Cosplay has become a unique part of the comic-con culture around the world. Though it started primarily in Japan and North America, the subculture has now spread far and wide around the world, as the internet lessens the gap between communities. With the popularity of TV series like the Big Bang Theory and the mega-series like the Game of Thrones or Final Fantasy, everyone wants a piece of the action and Cosplay presents the best possible route to feel closer to the characters and their stories.
Almost every major convention draws hundreds of John Snows and Khaleesis. Not to be outdone, Harry Potter characters, the Marvel and the DC Universe comes out to play.
Some of them have become so good with their characters that they have become mini-celebrities on their own. A few of them have become professional models. Female cosplayers have more following and popularity than their male counterparts.
Here is a list of the most popular cosplayers in the world.
Spiral Cats are one of the biggest exports from South Korea after K-Pop and electronics. The small Asian country has surpassed even the USA in its reputation as the biggest pop destination in the world. Apart from the K-Pop style of singing and dancing, Spiral Cats recreate many mangas and anime characters and are immensely popular in over a dozen countries.
Also known by her stage name Vampy, Linda has been in the cosplay world since the age of 12. Her favourite character is the Psylocke from X-men series and she had donned all the versions of that character. She became very famous after a top Japanese toymaker – Kotobukiya put her pictures in their sales material.
If you thought Cosplay is only about cute and sweet cosplayers, here is Jessica Nigri, an American cosplayer who is famous for her Juliet Starling cosplay character from Lollipop Chainsaw, a horror video game along with a ton of others. She is also a model and voice actresses. She has also become the official spokesperson for Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Lollipop Chainsaw video game series. Her fame has landed her several TV ad spots as a model since 2012.
Jannet Vinogradova is so popular that even animators pay attention to her interpretation of several characters. The Russian cosplayer is known for her sexy representation of Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, the female Goku from the Dragon Ball Z. She is even commissioned by other cosplayers to create their costumes.
Lindsay Elyse is one of those lucky few cosplayers who earn a living by living her dream. She is a full-time cosplayer who has turned her passion into a money maker by modelling, celebrity endorsements and selling her own products. She has a massive following on Instagram and Twitch and is a most sought out cosplayer in all gaming conventions.
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A Philippine-born cosplayer, Alodia is considered to be one of the most influential and sexiest women in her country. She was featured in a documentary film at the San Diego Comic-Con and famous for her anime focussed costumes.