25 Cosplayers Of Color To Help You Get Through Missing This Year’s Comic-Con Now That It’s Canceled
Remember when we all used to play dress up as a kid? Well, guess what: there are people out there who still do it … and they take it to the next level. We’re talking professional, amigos. And let’s face it, with the rise in popularity for Marvel and DC superheros, who wouldn’t want to feel and look superhuman for a day? One of the best things about cosplay is the fact that you can interpret characters whichever way you want. It’s one way that Latinos can reshape representation in an industry that capitalizes on whiteness.
So for all you babes out there who are keen to see Latino and black cosplaying in action: look no further! We’ve put together a list of 25 black and Latino cosplayers for you to thirst over.
1. Soni Aralynn
Probably one of the coolest things about Soni Aralynn is the fact that not only does she wear her cosplay with perfection, she also makes some of the outfits herself! This lovely Latina is a jack-of-all-trades, performing as an actress, influencer, and gamer on top of her cosplays.
2. Rosy Durán
Rosy Durán is one epic abuela. Her claim to fame is stellar re-creations of the likes of Stan Lee from the Marvel Universe, and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. Although, you should also keep an eye out for her rendition of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother!
3. La Latina Otaku Cosplay
Remember playing Crash Bandicoot as a kid? Because Carmen sure as hell does. She pulls off an amazing Coco, Crash’s sister. This New Englander Latina is prolific, with cosplays such as Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura, and Cid from Final Fantasy XV to her name.
Not only is Toxicfoxx a Latina cosplayer, but she is also a real advocate for more visibility around Latino cosplayers! She currently runs the Tumblr ‘Cosplaying While Latino’, which aggregates content from her fellow Latino cosplayers.
5. Candu Stark
It doesn’t get much cooler than doing a Captain Marvel cosplay right now! Check out Candu Stark’s rendition of a gender-bent Pennywise if you want to see what her other work is like.
Leira’s talent knows no bounds when it comes to Disney cosplay! Her work hits right in the feels for us ‘90s kids out there. Think along the lines of Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Roxanne from A Goofy Movie, LaCienega Boulevardez from the Proud Family, Kairi from Kingdom Hearts, and even a gender-bent Spiderman!
7. Ivy Doomkitty
Ivy is one talented cosplayer. Not only is she killing it internationally on the scene, she commands a formidable resume of gamer, content creator, pinup model and body positive advocate. Her work is a real nostalgia kick for all kinds of nerds out there – here we have a kickass Chell from the Portal series!
8. Nadya Sonika
A self-described cosplay maniac, streamer, TV host and Gundam pilot, Nadya has got cosplaying down to a fine art. Beyond her Black Widow and Sleeping Beauty re-creations, she has also dressed as the likes of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, Spiderman form the iconic franchise, and Asakusa from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
9. The Princess Lissa
Who says we can’t stan amateur latina cosplayers, too? Lissa has a fabulous portfolio – beyond her Elphaba from Wicked and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, she has also donned Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel from the iconic Disney movie Tangled, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
10. The Latino Joker
Known in his everyday life as Carlos Velarde, the Latino Joker makes for one stellar Joker from Batman, and all-round horror character re-creationist. Let’s just hope we don’t bump into him in a dark alleyway somewhere, because his attention to detail is intense.
11. Victoria Avalor
Hi, hey and hello Supergirl and Wonder Woman! Victoria has one fabulous talent for cosplay, and it shines through her other work – keep an eye out for Elsa from Frozen and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family!
12. Nerdtastic Mel
Mel has done some phenomenal work on the cosplay scene. Chuckie from Rugrats? Check. Nurse Joy from Pokemon? Check.
Cookie has some serious talent when it comes to creating her own outfits. This Maleficent? All home-made. Amazing.
Real talk: does it get much more mind-blowing than stellar cosplays of both Dora Milaje and Domino? Probably not.
We stan a babe who can pull off a cosplay that’s even better than the original – and has the versatility to pull off the badassery of Domino, and a law-abiding know-it-all like Hermione.
16. Chaiho Cosplay
This self-described “kpop trash” pulls off Wednesday Addams like it’s no-one’s business. For those Steven Universe fans out there, she has also cosplayed as one of the all-powerful Diamonds, too.
If Marvel ever needs to find another person to play Gamora, they now know where to look.
Raise your hand if you were a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan in the 90s! No? Well, you’re in luck, fellow anime fans, because there’s a reboot in progress. In the meantime, check out this divine Rei cosplay.
Even though Denetra focuses on fitness for her day job, this cosplay makes us want to get fit. Imagine being so multitalented: having this bod, and pulling off a Goku cosplay like this? You know she has talent when she has her own fanbase making fanart of her timeless Dragon Ball hero interpretation.
We all know that Halle Berry made the best Catwoman – even if her movie of the same name wasn’t the most popular. And it’s even better seeing Michelle channel this.
After seeing this brilliant Poison Ivy cosplay, it’s abundantly clear: we need a Poison Ivy movie, stat.
Time for some LGBTQI representation, with Korra from animated series, The Legend of Korra! Frances is a prolific cosplayer, drawing her inspiration from animation and anime.
The caption says it all: “Storm, Goddess of Thunder and Lightning”. Thor, who? Mapetitecosplay has badass down pat – think along the lines of Wonder Woman from the hit movie, and Yoruichi from Bleach.
Which cosplayer was your favorite of them all? Has this inspired you to try cosplay, or are you already performing on the scene? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of the page!