Cosplay royalty, Yaya Han is returning to AnimeKon!

Yaya first visited the show in 2013 as one of our “Living Legends”. As a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with over a decade of experience, she brought a welcome sense of professionalism and warmth to her dual role as a featured guest and head judge at the Caribbean’s first ever regional cosplay tournament.

After discovering cosplay at Anime Expo in 1999, Yaya quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day she has made around 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games and sci-fi – quite a few of which are her own original designs.

Over the years, Yaya has built a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim nationwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world.

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Yaya’s impact on the world of cosplay has been so great that she has been a Guest Judge on every seasons of TBS TV Network’s “King of the Nerds” competition show, featured in a documentary about cosplay called “Cosplay – Crafting a Secret Identity”, as well as is starring in the Syfy (Space) TV Network Docu-Series “Heroes of Cosplay”.

But, no matter where Cosplay has taken her professionally, Yaya strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally – fun and creativity.

Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped Cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today.

Every day, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as “Costume Play”.

Team AnimeKon is super duper stoked to welcome Yaya back to “Fantopia” on August 15 & 16 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados!

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