7 Creative Asian Cosplayers to Follow
Post by guest contributor Hayk Saakian.
In recent years, the quality and standards of cosplaying have reached incredible heights. Artists are focusing more and more on bringing characters to life with careful attention to detail, set design, and facial features. They now combine various skills in costume development, makeup, graphic design, modeling, and even acting.
With the rise of Instagram’s popularity in the last few years, more and more Asian cosplayers are displaying their passion for their craft. They capture the attention of dedicated casual and dedicated fans alike amassing influence all over the world. Some even welcome viewers behind-the-scenes and showcase their talent on YouTube.
Among the thousands of cosplayers around, we list the most create Asian cosplayers you can follow.
AniMia started modeling back in 2001 and caught the cosplaying bug in 2008. She is a regular across many conventions in the United States, typically as a judge in cosplay contests. The Asian-American is also a columnist in Otaku USA Magazine. You can also find her hosting PREVIEWSworld channel on YouTube featuring comic books, toys, and more.
Alodia Gosiengfiao is an internationally known cosplayer, model, actress, singer, and presenter. The Filipina discovered cosplaying in an Internet forum called Anime Club at the age of 15. Since then, she joined various competition gaining popularity in 2003. Her creativity and achievements in the community have led to various endorsements both in the Philippines and abroad. She’s now known as a VJ for Animax-Asia. UNO Magazine names her one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines. Alodia was also featured as one of the local FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in 2009, 2010, and 2012. Aside from Instagram, you can find her on YouTube featuring anything and everything geek.
Yaya Han is a Chinese-American cosplayer, costume designer, and model. She is self-taught showcasing her creativity in designing hundreds of costumes from anime, manga, comic books, sci-fi, books, and original designs. Yaya is a regular judge in various conventions in the US. Her popularity and skills led her to be featured in Syfy channel’s Heroes of Cosplay. She also appeared multiple times as a guest judge on the TBS reality
Misa Chiang is a Taiwanese cosplayer who began her career in 2010. Also known as ChiangJiaJu, she has gained popularity all over the world and has been invited as a guest of honor and cosplay judge in various conventions such as Canada Animethon and Comic Fiesta. Misa is known for cosplaying characters from popular light novels, video games, and anime notably League of Legends, Overwatch, Shakugan no Shana, and Nier: Automata. She is also an active YouTuber mostly featuring vlogs for her Chinese fans.
Ely is a famous Taiwanese cosplayer known for her detailed costumes and set design. She shot to fame in the cosplay community when she accurately portrayed Sakuya from the Touhou series. Her intricate looks are complemented with her modeling and acting skills, often featuring a diverse set of characters such as Asuka from the Evangelion series, Gokotai from Touken Ranbu, Yudachi from Kantai Collection, and more. Ely is a popular guest in conventions across Taiwan and Asia such as Ozine Fest, AFAID, and FUNAN.
Reika is a talented cosplayer from Osaka, Japan. She started cosplaying back when she was 18 years old. What makes her unique is her ability to bring male characters to life with a perfect combination of masculinity and beauty. Her costumes are handmade which showcase skills making her popular around the world. Reika is able to transform herself into various male characters using her topnotch makeup skills. A few of her popular cosplays are Genos from One Punch Man, Rei from Free!, and Levi from Attack on Titan.
Stella Chuu is an internationally-known cosplayer from New York. The self-taught artist and entrepreneur started cosplaying back in 2011. Her DIY creations allow her to travel the world in various conventions and events. She also promotes geek culture through various appearances on Cosplay Culture Magazine, Kotaku, Nerdist, CNBC, Mashable, Geek and Sundry, Tech Insider, and more. Stella is also a popular endorser of brands such as RAWR! Burlesque, Soda Pop, and Purple Plum. She is also an avid YouTuber featuring her travel vlogs, cosplay transformations, gadget reviews, and more.
Can’t get enough of these cosplayers? Watch out for more talented artists on conventions and other geeky events. More and more artists are popping up on Instagram featuring their creations and costumes. You can showcase your talent too, and you could be the next cosplaying superstar!
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