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Rhapsody Artajo as Ursula.
Rhapsody Artajo as Rey

Rhapsody Artajo as Star Wars’ Rey.

The incredible Rhapsody Artajo is getting a lot of shine right now, and rightfully so. The gorgeous plus-size model is an avid cosplayer, showing the world what it could look like to actually have plus-size characters in film, television, books and beyond. While being plus-size and a paid cosplayeer may not sound like a big deal to the average person, it means everything to some.

Rhapsody Artajo as the original gothic femme fatale, Vampira.

Rhapsody Artajo as the original gothic femme fatale, Vampira.

“If you’re a fat girl and you’re doing characters who are supposed to be thin, unfortunately there will be people who are very negative and have yucky things to say,” Artajo said in an interview with Nerdist. “I love playing dress-up. Cosplay is about loving your fandom and showing how much you love it. So I never let other people stop me from doing characters that I want to do.”

Rhapsody Artajo as Marvel's Rogue

Rhapsody Artajo as Marvel’s Rogue.

“Stop letting other people stop you for doing what you love. You are your own person and you are in control of your own happiness. Do what you love. The only limitations that you have are the ones that you put on yourself. You have to stop worrying about other people,” says the cosplay queen. “Once you realize you are in charge of your own happiness, the world changes.”

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“I want to stay relentlessly optimistic and contagiously confident,” she says.

Rhapsody Artajo as Ursula.

Rhapsody Artajo as Ursula.


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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