17 Costumes This Stunning Black Cosplayer Completely Nailed

"I wanted to show that not only can you be black and cosplay, but honor some bad@ss characters of color as well."

There are a lot of talented cosplayers out there, but if you're not already following Kiera Please, you're definitely missing out. The 22-year-old artist had made a name for herself in the cosplaying world through her impressive interpretations of characters from TV shows, comics, movies, and manga. 

In February, Please made headlines for her participation in #29daysofblackcosplay. The month-long project started by fellow Black cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch was started in 2015 to encourage, unite, and inspire Black cosplayers from around the world to share their costumes under that hashtag. While there are prominent Black cosplayers, many struggle within the subculture. Because there isn't enough representation within media, cosplayers don't have enough compelling Black characters to source ideas from. They are also too often subjected to racism and ridicule. The hashtag has helped to combat some of that. 

"For the #28daysofblackcosplay, I wanted to show that not only can you be black and cosplay, but honor some bad@ss characters of color as well and also just some strong girl leads in general," Please wrote on an Instagram post in February


Since then, she's continued to post her amazing costumes on social media and showed fans that she can seamlessly transform into any character she chooses. From Penny Proud to Reggie Rocket, scrolling through her looks is like taking a trip down memory lane since many of her costumes are sourced from characters from old TV shows and movies. 

"I think it's always a fun thing to see something that caused you joy in the past brought to life!" Please told Huffington Post. "Anyone can do [cosplay] and it's not just for a specific type of person. Don't be afraid to try something new because of what others might say." 

It's so exciting to see more and more Black women like Please get the recognition they deserve as they inspire others to get creative themselves. 

"I like to share my life with people all around the world in hopes to show that your individuality can be expressed without hesitation or second thought," Please wrote on her website. "By exploring and sharing the different facets of my personality and interests, I hope to showcase that one's identity is more than a simple one-word character trait or Instagram bio. I want to communicate the message of self-love and individuality." 

We hope people who see her looks also receive a message about the importance of inclusion, and the need for more representation of people of color in both media and cosplay. 

Check out some of our favorite look from Please below.:

1. Judy Funnie from "Doug"

2. Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart, from "Invincible Iron Man"

3. Canary from "Hunter × Hunter"

4. Winifred Sanderson from "Hocus Pocus"

5. Roxanne from "A Goofy Movie"

6. Agnes Gru from "Despicable Me"

7. Penny Proud from "The Proud Family"

8. LaCienega Boulevardez from "The Proud Family"

9. Nani Pelekai from "Lilo & Stitch"

10. Reggie Rocket from "Rocket Power"

11. Audrey Ramirez from "Atlantis"

12. Roberta Tubbs from "The Cleveland Show"

13. Numbuh 5 from "Codename: Kids Next Door"

14. Connie Maheswaran from "Steven Universe"

15. Chel from "The Road to El Dorado"

16. Chun-Li from "Street Fighter"

17. Kiki and Tombo from "Kiki's Delivery Service"

(H/T: Konbini


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