Of all the well-known cosplayers in North America, none is more popular or famous than YaYa Han. Based out of Atlanta Georgia, Han is one of the most successful cosplay artists in the world. She has built an entire business around the art of cosplay and costume making, and is also a sought after model and panel judge.
Her success has not been without criticism, though.
Some of the criticisms accuse her of not making her own costumes and being a diva. One documentary attempted to portray her, and fellow copsplayer Jessica Nigri, as being at odds with one another. The two are, in fact, friends, and Nigri reportedly left the filming due to the producers attempt to create a non existent friction.
Equally untrue are the claims that Han does not make her own costumes. This is dismissed with the statement that appears on the title page of her personal website, “Yaya has made a myriad of costumes in the genres of anime, manga, video games, sci-fi, comic books and of course from her own original designs.”
Whether or not you believe anything that her critics say, the one thing that remains completely undeniable is that Han is a brilliant cosplayer whose costumes and characters are loved by over 1.5 million fans around the world.
John Goodale is the author of ‘Johnny Gora’ (available through Amazon.com), and a number of articles here on TMRZoo.com. His monthly column ‘Indy Comics Spotlight’ appears here and through his blog Indy Comics Spotlight