Lately, female superheroes (and anti-heroes) have been taking over comics, movies – and conventions. Like most costumed heroes, cosplayers (people who transform themselves with elaborate costumes) have day jobs, too.
So this weekend at Fan Expo Dallas, we took a look at female hero cosplayers – and what they do in their workaday identities.
Lorey, who preferred not to share her last name, is a cake decorator. She said she dressed as Killer Frost, a DC comic book anti-hero (it’s complicated), because she’s one of the less sexualized characters: “Most female characters are very sexualized but not Killer Frost and she’s awesome.” Photos: Zoee Acosta
Ally Cat is a professional cosplayer. She dresses up for charities as her everyday job. “I normally dress up as Wonder Woman but I bought and altered this Batgirl,” said Cat. “I make a lot of my own stuff, it’s hard work.”
Haley Mooneyham is currently a high school senior. She dressed as Raven from the Teen Titans because she remembers watching it as a kid: “My brother and I used to watch it all the time and I just found Raven so relatable.”
Katie, who preferred not to share her last name, is a banker. Yes, a banker. ” I like Catwoman; she makes me feel good.”
Jessica Wicked is a senior in high school. Jessica has dressed as Wonder Woman for other conventions: “If the world was a bit more like Comic-Con, I think we’d all be a little happier.”
Breezy, who preferred not to give her last name, is a drafting engineer. She borrowed her costume – of Gwen Stacy from the Spider-Man comics – from a friend for the weekend: ” I think Gwen is just so relatable.”