Cosplaying is definitely an art form and we should appreciate it way more. Think about it, in a movie, the actor gets to have a whole team of people working round the clock to make them look like a certain character.
A costume designer makes the clothes, the makeup artists do the makeup and then there are all those people who create the perfect lighting and the director and cameraman to capture the perfect angles.
But cosplayers manage to recreate all that on their own. And what’s even more impressive is that a lot of the time they cosplay characters from cartoons or comic-books. So they’re recreating in real life a character that’s only been drawn and was never portrayed by a human. That’s incredibly hard work and they make it look so effortless.
Russian cosplayer Ksenia Perova is one of the best cosplayers we’ve come across lately and you’re about to see why.
Ksenia is 21 and she lives in Russia. She’s been into cosplay for a couple of years now, and her first comic-con that she went to in full cosplay happened in 2014. That was the year she dressed up as Oswin Oswald, the Doctor’s companion from Doctor Who. And you’ve got to admit she absolutely smashed this look. It’s impeccable and people kept asking to take photos with her, which surprised and humbled Ksenia.
She says that she’s not exactly sure when she started getting into cosplay and she doesn’t recall a specific moment when she decided that’s what she wanted to do. She just kept seeing pictures of cosplayers online and thought they looked amazing and she wanted to do something similar, it just seemed fun for her.
What’s impressive is that Ksenia manages to completely change her appearance for each look and the resemblance with the characters she creates is uncanny. One day she’s Oswin Oswald, the other day she’s Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and on a third day, she’s the human copy of Kimpossible.
When asked what was her favourite cosplay to create Ksenia says that it’s hard to choose because they’re all different and she obviously picks the characters that she likes. But out of the recent ones, she says cosplaying Arya Stark from the Game of Thrones was the most fun. The costume is relatively simple but the amount of attention that particular cosplay garnered was insane. Plus it was fun to pretend to be such a badass character for a little while.
Another cosplay Ksenia really liked doing was Mulan. You see, Mulan was her favourite Disney princess since she was a little girl, so the possibility of cosplaying her was just super exciting. Creating the look took quite a while because Ksenia wanted to make sure that everything from costume to hair to make up was absolutely perfect.
We’d like to also mention that our favourite look she did wad Mavis from Hotel Transylvania. She just embodied Mavis so perfectly she actually looked like a cartoon character out of this world. It was such a perfect match. To find more of Ksenia’s cosplays, and trust us, she’s got many, follow her on Instagram. She’s quite a cosplay star with over 100k followers.