This Lady’s Cosplaying Skills Are Smashing Racial Stereotypes

Kiera Please’s amazing transformations are breaking down racial barriers in the cosplay community


Cosplaying is the art of dressing up as a character from a cartoon show, comic, anime series, or movie. Once considered as ‘nerdy’ and niche, it has now become a popular practice, with people showing off their costuming skills at various conventions and parties. Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley started the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay movement as a way to give a voice to African-American cosplayers and the hashtag has been trending on social media, with African-Americans showing off their serious cosplaying skills. Avid cosplayer Kiera Please’s skills are wildly popular across social media platforms, and she is being hailed as breaking down racial barriers for people of colour. Here are our favourite looks:

As Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire

As Tzipporah from The Prince of Egypt 

Tzipporah from The Prince of Egypt #cosplay

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As Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter films/books

As Melpomene from Hercules

As Chel from The Road to El Dorado

As Stevonnie from the animated series Steven Universe

As Sadness from Inside Out

Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems #HappyHalloween !! #Halloween2016

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As Penny Proud from Disney’s The Proud Family franchise