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Cosplaying is more popular than ever! It's now much more than just picking a costume and dressing up, it is also about understanding the character and giving life to the outfit. Now, many talented women cosplayers hone their cosplaying craft by embodying different personas. There are cosplayers from Korea, American, Japan, and other parts of the world who are experts in entering into the magical world where fans can become their favorite fictional characters. Some transformations are so unbelievable that they look exactly like the characters they're inhabiting. Take a look at the best of the best.
What a time to be alive. This truly remarkable costume was designed around the popular video game Overwatch.
It beautifully highlights the character Mercy Halloween. We're so impressed by the attention to detail that went into this design.
Ginny Di is a singer, YouTuber, and cosplayer who came up with this peasant Cinderella idea. It was her first self-photo shoot as well. She did an outstanding job on everything, from the fabrics to the props, it's totally spot on!
She wrote, "This was my first self-photo shoot - so I made the costume, modeled it, shot the photos (using my camera's timer), and edited them! So yes, that's my awkward pastel outdated kitchen. I'm super proud of how the photos came out and wanted to share!"
Some Game of Thrones fans hate Daenerys Targaryen, while others love her. We will not rub salt into wounds by discussing what happened in the finale, so let's just admire this beautiful lady.
Given how gorgeous this cosplayer looks, can someone call Emilia Clarke and tell her that we have moved on.
Princess Zelda is a highly popular character in The Legend of Zelda, one of the most popular video games of all-time.
This cosplayer turned the character come to life through her interpretation. We hope that she went on to find a matching Link to rescue her!
This cosplay is inspired by the gorgeous, ice-cold queen in Disney's Frozen and we have to admit that the cosplayer perfectly nailed it.
She knew how to capture the personality and essence of Queen Elsa. And if someone doesn't like Queen Elsa, he or she is just JELSA (yeah, we didn't want to use Jealous).
Vanellope von Schweetz
This cosplay design is adorable, right? It is based on the lead female character in Disney's Wreck-It-Ralph.
We love it, but we think she is missing her best friend Wreck-It-Ralph in this photo. Maybe he was invited for the photoshoot, but he wrecked the entire set.
When you want to transform into a popular fictional character, there is no one better than the Tomb Raider herself.
Although Angelina Jolie was exceptionally good at playing Lara Croft's character, this cosplayer perfectly nailed it with an expertly crafted design and costume
As mystery and attitude are the essences of Wednesday Addams, this cosplay carefully captured both qualities.
Charles Addams, who created this fictional character, would definitely approve of this cosplayer's effort.
Rey is one of the leading ladies of Star Wars. The uncanny resemblance to the character is cosplay perfection.
Be it the scenery, costume or the props, everything is adding authenticity that all cosplays must possess.
Attitude plays a pivotal role in helping a person become a successful cosplayer. This cosplay is all about attitude.
This cosplayer's transformation to Misty, one of the lead characters in the anime classic Pokemon, is complemented with a confident posture. She knows what she is doing and we love it.
People often ask why the character's name is Jessica Rabbit. They should know that it is due to the red HARE. But let's leave puns aside and focus on this fantastic costume.
What really brings this cosplay together is the attention to detail to recreate fantasy elements in real life. The cosplayer herself is stunning as well.
Catwoman (Selina Kyle) is a fictional character that appears commonly in association with Batman, but this time, no one is missing Bruce Wayne at all.
This spot-on Catwoman costume shows that sometimes less is more. And no one is complaining here because this DC Comics superheroine cosplay is spot-on.
This female version of Data from Star Trek is truly out of this world. We showed you how she pulled off Rey cosplay and this time she took the game to the next level.
Cosplay is more than just putting on a costume and this cosplayer has shown us how to achieve perfection with intricate detail in makeup, hair, and accessories.
Cassie Cage is a powerful and headstrong female character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. She was introduced in Mortal Kombat X. She is the daughter of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.
This cosplayer perfectly captured Cassie's fierceness without over trying anything.
(Ms.) Captain America
There are many things to love about this cosplay but one thing that stands out is that it was made to challenge traditional ideas and break barriers. When you decide to take a fantasy into reality, you get the freedom to do anything.
That's why we loved this female cosplayer's take on the classic Captain America character. She is showing us a glimpse of how Ms. Captain America would look like. Marvel, are you taking notes?
