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Jessica Nigri’s 26 Most Epic Cosplays

Jessica Nigri
Jessica Nigri
Jessica Nigri as Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)

There’s little doubt as to who is the Queen of Cosplay — it’s Jessica Nigri. The Reno-born model, YouTuber and convention personality has 2.8 million followers on Facebook, nearly a million on Instagram, 692,000 on YouTube, and 452,000 on Twitter.

Add to those numbers the fact that today, August 5, is Jessica Nigri’s birthday — well, if you’re gonna do a Jessica Nigri post, today’s the day. She’s turning 26, which is not a terribly special number, but a decent cap for a list of most epic costumes considering she has done many dozens. So that’s why there are 26 here.

Jessica Nigri
Pikachu (Pokemon)

Jessica did not start out as the most authentic cosplayer, making her splash at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 as “Sexy Pikachu.” It was just a yellow two-piece with some Pikachu-esque accessories and ridiculous boots, sort of a nerdy take on the “sexy animal” costume so beloved of sorority girls. Whether Sexy Pikachu was technically cosplay or not, the press she got for the outfit brought “cosplay” into mainstream vocabulary, and made Jessica the first celebrity cosplayer. Over the years she has returned to the “sexy _____” template plenty of times, but has also done a good deal of more faithful costumes, or inventive costumes that put battle armor on Disney characters or feminize male characters. Still, there remains a hardcore element who think that cosplay should not be about sex appeal, and to them Jessica Nigri is the Antichrist.

Jessica Nigri
Veigar (League of Legends)

Antichrist? No, Jessica Nigri is not the Antichrist. She’s not even the Sexy Antichrist. At worst, she’s Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil from League of Legends. Love her or not, you cannot deny this: She is 26 years old today. Happy birthday, Jessica Nigri.

Jessica Nigri
Catwoman (DC Comics). Photo by Masamune.
Jessica Nigri
Charizard (Pokemon). Photo by Adam Patrick Murray.
Jessica Nigri
Deadpool (Marvel Comics). Photo by Adam Patrick Murray.
Jessica Nigri
Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed). Photo by Tali Supertaunt.
Jessica Nigri
Espeon (Pokemon)
Jessica Nigri
Fem-Magneto (Marvel Comics). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Photo by Martin Wong.
Jessica Nigri
Gnar (League of Legends). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Harley Quinn (DC Comics). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Houndoom (Pokemon). Photo by Adam Patrick Murray.
Jessica Nigri
Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Mad Moxxi (Borderlands). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Mario (Super Mario Brothers)
Jessica Nigri
Officer Vi (League of Legends)
Jessica Nigri
Nathan Drake (Uncharted). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Pool Party Ziggs (League of Legends). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Blood Elf (World of Warcraft)
Jessica Nigri
Teemo (League of Legends). Photo by Erik Estrada.
Jessica Nigri
Ratcoon (Bardbarian). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Rikku (Final Fantasy). Photo by Martin Wong.
Jessica Nigri
Ziggs (League of Legends). Photo by Darshelle Stevens.
Jessica Nigri
Seras Victoria (Hellsing). Photo by Larry Alan.
Jessica Nigri
Dovahkiin (Skyrim). Photo by 12 North Photography.
Jessica Nigri
Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)

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