“Other people collect figures... I dress up as them!”
So says Yaya Han, the world’s sweetest cosplay model, a deadly combination of gorgeousness, creativity and fun. She started attending anime conventions in self-made costumes in 1999. By 2005 she had quit her job and was making costumes full time. These days she’s dressed in some sexy costume or another every weekend. “The best thing about costuming is definitely the creative process,” she explains. “Nothing beats wearing a finished outfit that you put together from scratch.”
A lot of you might be wondering how you approach a lady as lovely as Yaya when she’s in costume. So we asked. “Many guys see a girl in a sexy costume as an open invitation to flirt,” she observes. “I suppose that is OK, but you gotta be respectful and clever.”
What about channeling Han Solo? Will that get you a date with a Slave Leia? “Dressing up as Han will get you a photo next to every Slave Leia at the venue for sure, but it’s up to the guy to win us over. In everything, be your best self and remember that we girls are real people, not just sex objects. No matter now yummy we may look.”
Good advice. In honor of Halloween, think about that while checking out some of Yaya’s favorite creations, along with her thoughts on each.