The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying since the 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant portion of pop culture in most places across the world. Cosplay events have outgrown being parts in other conventions and now it even has dedicated local and international competitions. But cosplay is most popular in Japan and other places in Asia. And if you don't believe me, a new Twitter trend should prove it to you. The Japanese hashtag #レイヤーのオンとオフ (which roughly translates to "with and without the layer") has people sharing before-and-after pics of their best transformations and it's crazy how good some of them are.

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

stunning

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According to an article by the Artifice, the origins of cosplay in North America start around the 1930s. Initially dubbed as 'costuming,' it didn't require participants to mimic the appearance of a particular character. Rather, they simply were expected to dress appropriately for the genre, which is what Forrest J. Ackerman did in his futuristic costume when he attended a sci-fi convention.

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Char Char 1 month ago (edited)

Is this some Benjamin Buttons trickery?!

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Reportedly, he was the first attendee to show up in costume, so in the following years, similar conventions began to look like masquerade balls. They eventually even started giving out prizes to whoever had the 'best costume.'

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Cris Şerbu 1 month ago

Sora, Kingdom Hearts

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The term 'cosplay' is said to have been invented in 1984. Combining the words 'costume' and 'play,' Japanese reporter Nobuyuki Takahashi is credited for its first use after he attended Worldcon in Los Angeles. When translating the word 'masquerade' to the Japanese audience, he thought that the word sounded 'too old-fashioned' and used 'cosplay' to describe the concept.

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Ed Souza 1 month ago

how do they make their eyes so different? I don't get it

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Now, although many cosplayers participate just for fun, there are some who do it to earn a living. For example, one of the cosplay celebrities, Jessica Nigri, became popular when her 'Sexy Pikachu' costume was posted on the Internet and she has been appeared in conventions as the official cosplay model for numerous characters since. These include Connor Kenway (Assassin's Creed III), Vivienne Squall (KILLER IS DEAD), and the female version of Captain Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag). Her fandom has grown exponentially, as she has Facebook fan pages, Tumblrs, and a subreddit dedicated entirely to her work. Social media platforms have provided cosplayers like Jessice even more opportunities to monetize their transformations.

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Charlotte 1 month ago

She doesn't look very real in her before picture either, but I never would have guesses they were the same person.

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Kath Leen 1 month ago

wow

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Cyndi H 1 month ago

James from Team Rocket? Am I right?

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Jasmine Walker 1 month ago

He looks like Jack Sparrow even before.

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Animus 2.0 1 month ago

This... makes me laugh, I'm sorry XD

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

She looks fantastic!

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캉 홍빈 1 month ago

This man looks so cool I wanna try😭

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Mortus Pect 1 month ago

What figurine is she holding? What movie/series is it from?

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Iza 1 month ago

He's cute *-*

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Sammiche 1 month ago

Oh my god he's got the perfect jawline for the costume and EVERYTHING.

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Ethan Wijaya 1 month ago

oof, the face looks similar to Alita from the movie

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Rip grumpy cat 1 month ago

ok how can she do that with her lips..... ;-;

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Niito 1 month ago

That's Kagura from Gintama (time skip version)

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HOUSE 1 month ago

This is liturally unbelievable

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WaffleFryLife 1 month ago

that cosplay is incredible

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Id row 1 month ago

Doesn't even look like a real person in the after shot, looks like a latex doll or something.

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Id row 1 month ago

Her natural eyes are so unusual, it makes for an amazing transformation.

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boi 1 month ago

yumeko from kakegurui

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Doris S. Anderson 1 month ago

Lovely!! Both Pix!!

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Cyndi H 1 month ago

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Margaret Allen 1 month ago

How did he get rid of his chin?!

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Em C 1 month ago

What are you talking about dude? This is very obviously the same person! Chill!

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Barbara Berg 1 month ago

How in this fantastically advanced world of ours did she manage to make her lips thinner with only makeup?

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 month ago

Amazing contrast....

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Animus 2.0 1 month ago

Vinsmoke Sanji

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