption to the point that management has had to step in and call the police.

Once, in preparation for one of her cosplays, Amouranth was determined to get the perfect hairstyle. The salon she was streaming from tried several times over to met her high expectations, but she was continually disappointed. At that point, Amouranth had been at the salon for nearly ten hours and the stylists were frustrated, but she refused to accept her hair as it was to the extent that the salon had to call the police to escort her out.

Another infamous instance was when she was sporting a pseudo-Captain America cosplay at a gym, doing yoga poses in front of her stream, which was positioned in front of a massive mirror that gave viewers a good look at everyone else. Staff pleaded with her, patient and then exasperated, several times not to film. Amouranth insisted that she wasn’t, not budging from her spot on the ground, but fans had even tracked down the gym’s number and were telling management otherwise. Ranting all the way, Amouranth was kicked out.

The internet mob doxxed her

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That aforementioned infamous Nagisa cosplay was a cornerstone in what would eventually become a conspiracy that the YouTube channel L Of The Day built around Amouranth. Amouranth’s Nagisa cosplay was paired up with another character, Rei, who was portrayed by cosplayer Nickalist. L Of The Day found more and more pictures of the two together, alleging that they had dated. Taking into account that Nick’s Facebook status is set to married, L Of The Day then determined that Amouranth had been “lying” to her fan base about being single.

The internet, as it does, jumped on the rumor, and as it’s wont to do, took things too far. Some fans claimed to feel betrayed, saying that she had manipulated viewers into thinking that they had a chance with her, which Amouranth scoffed at.

“People don’t donate to me because they think it improves their chances with me in some romantic way any more than do people donate to large male streamers because they fantasize about a romantic engagement with Soda, Lirik, or Ninja,” she told the The Fandom Files podcast.

In the wake of this entitled outrage over an allegedly hidden marriage, Amouranth had personal information doxxed. She said that she received seven unsolicited food deliveries and had to call the police when she twice saw strangers snooping around her house at night. In the same statement, she reported that her concurrent viewer count remains unchanged, and she hasn’t stopped streaming, despite being put in physical danger by the internet mob.

She’s been stalked before, but she’s cool with it

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It’s one thing to snap a picture of a cosplayer in public — consider asking permission first, of course — but it’s another situation entirely when a stranger sits at your table and wordlessly records you on their phone. This is what happened to Amouranth, cosplaying as Harley Quinn, at a restaurant.

Amouranth has referenced having stalkers multiple times, once reporting that someone had left their own country only to show up in her suburb. Locking the doors and battening down the hatches, Amouranth continued to stream despite her stalker allegedly asking for her to stop. There’s apparently very little that would stop Amouranth from streaming.

Despite horror stories of fans taking their love of streamers to a whole new, creepy level, people who pop up and follow her in public don’t phase her. In an interview with SyFy Wire, she said that there are several people who have been known to follow her around Houston, offering food and company. She said she didn’t find local stalkers creepy, since they just knew Houston well enough to recognize where she was streaming from. It’s the internet stalkers, like the one who showed up in her suburb, that have caused issues.

ASMRtist and regular artist

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Whatever the public opinion of Amouranth is, there is no denying that she is an artist. An ASMRtist (as the kids are calling it these days) and cosplayer, she has mastered a wide variety of artistic skills for unconventional uses, but she also turns to more traditional mediums from time to time. She has a whole collection of Pokemon paintings that she has painted on stream, showing the entire process of finding reference images, outlining, and then painstakingly brushing in detail.

Amouranth is a variety streamer, art being just one of the many activities she treats her stream to. Once she had amassed an impressive collection of painted Pokemon, some of the canvases unwieldy and huge, she populated her stream’s background with them. She also hosted a subscriber-only art auction in her Discord.

Back before she was a Twitch streaming sensation with multiple sources of revenue, Amouranth was just a cosplayer trying to fund her passion. She didn’t make YouTube videos and Patreon hadn’t been thought of yet, but fabric, chain mail, and plastic molds don’t pay for themselves. Thus, Amouranth took up another hobby to help cover the bills: she sewed plush animals. A particular hit with the fans was a custom-made Epona plush Amourath crafted with care for commission. Now she focuses on cosplay creation and painting, but the little stuffed horse would be a great addition to any future Link cosplays. 

People want to kick her off Twitch

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Amouranth might be one of the most recognized faces on Twitch because of how often other people screenshot her for use in their own thumbnails on YouTube, in fail compilations, and essay videos. The fail videos feature any number of slightly embarrassing or entirely unremarkable moments from Amouranth’s stream, her manner of dress and sexual behavior labeled as a fail. The video essays go on rants to rival TrainwrecksTV’s level of sexism, saying that Amouranth is just a “Twitch thot” because although she is streaming, she’s not streaming games, and therefore isn’t entertaining, which is the point of Twitch.

The beef people have is the idea that Amouranth is manipulating her audience and stealing donations from streamers who actually work for their viewers, dismissing the fact that obvious time and effort go into her stream. One streamer, TheStockGuy, recently jumped on this bandwagon, faking that he had cleavage and claiming to be Amouranth.

“What’s that chick who always does this? Amouranth, or whatever her name is? … I could make millions off of that, baby,” he said. Following this stream, he was banned, leading to wild speculation as to why and a lengthy Reddit thread hating on Amouranth. TheStockGuy’s ban fed into the conspiracy that Twitch staff members favor her and will ban anyone who badmouths her. Other people in the thread (perhaps more reasonably) pointed to the fact that TheStockGuy had previously recorded a prank call, which Twitch has consistently cracked down on.

She rolls with the punches

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Although Amouranth has a team of moderators on chat to make sure that Twitch chat doesn’t do its thing and become a toxic cesspool, the occasional troll makes their way through. She is no stranger to the disparaging way the internet talks about her: calling her a “Twitch thot,” berating her for “manipulating” her viewers for donations. Amouranth brushes it all off with the same nonplussed shrug she gives when talking about the apparent inevitability of stalkers. To her, that’s just what happens when you’re a woman on the internet.

“Welcome to being a female. I’m gonna be objectified even if I’m wearing a shirt up to my collarbone,” she said in an interview with Kotaku. Therefore, Amouranth has thoroughly embraced her role as devilish succubus. She is well aware that her audience isn’t sticking around for her skills at Just Dance, they’re more interested in her skimpy outfits and bouncy … personality. She revels in the fact that a clip of her stream more often than not finds its way onto the Subreddit r/livestreamfails, posted by a user fed up with her antics.

“If I’m feeling really sassy, I can act like I’m super offended and make them think they won. Then they post that clip on Reddit and YouTube and I get more views.” Thus, the haters are only rewarding her for behaving in a way that they perceive as inappropriate. Amouranth knows her brand. It’s one part sex appeal and, depending on the scandal of the moment, two parts outrage.

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