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Fierce. Regal. Beautiful. No matter how you describe them, cosplaying women of color are powerful forces of nature that command attention for their stunning costumes and the personas they take on. They display their love for their favorite characters right on their faces, and they don’t let anyone stop them. Cosplay is for everyone and these 5 women of color show exactly how well it can be done by lifting their hobby to new heights.
Tisha (Twitter) is a 23 yr old from Los Angeles and has been cosplaying for 7 years. Moana is the cosplay she’s most passionate about and comfortable in, and it shows. She looks like Moana stepped out of the screen and into reality.
Cin Von Quinzel (Twitter) is a self-taught costume maker and curvy alternative model from New York. Her cosplay spans multiple fandoms including sci-fi, cartoons, and comic books. And of course, her modeling is eye-catching and it’s refreshing to see quality content from an alternative body type.
An avid cosplayer with numerous personas, a D&D player and all around badass, Krystina Arielle (Twitter) brings a sense of regality and poise to her cosplay that you rarely see. She embodies the characters she portrays and makes you believe she’s the real deal.
Kay Bear (Twitter) brings levity and fun into her cosplay, whether it be anime, gaming, or comics. But that doesn’t mean she skimps on quality or details. Her cosplay captures the attitude of her characters and makes them instantly recognizable by fans.
Sami Bass (Twitter) is another cosplayer that captures the essence of a character, bringing grace and power or light-hearted playfulness. Some of her costumes can lean towards cheesecake, but that appears intentional, as she can also put down hardcore, detailed and specific styles of iconic characters that can hold their own against any other cosplayer’s talents.
These ladies mean business when it comes to their hobby and passion, and it shows in their work. Cosplaying in for fun, it’s for anyone, and these talented ladies show off the best of what it can be.
Do you have a favorite WOC Cosplayer that wasn’t mentioned here? Or a favorite character by one of these ladies that wasn’t shown? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook!
A hijab, which is often referred to as a headscarf, is worn by Muslim women all over the globe. It is a symbol faith, much like a flag or a banner. In cultures around the world, one can see the beautiful array of this traditional Muslim head dress. Most western eyes, however, don’t understand its purpose, what with their passing frosty glares and all. Some even see it as a sign of oppression, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
To close this transcontinental gap and challenge stereotypes, there is a growing number of Muslim women who are finding creative ways to integrate their modest clothing styles and hijabs into pop culture via Cosplay. The most prominent of which, is Malaysian-based makeup artist Saraswati, known to her Instagram fans as Queen of Luna.
Wearing a hijab may seem to many like an act that confines and stifles creativity, as many obtuse westerners might think. But for women like Saraswati, the fusion of geek fandom with cultural attire are but an opportunity for imagination and incredible transformations.
Saraswati is no stranger to internet fame, having accumulated over 400,000 followers in Instagram. And it’s easy to see why. Saraswati’s colorful hijabs replicate wigs, hoods and hats. Morphing her into princesses, superheroes and anime characters to astonishing effect. Putting the holy in “holy heck”.
Recreating Disney characters since 2013, Saraswati’s 300+ works includes the Little Mermaid, Mulan and Jafar from Aladdin, as well as number of comic book heroes such as Mystique, Dazzler, Bane and more. She has also brought other classic cartoon characters to life, such as Daphne from Scooby Doo, Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Betty Boop.
Oh, balls. Dragon Balls that is. The long running and beloved anime from Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z, has taken a turn for the worst. No… they’re not making a sequel to that horrid adaptation Dragon Ball Evolution. Nothing will ever be THAT bad. But the next best worst thing has occurred. The obligatory porn parody.
After 20 + years, Dragon Ball Z just got a very XXX porn parody, and its (mostly) SFW trailer has hit the interwebz. Seriously, how the heck did Dragon Ball Z just get a Porn Parody? Figured it would’ve happened sooner.
By WoodRocket, the “asylum” of parody porn Dragon Booz Z centers on a gender-swapped version of Goku… well, Gokooze who is played by adult star Brenna Sparks. The Saiyan puts a personal ad on Craigslist asking for hot aliens to come to *cough* shall we say… kamehameha her into oblivion.