Most of us only dress up in costumes for Halloween, but cosplayers do it all year around, investing time and money to create the perfect costumes and accessories so they can perfectly match their favorite characters. If you’re new to the world of cosplay and feel intimidated and in need of inspiration, here are five cosplayers to follow on Instagram to get you started.
daxclamation: You may recognize Dax Exclamationpoint as a competitor on season eight of Rupaul’s Drag Race (she arrived in cosplay as Storm from X-Men). While she did not win that season, she has kept up an active Instagram account where she cosplays as everyone from Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Wonder Woman. With her nerdy knowledge and love of makeup, Dax is the perfect bridge between the worlds of fandom and fierceness.
micaburton: Mica Burton is a relatively well-known member of the production company Rooster Teeth, and she works as an actress, voice actress, and podcast host. She’s also a pretty great cosplayer, and shows up at conventions dressed in a variety of characters (many from anime) including Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon, Toujou Nozomi from Love Live!, and Va from Overwatch.
kieraplease: At just 21, Keira Please has already been written up in The Huffington Post, Seventeen, and Marie Claire for both her incredible style (she’s been noticed for her outfits at the Afropunk festival in Brooklyn, her multitudes of hair colors, and her beautiful flower afro) as well as her numerous cosplays. She’s dressed up as everyone from Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service, Numbah 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door, and Audrey Ramirez from Atlantis.
Artemis Faye aka ghettodragon
ghettodragon: Artemis Faye first gained attention in 2015 when she posted a few selfies on her Tumblr and people quickly noticed her uncanny resemblance to Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. Since then she’s been working steadily mostly as a model, displaying styles of fairies and warriors, but she’s also been posting her cosplay and making appearances at various conventions.
_dpiddy: Most cosplayers tend to stick to pictures and photoshoots and focus on looking the part. That’s what sets D Piddy apart. While his main muse Deadpool means that you can’t tell him apart under his mask from other cosplayers, his hilarious antics around cons show he’s also an actor. You might have seen one of the viral videos of him running around interacting with other cosplayers on his YouTube channel.