Cosplaying has been around for decades. In more recent years, it’s rocketed to popularity because of reality shows (Heroes of Cosplay, Cosplay Melee) and because more and more cosplayers slowly became household names. Jessica Nigri, Yaya Han, and Ivy Doomkitty have helped transformed cosplay into a legitimate art where intricate design, creativity, and accuracy meld into outfits that fans appreciate.

Many cosplayers making a living professionally using Twitch and Patreon to gain and maintain fans. They compete in cosplay contests or judge them (which are found at most conventions big and small), have licensing deals with major companies, and get invited to the bigger cons because of their ...

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