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Queens of Cosplay

Today we welcome some of the hottest cosplay women in the world to The Published Draft.

Queens of Cosplay

The art of cosplay, or costume play, has come a long way since the term was first officially coined back in the mid-80s. Since then thousands of super fans and fantasy world enthusiasts have found ways to raise the bar higher and higher by creating the most epic, accurate, and creative cosplay designs. And let’s face it, leading the way in this realm of insanely talented fandom are the all-powerful female cosplayers of the world.

Cosplayer and makeup artist, Helen Stifler has her Black Widow look down to a T. Every last strand of hair seemed to have been thought out before snapping this photo and that no-nonsense glare looks almost identical to Scarlett Johansson’s character. For those that don’t know, Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanova is a highly trained former KGB assassin and a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins the ranks of the Avengers.

Cosplayer, Babs Butcher was not fooling around when she put together this Wasp cosplay look. With those wings, helmet, and suit of armor, she could easily be confused for the real thing. Not to mention the fact that she bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Evangeline Lily.

Moscow based model, cosplayer, and CG-artist Xenia Shelkovskaya has us seeing double with her Queen Margaery costume. From the hair, accentuated cheekbones, sultry gaze, and pouted lips, we would easily confuse Shelkovskaya for actress Natalie Dormer who played Margaery Tyrell in the Game of Thrones series.

This Cali-based cosplayer is on fire in her Dark Phoenix cosplay. With the help of some impressive graphics, she even has the flames in hand to go with the fiery red locks, glowing eyes, and trademark X-men uniform. This was just one of a series of X-men costumes that she featured on her Instagram page.

Kiev-based cosplay enthusiast admits that she is “obsessed with Lara Croft.” And after one look at her Instagram page you will see this admission with your very own eyes. This girl lives, breathes, and becomes Lara with a range of impressive costumes and photoshoots that aim to emulate and honor the fearless Tomb Raider.

Norwegian cosplayer and owner of Starbit Creations, Ida has the unique ability to transform herself into a wide range of characters. From Disney Princesses to video game avatars, this girl can do it all. We were especially awed by her transformation into the Mother of Dragons, aka Daenerys.

Texas-based cosplayer Rebecca Seals describes herself as a “glorified chameleon.” And we can definitely see what she means. With her makeup and costume skills, Seals takes on a plethora of different characters, the majority of which perfectly utilizes her gorgeous red locks.

This cosplayer is all about the DC Universe and she absolutely nails it every time she creates a new and expertly put together design. From the Joker and Harley Quinn to Mera and Wonder Woman, there is no villain or superhero this super cosplayer can’t transform into.

If we didn’t know any better we would think that this cosplayer was actually featured in a major motion picture. Her Batgirl costume looks as professional as they come. And while she has mastered many other characters, this look is by far our favorite.

Southern California cosplayer Sarah Ingle usually likes to dress up as “your friendly neighborhood Disney Princess,” as she puts it on her Instagram page. With her natural big blue eyes and infectious smile, its no wonder she’s able to take on the form of any Disney Princess. But that doesn’t mean she can’t handle darker characters as well.

Can you point out which one is the cosplayer and which one is from the feature film? Not that easy right? That’s thanks to the mad skills of cosplayer Joanie Brosas who is as talented as she is drop-dead gorgeous. But don’t take our word for it. Her Rey cosplay speaks for itself.

Costa Rican native and resident of Los Angeles, Angela Bermúdez is another talented cosplayer whose projects speak volumes for themselves. By using her artistic skills from her years as a painter, Bermúdez has proven she can transform herself into just about anybody.

Arizona based cosplayer, Sarah Huff went beyond costume, hair, and makeup to perfect this cosplay look. She completely transformed into elf form in order to better emulate Princess Zelda, an imperative character in The Legend of Zelda video game series.

With a name like Jeannie, it seems it was this cosplayer’s birthright to dress up as Barbara Eden from her role in the beloved show I Dream of Jeannie. And after seeing the pink ensemble that she put together, we are confident that Eden herself would be proud.

One of many cosplayers’ favorite characters to emulate is DC’s Harley Quinn. No matter what convention you might attend, you will be sure to spot a few Harleys strutting their stuff. Few, however, have nailed her look from the 2020 film Birds of Prey quite as well as this cosplay and props artist.

Feeling nostalgic? Here’s a throwback for you. Who can forget this smash-hit 90s television series Xena: Warrior Princess? Certainly not cosplayer Irine Meier, who seems to have remembered every detail for the Grecian warrior to a T.