Wonder Woman is a powerful and important character. We cannot deny the cultural impact surrounding her and the movies staring Gal Gadot. So, it becomes challenging to pull off the cosplay of such a powerful character.
This cosplayer perfectly captured the character with an extremely important ingredient – sheer attitude.
Princess Jasmine is one of the prettiest Disney princesses. She is a powerful female character and how can we forget her dialogue: "I am not a prize to be won!" So, this cosplayer took the popular Princess Jasmine cosplay to a whole new world (pun intended, of course).
It looks like this Disney princess jumped out of the screen and into reality through this amazing cosplay.
Ah, the love interest of the Joker! For a second, we thought it was Margot Robbie. We have respect for the cosplayer for such fantastic work.
Harley Quinn is a silly, fun-loving, and adorable character. As a well-known super villain from DC, she has gained a new generation of fans after the release of movies Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey.
Oh boy, this is something truly special. She could have gone with other popular cosplay choices, but she went for an eclectic option.
It is an expertly coordinated creation that came to life through imagery, art, and dedication to looking unique.
Lena Oxton (aka Tracer) is one of the most recognizable Overwatch characters. In her comic debut, she is revealed to be a lesbian, a move that players and media outlets positively received.
Although she has different looks throughout the popular video game, the cosplayer decided to go with the most popular interpretation. A good decision, you beautiful woman!
DC heroine and Atlantean Queen Mera is an excellent choice for cosplayers. Embodying Mera, the Queen of the Sea, requires a lot of creativity. This cosplayer perfectly nailed it!
The character was originally introduced in DC's Aquaman comic and has become her own leading lady over the years.
The cartoon character that got a start on Disney Channel is now cute, awesome live-action.
Some people might say it is not POSSIBLE to pull off perfect Kim Possible cosplay, but this cosplayer was like, "hold my beer."
Raven, daughter of Trigon and Grella, is one of the most powerful entities in DC comics. Although she usually tries to suppress her immense power, she occasionally loses control.
None of us is Raven, and we have lost control after seeing such an amazing cosplay. The cosplayer probably spent days designing the costume of such a fierce and powerful character.
Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez created Spider-Woman. Although she is one of the newest superheroines to grace Marvel, she is by no means a rookie.
We really love how this cosplayer pulled it off. It may not be as challenging as other cosplays, but it is surely pretty awesome.
Korra is the lead character in Nickelodeon's animated television series The Legend of Korra. She is responsible for maintaining harmony and peace in the world.
The cosplayer knew that it requires lots of attitude and courage to get the role of Korra just right. With such innocence on her face, we bet she can resolve many issues of our world.
Cammy White (aka Cammy and Killer Bee) first appeared in the fighting game titled Super Street Fighter II that was released in 1993. She is one of the most audacious characters in Street Fighter.
This cosplayer can kill you with her looks. Our advice to everyone should be to never get on her bad side.
You'll remember Link as the lead in the highly popular game The Legend of Zelda.
We love this interpretation because the talented cosplayer incorporated a popular cosplay concept called 'steampunk,' in which characters are reimagined as historical, industrialized people.
Princess Peach is one of the most identifiable video game characters of all time. Remember how the princess and ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom kept on getting kidnapped in the Mario game?
Now that we have seen how the princess would look like in real life, we can understand why she kept getting kidnapped.
Merida is a brave, bold, stubborn, daring, rebellious, and headstrong princess of DunBroch. The red-headed beauty is pretty good with a bow and arrow as well, so don't ever mess with her.
The princess also proved that girls don't need to be rescued, as boys aren't the only ones who can defeat the bad guys.
As a fictional supervillainess, Enchantress is a powerful sorceress. But it doesn't mean that supervillains are not the right fit for cosplays, right?
As Enchantress had a "godly" status in the world, she developed a God-complex with powers such as mystical manipulation, possession, telepathy, teleportation, and many others. The cosplayer did a really fine job of representing the ancient and inter-dimensional mystical being.
In the video game series Portal, Chell plays the role of the female protagonist. She is a young woman in her early or mid-20's. According to her psychological profile, she is "abnormally stubborn" and never gives up no matter what happens.
Some believe that she is mute because her character remains silent and never utters a single word. However, what she lacks in words, she makes up for in attitude.
Princess Mononoke is a hit feature-length animated film that is considered one of director Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces.
