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Know Your Cosplay Community

Wondering who’s notable in the cosplay community? Here are five women famous for their cosplay skills.

Jessica Nigri

In 2009, Jessica Nigri wore a Pikachu getup to San Diego Comic-Con International. A photo of the costumed beauty went viral, and Nigri has been a cosplay star ever since. Jessica has modeled for Lollipop Chainsaw, Elsword, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Yaya Han

A professional model and costume designer, Yaya Han has been a fixture in cosplay since attending her first convention in 1999. Han has attended over 100 events worldwide, and she also appeared on Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay.

Victoria Schmidt

Victoria Schmidt got into cosplay in high school and became famous for her costumed portrayals of characters from the Star Wars, Star Trek, Disney, DC, and Marvel fandoms. Schmidt is the co-founder of the fashion style blog Set to Stunning and a former Heroes of Cosplay participant.

Ricki LeCotey

Ricki LeCotey hails from Canada, but moved to the United States to pursue a career in costuming. The moved paid off as LeCotey landed work on such films as Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son and X-Men: First Class. Ricki has appeared at conventions worldwide and joined Yaya Han and Victoria Schmidt on Heroes of Cosplay.

Chloe Dykstra

Actress and model Chloe Dykstra has appeared in Spider-Man 2, Drag Me to Hell, and Inappropriate Comedy and is the daughter of a Hollywood special effects guru. Dykstra also starred in Heroes of Cosplay.

As cosplay grows more popular, more celebs are bound to emerge. Who will be next?


How to Find the Best Cosplay Convention

The world of cosplay is constantly expanding. Twenty years ago cosplay may have been seen as a niche thing but now it reigns supreme. What exactly is cosplay, though? Cosplay, an amalgam of the words "COSTUME" and "PLAY", is when a person creates a costume designed after a pop culture character and then they act out that character for fun.

The biggest gathering of these fans occurs at cosplay conventions. While it's true that there are conventions all over the world, some of the best conventions are in the US.

Probably the most famous cosplay convention is Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a convention designed for all of the different comic book, television, anime, and book fandoms to meet together. These are typically attended by celebrities and host the best of the best cosplay characters.

The most famous American cosplay convention is probably the San Diego Comic-Con. Anchored in sunny and warm California, and featuring an already huge populace, this Comic-Con is on the highest tier. Many cosplayers will plan their entire year around their attendance of this event.

If you aren't in California, or don't plan on making the trip, you can always take to the internet to find the best conventions around. A simple search for the right message board can lead an anxious cosplayer to many different events.

In fact, many cosplayers are now going into business for themselves and they are using the internet as their business platform. Checking out websites like: DeviantArt, Reddit, or even through Facebook can lead one to many of the best cosplayers and the conventions that they will be attending.

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