Sometimes all you need to nail your cosplay look is a good quality bodysuit. And if you don’t believe us, just take one look at this cosplayer that has taken her gender-bent cosplayer to whole new levels of style. All thanks to her wow-worthy bodysuit designed by fellow cosplayer, Brandon Gilbert.

Bringing us back to the DC Universe is this gorgeous and talented cosplayer who is knocking us out with her Starfire costume. Her cosplay looks almost identical to Starfire circa 2017 when she appears in DC’s Super-Sons. However, she does not limit her skills to just DC. On the contrary, her amazing cosplay creations cover a wide range of sci-fi and fantasy universes from Disney to Marvel to anime and more.

Serving us all that green-skinned realness is the equally talented and beautiful cosplayer, Caitlin Christine showing off her Gamora cosplay. We can’t seem to look away from Christine’s endless list of cosplay creations as she somehow makes every character resonate with a touch of gorgeous glamour. Not to mention the impressive graphics that complement her picture-perfect ensembles seen on her IG account.

Cosplayer Alyson Tabbitha describes herself on her Instagram page as “Just a girl that likes to play dress up and make things.” But after one look at her insanely detailed and accurate works of art, you will realize that she does way more than just playing dress-up. All of her creations look nearly identical to the real thing. From the clothes to the hair, to the makeup, her looks are some of the best we’ve seen so far.

Instead of just any Mystique cosplay, which is impressive in itself, cosplayer Evy Thomas decided to take her costume to the next level by referencing one very specific scene in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, that’s a whole new level of skills. In the scene, Mystique is disguised as a soldier in the U.S. Army before shedding her disguise and returning to her natural form.

Cosplayer, fashion designer and owner of Koala Art Design, Jamie Koala says many had urged her to make a Captain Marvel suit before she took on the challenge. And boy did she live up to it. The end result turned out to look almost identical to the suit used in the Marvel cinematic universe. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Koala even hand-painted the suit, a task that took her seven hours to complete.

For Brigitte Goudz, Wonder Woman is not just about cosplay, it is a way of life. This girl is a real-life Wonder Woman with superhuman strength made only possible by her hours of dedication in the gym. As a bodybuilder, Goudz knows what it takes to find your inner strength and work hard on yourself in order to be your very own superhero.

Cosplayer Eugenia Mashina never turns away an opportunity to create some stunning cosplay attire. This girl has some insane skills when it comes to designing quality corsets and costumes. And not just for herself. She also sells her creations on her very own Etsy shop, Nia’s Handmade Stuff.

Cosplay artist, model, and comic enthusiast, Kaycee, went all out with her rendition of Marvel’s Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff. From hair to face to clothes, and even to superpowers, she has made herself into a replica that’s indistinguishable from the real character.

The self-described comic book nerd from the Midwest is well known in the cosplay universe. We love her as Harley Quinn and Laura Craft. Did you know that, although most of her cosplays are redheads, she actually is not one in real life? From the makeup, outfits, and facial expressions, we see why she is so popular, especially here with her cosplaying as Cheetah Minerva, the archenemy of superhero Wonder Woman.

Artist and cosplayer Lisa Mancini is known by her fans as that “Mermaid Squirrel Girl.” Turns out she has earned that title for a few reasons. For one, she owns an adorable pet squirrel. Secondly, she is the proud owner of her Etsy store, Mermaid Merch Co. In addition, as part of her wide range of gorgeous cosplay ensembles, she also has a notable Squirrel Girl cosplay as well as several looks as Ariel, our favorite being “Warrior Ariel.”

This cosplayer has an amazing knack for transforming herself into literally any Disney princess. She’s found such a passion for it that she even started her own casual cosplay clothing line called Royal Coven, which is primarily Disney focused.

Australian cosplayer, dancer and self described “geek,” Kim Kine is another cosplay diva to look out for. Although she only opened her Instagram account showing off her creations just this past May, something tells us she is going to keep them coming. In addition to her amazing cosplay, Kim also offers wellness tips and what she calls “posture hacks.”

The Copenhagen-based makeup artist and cosplayer is all about playing up features and creating unbelievable looks with her insane makeup skills. When she’s not applying those skills to her cosplay creations, she’s doing wedding hair and makeup for brides. Here she’s taken on the form of Enchantress from the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game, Dota 2.

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