By Rebecca Drew
THIS STUNNING US Navy woman spends her free time masquerading as a GIANT HUSKY DOG in a handcrafted FURSUIT to entertain her 23.6K Instagram followers but insists it isn’t a sexual fetish for her.
US Navy aircrew survival equipmentman, Jordan Jones (21) from Henryville, Indiana, USA, first discovered the furry fandom when she was 18 after seeing a group of people dressed in fursuits in public and loved the idea. She soon realised that the suits cost anywhere between £2,330 to £4,000 to buy so put her dream of joining the fandom on hold.
Last year when Jordan was browsing Instagram, she discovered the fursuits again and this time decided she would make her own. She bought all the materials to make her suit for around £300 and spent a month-and-a-half handcrafting it in between work.
Incredible pictures and video show Jordan as her doggy alter-ego, Aurora Bloom, meeting Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise, on the beach and at work in her US Navy uniform.
For Jordan who is currently stationed in California, the best thing about the furry fandom is the positivity and people it has connected her with whilst offering her an escape from her hectic life through being able to portray her character.
Whilst for some, the hobby might be a sexual fetish, Jordan doesn’t partake in this aspect of the fandom, with her husband, Bailey, completely supportive of her pastime.
“I saw a group of fursuiters in public once and I loved them. After that I researched more on where to buy one, and found they are around three to five thousand dollars. Being only 18 at the time I couldn’t afford one and dropped the idea for a few years,” said Jordan.
“Last winter, I came across fursuits on Instagram and from there it started again and it’s when I decided I was going to make my very own.
“I personally spent about $400 on the materials to make my suit, but since I made it myself the cost is much cheaper than if I were to buy it from another suit maker.
“Fursuit making is a very difficult and time-consuming task, since every custom suit is tailored to the persons exact measurements and their custom characters. One like mine will usually run at about three to five thousand dollars.
“Being a furry has honestly changed my life in almost every aspect, definitely for the better. I’ve gotten back into art and my creativity is at its peak.
“I love the people the most. I’ve met so many sweet and caring individuals and made some amazing friends in just the short time I’ve been a part of it. I am grateful for all of my followers that enjoy my content as well. I love bringing new photos to them and spreading positivity.”
The furry fandom is a subculture interested in animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of these attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, speaking, walking on two legs and wearing clothes.
Jordan set up her Instagram account to share her furry adventures and now has 23.6K followers on the social media site.
Her hobby is no secret from her Navy colleagues, with Jordan even dressing up as Aurora for a recent Halloween event to entertain the children.
“My husband isn’t a furry at all but supports me in every aspect of it. Everyone at my work does know about it too. They think it’s cool.
“I’ve actually worn my suit to a Halloween event we had at work to entertain the kids.
“I get all kinds of reactions. Almost always positive. Kids come up to me for high fives, hugs and photos. Even adults ask for pictures with me. Some people are shy as well.
“I’ve yet to have any negative experience with the public yet. Anyone who is hateful towards me I usually ignore, especially online. It just fuels negativity.
“Most people who criticise or try to shame me aren’t fully educated on the fandom. Kill them with kindness.
“The message I’d like to convey is that not all furries are only interested in the sexual fetish side of the fandom.
“This is the stereotypical thought when people think of furries. Just like every community, there are many who partake in the sexual aspect, but many do not.
“There is nothing wrong with being interested in that side of the fandom, and nobody should shame them for this either. It’s just not for me personally.
“Most just enjoy acting like a giant animal and portraying their characters.”
For more information see www.instagram.com/auroraabloom