San Diego Comic Con is finally here. What does that mean for those of us who don’t attend or care about breaking nerd news? First, the Con provides the internet with thousands of new incredibly sexy cosplay photos. Second, … ugh… sorry, I was distracted by a girl dressed as a half-naked Wilma Flintstone and forgot my next point.
It doesn’t matter. The real point is we’ll all be drowning in new cosplay photos soon and you should know something about the girls behind the costumes. Many of them are more intriguing than you’d think.
Curry, while dressed as Catwoman at last year’s SDCC, beat the crap out of a guy with the hilt of her bullwhip after he stuck his finger in the butt-crack of a fellow cosplayer. And that’s just the latest fun fact from her career, which includes winning the first season of America’s Next Top Model, marrying (and divorcing) Peter Brady from The Brady Bunch, and riding a Sybian on The Howard Stern Show.
Nigri parlayed cosplay fame into a successful voiceover and vlogging career. Nigri has become the cosplay Jenna Marbles with nearly 700k followers (500k more than the next closest coplayer) and voices characters in two popular anime series, RWBY and Super Sonico.
Yaya Han is the first cosplayer to be invited to a convention as a Guest of Honor. Before 2001, it was unheard of for a fan to receive the same appearance contract and compensation as professionals in the anime and entertainment industry.
Chloe Dykstra has a very famous father. No, not troubled baseball legend Lenny Dystra. It’s John Dykstra, the special effects legend who created the original light sabers for Star Wars, among many other accomplishments including three Academy Awards. Chloe has become internet-famous in her own right: hosting Just Cos for Nerdist, formerly dating nerd-superstar Chris Hardwick, and having topless photos of her leaked during The Fappening.
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Anna Faith’s crazy likeness to Frozen character Elsa jumpstarted her modeling career from nothing to 684k Instagram followers. Before that, she was just a cute high school girl trying to figure out how to break into the biz. Go ahead and follow her because she doesn’t just post Disney princess photos. There are also plenty of her in bikinis, which must confuse the children but will enchant your pants.
Alodia Gosiengfiao has endorsement deals in the Philippines with both Canon cameras and a skin lightening soap. That sentence leads to so many questions. Well, Alodia is the most popular cosplayer in the world, with over 5m followers on Facebook. Just like tanning is popular in the US, skin lightening is popular in many Asian countries. Skin whitening products are commonplace enough over there that it’s not weird for a person to endorse one as well a major camera brand.
Marie-Claude’s large fake breasts helped her land her first modeling gig for a French fries company. Canadian restaurant chain, New York Fries, ran the campaign “Real Fries In A Fake World” with her enhanced boobs prominently displayed. Since Bourbonnais is French-Canadian, she’s not uptight about showing off her chest and you can stumble across many topless photos of her. Hello, Google….
Myrtle Sarrosa is not only one of the Philippines most popular cosplayers, she’s also a basketball sideline reporter. Doris Burke showing up as Supergirl would stun NBA fans (and not in a good way). However, the Philippines seem to treat cosplay and basketball with equal fervor, so it’s not weird to them.
Stella Chu combines cosplay and burlesque, dubbing herself “The Anime Princess of Burlesque.” This totally makes sense. Both cosplay and burlesque are about fantasy. What child of the ’90s wouldn’t be aroused by the three-breasted prostitute from Total Recall seductively dancing on stage? You don’t have to admit it out loud, but you know it’s true.
Spiral Cats are the world’s foremost supergroup of cosplayers. Hailing from a land where cosplay are rock stars, South Korea, it makes sense they’d combine their powers like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or Velvet Revolver, or even Black Hippy.