Have you ever enjoyed looking at amazing cosplays, either online or at a convention, and wondered just who was the costume designer or model?
There are many famous cosplayers in the world, most of which create their own costumes, though a number of them also buy them from professional designers.
I have made a list of the most popular cosplayers in the world, both male and female, known for their ability to create amazing cosplays and show them off at cosplay conventions and other events.
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With how massive cosplay community and culture have become around the world, this once unusual hobby has turned into quite a lucrative profession, if you manage to become popular enough.
That being said whether you do it as a hobby or for a living, being an active cosplayer can be quite expensive. The materials for costumes often have to be imported, and unless you are making your own designs, you will also be paying for the designer’s work.
Even so, the most famous cosplayers in the world earn thousands and even millions of dollars, and some of them are most influential women or men in their age group. Stay with me as I present you with the most comprehensive list of famous cosplayers you will ever find.
Famous Female Cosplayers
1. Narga Lifestream
This incredibly attractive and famous Russian cosplayer and costume designer has been active on the scene since 2008 and is one of the most well-known Warcraft cosplayers in the world.
In addition to her work on bringing various fandoms to life, she is also an avid gamer and a very popular model. She also does couple of cosplays with her husband Aleksei on a page called Narga&Aoki.
2. Little Jem
A famous and incredibly cute cosplayer based in the UK, Little Jem has been active on the scene for almost a decade. Since her debut in the cosplay community back in 2014 she has amassed over 300 thousand followers on Instagram, with smaller followings across several different platforms.
She is well known in the cosplay world for her quirky personality and presence at gaming conventions around the world.
A well-known and popular Filipina cosplayer, she has been active for several years now, venturing to countless anime conventions around the US and globally. While she doesn’t have a following as large as Yaya Han or some other cosplayers, she more than makes up for it with her cute looks and unique costume design.
4. Yaya Han
A famous female cosplayer of Chinese descent, Yaya Han is a prominent tv personality, commonly working as a cosplay judge at various conventions.
She has also been a guest of the Tbs reality show king multiple times and is an idol of many cosplayers today.
5. Aza Miyuko
A well-known member of the South Korean cosplay community, she has not only won various cosplay competitions and events but has also branched out in music.
Furthermore, her popularity in South Korea is only increased due to the massive influence of Spiral cats. She is however, best known for her cosplays of well-known anime characters such as Saeko Busujima.
6. Jessica Nigri
Perhaps the most popular cosplayer to ever come from New Zealand, she has been a part of countless anime expo shows and comic cons, as has also participated in several Riot games events.
One of the first cosplayers to bring cosplay culture to the mainstream audience, she is known for cosplaying as her favorite characters from many popular video games, such as League of Legends and Lollipop Chainsaw.
7. Myrtle Sarrosa
An incredibly popular Filipina cosplayer and one of the pillars of geek culture in Southeast Asia, Myrtle Sarrosa has been cosplaying since she was 14 years old.
She is also a prominent internet personality, with many of her cosplay photos serving as an inspiration to female cosplayers around the world.
8. Linda Le
Linda Le, also known as VampyBitMe, is a Japanese American cosplayer and makeup artist. She was a fashion design student and does her own costumes, having refined her education to an art form.
She has done many cosplayers over the years, never sticking to a particular character for long.
9. Jannet Vinogradova
Jannet Vinogradova, a Russian cosplayer that is now a part of the US cosplay community is known for her incredible looks and revealing cosplays that led her to win many competitions and cosplay events.
She has appeared on a number of magazines, both in the US and in her homeland, Russia, earning a fortune from commissions.
10. Meg Turney
A cosplayer, streamer, and burlesque performer, Meg Turney is well known for showing off her amazing looks in many US and global cosplay competitions. She has done cosplays of many Game of Thrones and HOTD characters and has her own clothing line of merch.
11. Alodia Gosiengfiao
The stunning Filipina cosplayer is known for the fact that she has a personal costume designer, as well as her long-standing promotion of the video game Mobile Legends. She has also worked with many other game companies, such as Blizzard, Valve, etc.
12. Stella Chuu
An incredibly famous American Cosplayer, Stella Chuu is best known for her Sailor Moon costumes and work as voice actress. She has also appeared in a number of TV shows across both in the States and in Japan.
13. Lindsay Elyse
A well-known American cosplayer originally hailing from Arizona, Lindsay Elise has also ventured into other profitable online businesses, such as OnlyFans. Her total Instagram following is over 400 thousand, allowing her to amass a significant fortune just from ads.
14. Ivy Doomkitty
A well-known American cosplayer with a sizeable Instagram following of just under 400 thousand people, Ivy Doomkitty is best known for her portrayals of cartoon and anime characters and has been a part of many cosplaying events inside and outside of the US.
15. Kay Pike
An extremely popular Canadian cosplayer best known for her incredible body paint works, she first appeared on Reddit and then spread her influence over a variety of different social media.
She has her own Discord server, and a Patreon account, and sells NFTs as well.
Famous male cosplayers
An extremely popular male cosplayer from the United States, he is well known for designing some of the best male cosplays out there and has won numerous competitions during his career.
He also has his own website and merch store which further increase his revenue.
2. Carlos Blanchard
- Date of Birth: He was born in 1962.
- Ethnicity: American
- Place of Residence: USA
- Fandoms: Metal Gear Solid, Marvel, DC
- Social Media: Instagram, Facebook
Best known for high-quality Metal Gear costumes, this American cosplayer has also been a part of several Comic Con shows, as well as worked on a movie Proof of Life in the year 2000.
- Date of Birth: Unknown
- Ethnicity: Canadian
- Place of Residence: Seattle, USA
- Fandoms: DC, Mortal Kombat, etc.
- Social Media: Instagram
Known for his ninja and full body armor costumes, this cosplay artist and costume designer has created some of the most amazing male cosplays ever seen at US competitions.
4. Thomas DePetrillo
Thomas DePetrillo, founder and owner of Extreme Costumes, is a famed costume designer and cosplayer hailing from the USA. He is known for his award-winning Hulkbuster suit, as well as a number of other massive and expensive cosplays, many of which cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Best known for his Deadpool costumes, D-Piddy is one of the most popular cosplayers in the United States. He has been cosplaying for over a decade and has won several prizes. He has also become one of the most popular TikTok cosplayers, with almost 3 million followers on his account.
Here is my list of some of the most famous cosplayers in the world, male and female alike. They have all left their mark on the cosplay scene, winning competitions and becoming sought after TV and internet personas.
Some have even started their own businesses. Is there anyone else you think should have made the list?
Who is the most popular cosplayer on Instagram?
As the number of followers changes on a weekly basis, it is difficult to say who has the most followers at any given time. Currently, however, the number 1 spot is held by Jessica Nigri, who has almost 4 million followers as of January 2023.
How much do most popular by cosplayers earn?
A very popular cosplayer can earn tens of thousands, if not even more through various endorsement deals and selling their creations. That being said, it is also expensive to create an award-winning costume.
Who is the most famous Japanese cosplayer?
While this cannot be measured in any exact way, most will agree that Enako, who has been active on the cosplay scene since 2012, has the largest following of all the Japanese cosplayers.