CosplayMania 2016: Women Power

Over the years cosplay has been the biggest pop culture phenomena since the early 2000's with such big hits like the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, and superhero films coming to the forefront. Anime, SciFi, Fantasy, and Superheroes have been the biggest inspiration for fans of such films, tv shows, book, and etc to bring these characters to life. 

In the initial inception, cosplay was perceived to be male dominated. Over the years cosplaying has been a platform for women to be in equal footing if not sometimes even better than their counterparts. In recent years some of these women have stepped into the spotlight and are recognized in a regional, national and global level. Here are two names who have recently made a splash in the world of cosplay.

Vera Bambi at C2E2 2016 as Mary Jane Watson

Vera Bambi at C2E2 2016 as Mary Jane Watson

Vera Bambi

Vera Bambi has made a splash in the cosplay community over the past year. Sometimes referring to herself as the 'Controversial Cosplayer' because of the style she chooses to cosplay. Vera has turned whatever negative into a positive by being one of the few who has a good and open relationship with her fans. Vera has always used her voice to reach others with a positive message of loving your body. Vera admits she was bullied in school for the way she looked and does not judge others for the same. Some might say her cosplay might be too revealing but isn't cosplay about being someone else? Having the courage to feel safe and comfortable in your own skin. You can follow Vera at VERABAMBILIVE on Twitter and Instagram. You can learn more about Vera on VERABAMBI.COM

Heidi Mae as Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad 2016)

Heidi Mae as Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad 2016)

Heidi Mae

Heidi Mae is a Missouri native, but some of you may know her as one of the more well known Harley Quinn cosplayers of the film Suicide Squad (2016). Heidi has been praised for the accuracy and passion she has put in to her Harley Quinn cosplay, from the shoes, make-up to even the cuffs worn on screen. Margot Robbie may have brought Harley Quinn to life on the big screen but Heidi has kept the character alive for the better part of 2016 pre and post Suicide Squad. Although her cosplay of Harley Quinn catapulted Heidi into the spotlight with recognition and accolades to follow, she does Cosplay as other characters such as Jesse from Team Rocket (Pokemon), Eleven (Stranger Things), Princess Leia (Star Wars) and much more. You can catch Heidi attending comic book conventions and events across the United States. Follow Heidi on Instagram @heidimaetrix.