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13 plus-size cosplay looks

Get inspired for the summer cons by these awesome body-positive cosplay looks. You can be anything and anyone you want to be!

Summer is almost upon us, and with the season comes conventions. ‘Tis the season to cosplay! Whether you’re a Marvel or DC fan, a Whovian or a follower of any number of gorgeous fantasy universes, this is the time to break out your costumes and embody the characters you love.

Haters may say there’s nothing special about cosplay. Well, they’re wrong. They’re especially wrong when it comes to plus-size and queer folks participating in cosplay.

In a world that tells you that you are nothing and worthless because of who you are and what you aren’t, cosplay allows you to turn those sentiments upside down. Instead of being nothing, you can be anything. Suddenly, the world — and the many worlds written beyond it — are yours for the taking.

Cosplay isn’t just putting on a costume, it’s becoming something that you love. For some, this is part of their journey to self-love and body positivity. It’s a revolution in and of itself.

Let’s celebrate the art of cosplay. Here are 13 body-positive cosplayers for you to follow on IG!

1. Super_Kami_Wifu


Latinx cosplayer Super_Kami_Wifu cosplays Black Lantern Wonder Woman. Zombie/revenant Wonder Woman is part of a group that seeks to extinguish all life within the DC universe. Pretty dark … and this costume is pretty rad.

2. Phillicia Deanell

Makeup enthusiast and cosplayer Phillicia Deanell shows off her spectacular Nebula makeup as an homage to the Guardians of the Galaxy character. Check out her YouTube channel, as well.

3. Stardust Megu

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We interrupt the VK Sweater program to bring you a special report!! The next event I will be attending is @magikamaidcafe 's Grand Opening event on the 28th of this month! I can't wait to see some old faces (especially some I haven't seen since 3000bc) and meet new ones! I'll be bringing my Sailor D.va cosplay for this event! I haven't worn it in months and I feel that this is the great time to bring it back! If you guys are going then I'll see you there. Tickets for this event sold out but you can follow Magika Maid Cafe for future events. They have free one next month at Central Park! Another news is that on my Facebook page, I reached past 2000 likes! I want to thank everyone for supporting me! I plan on doing a giveaway for my Facebook followers. Don't worry I'll do one for Instagram as well when I reach past 1000 followers! Hope you all have a great day! Photo taken by @daeno17 Cosplay made and worn by me! #sailordva #sailordvacosplay #Overwatch #Overwatchcosplay #dva #dvacosplay #nerfthis #cosplay #cosplayer #cosplaygirl #plussizecosplayer #blackcosplayer #cosplayisforall #blackcosplay #poccosplayer #poccosplay #poccosplayers #blackcosplayers #cosplaymodel #blackcosplayersrock #afropunk #melanincosplay #cosplaying #womenofcosplay #womenofcolor #cosplaypositivity

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Stardust Megu rocks a Sailor D.Va costume! A mashup of Sailor Moon and Overwatch, Stardust Megu shows us all bodies can cosplay and kick ass.

4. Garnet Runestar

This spectacular image captures cosplayer Garnet Runestar’s Sailor Pluto cosplay remarkably well. Check out how gorgeous it looks against the Utah sunset!

5. Ronald Seaman

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Blerdcon Featured Cosplayer Announcement! Ronald Seaman (Aracknoid3 Cosplay) Ronald Seaman is an Army Veteran who served in the military for 25 years. His military career ended due to nerve damage and severe central vertigo which put him in a wheelchair. Once he regained some health in 2013, his son, Ronald III, introduced him to cosplay. Seaman decided to read up on cosplay after his son introduced him to it. His interest was piqued. “In two weeks I made my first Ironman suit,” Seaman said. The best part for Seaman was that it kept him active. “I was staying out of bed,” he explained. Cosplay built his strength physically and mentally. Seaman also found out that his niece was involved in Cosplay and encouraged him to go to a cosplay convention in Tampa back in 2013. He constructed his first “Gears of War set up” for the convention. When building any of these cosplay outfits, Seaman uses ingenuity and problem solving skills as he has to build within and even around his wheelchair. At the convention, crowds hovered over him, amazed about how ingenuous his Gears of War concept was. “I did about five interviews,” Seaman remembers. The experience, attention and new friendships during the con gave him a whole new direction and drive in life. It enabled him to view life creatively and give inspiration to others as well. His character, Iron-Merman, is a nod to his career in the First Armored Division with the "Iron Warriors" combined with his last name. "So Iron Merman it had to be. I thought it was going to be a one-time thing, and it just took off,” Seaman said. “No matter whatever I had new, everyone (said) aren’t you the Iron Merman guy?” He is also involved with the MUCH (Makers United for Children’s Hope) Foundation, a non-profit organization where volunteers dress up as superheroes and visit children in hospitals. “I am very proud to be able to tell people that I am a part of the MUCH Foundation. It is exactly the kind of thing I stand for and believe in. It is really good to be involved with this…you know you are doing something worthwhile and just seeing how happy you make these kids feel, it gives them something to look forward to,” . . #unitedshades

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An army veteran of 25 years, Ronald Seaman was intrigued by cosplay when his kids took it up. Beginning with The Gears of War, Seaman became most popular for his Ironman/merman mashup.

6. Bellexi

Best known for her Roadhog costume, Bellexi proudly incorporates her large belly into the costume as an asset rather than masking her shape through corsetry and spandex body shapers. The result is true to character, bad-ass and body-positive.

7. Galactic Edge


Galactic Edge Cosplay rocks a Power Rangers Samurai Shinken Super Samurai Mode look. Say that 10 times fast! Jokes aside, this red ranger is a super-rad example of plus-size men in cosplay.

8. Jo “Spaz” Tam

Costume designer, special effects makeup artist and all-around badass Jo Tam creates a Roller Derby version of X-Men’s Rogue for FlameCon. They call this pose their “finishing move.”

9. Prop Troopers

This Wizard of Oz-inspired cosplay is out of this world! Etsy group Prop Troopers created an elaborate steampunk-meets-burlesque spin on the Scarecrow character and the result is gorgeous and unique.

10. TaLynn Kel

Cosplayer and writer TaLynn Kel writes about her “fat, black, geek life” for The Establishment and Black Girl Nerds. She has also recently written a book about her experiences.

11. Rhapsody Artajo

Cosplayer and entertainer Rhapsody Artajo channels sexy pinup vibes in this Gryffindor robe. Harry Potter fans never have to grow up!

12. Tiffie Starchild


Tiffie Starchild gives Mario a feminine upgrade with this easy-to-put-together and incredibly cute Mario cosplay look.

13. Bri

One of the most precious cosplay looks, this queer cosplayer channels Rose Quartz from Steven Universe with a Disney Princess vibe. The result is super cute and sweet.


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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