The cosplayer deserves a huge round of applause for reenacting one of the boldest and bravest characters. The entire creation is amazing as it is a near-exact replica of the original princess.
Mulan is one of the strongest female characters that often win battles by using her mind, not her muscle. She is a unique heroine who is determined, brave, intelligent, and a little unconventional.
This cosplayer used props and setting to bring the Mulan cosplay to near expert level. As Mulan is a unique character to play, cosplayers can be creative with it.
Just like lightning doesn’t strike twice, you won't be able to see a better cosplay of Claire Farron (aka Lightning) from the Final Fantasy video game series.
She is a daring female protagonist in the game series and her cosplay is as powerful as her. You have to admit that the cosplay tricked you into thinking it was the real character. Great job!
What's not to love about Rapunzel? She has great hair, impressive frying pan skills, and a beautiful singing voice. And she also has the cutest sidekick ever in the form of Pascal the chameleon.
We also love this contemporary spin on a classic Disney princess. And her long hair is real, which makes this cosplay even more amazing.
Ziggs is a male character from League of Legends with a love of big bombs and short fuses. He is an explosive force of nature. Although many male cosplayers have recreated the character, it is not often that a female cosplayer takes on the challenge.
That's why this cosplay is so special. It is totally feminine and 200 times more extraordinary than anything we have seen.
Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) is a fictional superheroine who is also one of the world's foremost martial artists. Daughter of Dinah Drake and Detective Quentin Lance, she is a kick-ass crime-fighting woman.
As one of DC's first female superheroines, we find this interpretation so inspiring as it effortlessly brings the superheroine to life like never before.
Sith Lords (aka Lords of the Sith) are the main antagonists of many Star Wars franchise works. Although men traditionally portray this cosplay, we love the dark vibe of this female version.
This Star Wars beauty knew how to bring out all the attitude from her dark side. She is showing just as much determination and strength as any male counterpart.
Jinx is also known as the "loose cannon" in League of Legends for good reasons. After all, she is an impulsive and manic criminal from Zaun who lives to wreak havoc without any care for the consequences.
We love this creative and contemporary interpretation of Jinx with a stunning mix of design and detail.
Rin Hoshizora is one of the nine main characters in Love Live! She is a bit of a tomboy because her classmates teased her for wearing skirts and dresses.
The cosplayer expertly portrayed the pint-sized high school student as the energetic, warm-hearted character she was created to be. Bravo!
Bayonetta is the eponymous main character of the Bayonetta series. She is a beautiful woman with a bewitching figure.
She uses her hair as her best weapon of defense against enemies and even demons protect her. The cosplayer is showing that you don't want to mess with her.
Nico Robin (aka Devil Child and Light of the Revolution) from the anime series One Piece is a slender tall young woman with dark eyes and black hair.
The cosplayer did a fabulous job of portraying the pragmatic and intelligent archaeologist. She brought the popular character to life with an uncanny design and attention to detail.
Symmetra, real name Satya Vaswani, is a fictional character in Overwatch. She literally bends reality and is a light-bending architect who weaves her construction in order and perfection to create a better world.
The cosplayer deserves all the praise in the world for making such a complex costume that perfectly captures the complexity of the character. The design's uncanny resemblance and attention to details are well complemented by post-production elements.
April O’Neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the first human ally of the crime-fighting amphibians.
We absolutely love this modern interpretation of such a nostalgic character.
Here is a cosplay of the elegant and beautiful Princess Zelda – a kind and benevolent ruler with a deep love towards the people and wisdom beyond her years.
No wonder why she is one of the most popular cosplay characters for females. By the way, this version features the beautiful princess from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Laura Matsuda is a popular female character in the Street Fighter series. The free-spirited, hyperactive Brazilian fighter first appeared in Street Fighter V.
There is so much to love about this inspiring interpretation of a fighter. Moreover, the colorful creation of this cosplay adds even more authenticity.
This League of Legends beauty (also known as “The Frost Archer”) sends arrows of fire with incredible precision and accuracy.
We love how the cosplayer used props to add even more excitement to the character. The use of accessories and makeup to accompany this cosplay are truly stunning.
Pocahontas is a strong and independent woman. This spectacular cosplay is impressive and nostalgic.
Every single detail in this interpretation is spot on and you can feel the authenticity through the dedication of the cosplayer.