Cosplaying has exploded across the globe and it’s more than just die-hard fans dressing up in elaborate clothing. The cosplayer performances have also kept the hype for fandoms alive and helped promote remakes of old movies/shows, making them a valuable asset to the entertainment industry.
Increases Confidence and Self-Worth
Roleplaying through cosplay enables a fan to experience their favourite character’s superhuman powers, inherent goodness and overall wit and charm. Identifying with a character and wearing a quirky costume in public can inspire people be better and feel comfortable in their own skin.
A Sense of Belonging
The cosplay community exists both in virtual platforms and in real life — fans bond through Reddit forums, Deviantart, Tumblr fandoms and cosplay conventions. No matter how weird a fan’s interests may seem, there’s a sense of belonging to a community of people with shared interests. People make new friends, take pictures and feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
Making the Fantasy a Reality
Cosplaying imbues fans with a sense of escapism by helping them take a break from their life. Being part of their much loved fictional series or video game world for a day can be a refreshing experience. The process of creating and designing a costume can be a healthy distraction and a rewarding hobby as well.
Caters to Fans of Every Demographic
The cosplaying world creates a safe space for fans free of body shaming, homophobia and racism. Fans have a sense of freedom to dress up as whoever they want to be — a black Harley Quinn or a female version of Doctor Who, for example. Most cosplayers are open-minded when dressing up as their favourite character, and there is little room for discrimination.
Cosplaying is a great way for fans to express love for their favourite characters and television shows. Beyond being just a place where people can play dress up, however, cosplaying has also helped foster positive attitudes among fans and makes them believe they’re capable of being as great as the characters they look up to.