Jessica Nigri seems to be a magnet for a huge amount of hate and vitriol, with people passing comment on her in very negative ways all over the net. As a minor celebrity, and someone who is in the public eye, even in the very small way that she is, that kind of comes with the territory, but I personally disagree with a lot of what is said about her.
Jessica is a Cosplayer, she’s one of a hand full of people, mainly women, who are lucky enough to have turned their hobby, Cosplaying (dressing up as your favourite Comic, Movie, Anime, or Computer game character and wearing that costume to conventions) into an actual profession.
She makes her living from playing dress up.
As part and parcel of that, she’s well known within the Cosplay community and is prolific throughout Social media. But she is still fairly unknown to anyone who doesn’t have an interest in Cosplay.
As well as being paid to do something she loves, she is also a slim, attractive blonde with an ample bust.
Both of these things being magnets for hate online.
She’s been called an attention whore, a stupid blonde bimbo, and has been criticised for not making her own costumes and for being all about just showing off her breasts.
OK, so let’s look at these shall we.
An attention whore? Well, the thing here is that she’s a celebrity, a very minor one, but a celebrity all the same. Celebrities only have a business while there’s attention on them. If no one’s interested in them, then they won’t get work and they won’t pay their bills. Jessica only has a business while she has people’s attention. It’s why failing celebrities go on reality shows, to increase their public presence.
Jessica no doubt knows this so she’s prolific in her online activities. She posts often and her posts are generally about herself, because that’s what her fans want.
But attention whore? I don't think so. She seems to me to actually be careful about what she gets involved with. For instance, that Cosplay show on Sci-fi? She was approached to be on it much like Yaya Han was, but Jessica turned it down stating that she doesn’t need that kind of stress.
You don’t do that if you’re an ‘attention whore’.
She’s also been criticized for not making her own costumes.
This is again, to me, out of order and has something of the double standard about it. I don’t actually know if she has made every one of her costumes herself or not. But it wouldn’t surprise me if she hadn’t.
This is a woman who runs her own business, and that business is all about travelling to conventions, around the world, and appearing at them in costume.
Now, as a business owner myself, I know how much work goes into that, and I can only guess at how much less time you’d have if that business included travelling the world to make appearances, with the additional pressure of people expecting a new costume each time she makes an appearance.
So I would not be at all surprised if she had some of her costumes made for her.
Also, I know for a fact that many cosplayers either buy their costumes of the rack, or off eBay, or get some or all of them made by other people due to lack of time or skill in a given area.
Are they routinely denounced and ridiculed for not making it themselves from scratch? No. So why is Jessica when she arguably might have less time and need more costumes?
I clearly don’t think she’s stupid either. Turning down the TV show which has been on the receiving end of a lot of controversy goes someway to proving that.
At the very least, having not met her, but having seen comments or videos of her online, I can say, apart from being goofy, she’s clearly not stupid. I actually think she’s a somewhat savvy business woman who knows her market and knows how to please her fans.
And so inevitably we come round to the fact that she’s a slim attractive blonde with a big bust.
She know’s this. Clearly she knows what she is, she knows what she looks like and she knows it’s a huge part of her popularity.
She gets a lot of attention due to her looks, and if you look at the trend as regards the girls who have made a living from Cosplay, a large number of them are what you might term ‘attractive’. Their looks appeal to a wide audience and fit into the mould of ‘attractive’ that’s a huge part of modern media. This has naturally led to them becoming popular, being offered paid gigs doing what they love which then led to it becoming a profession.
Jessica is able to pay her bills and put food on her table due to the attention she gets. A large part of that attention comes from her looks. She clearly can see from her Facebook stats etc which photos get more likes, comments and shares, and I think it’s almost certainly the photos where she’s showing a bit more skin that do well.
As someone that is comfortable showing off in the way that she does, even if it’s only superficially as part of her job (after all, I don’t know her and she could be a very shy person outside of her online persona) I think it’s only natural that she would give her fans what they want, within reason.
That’s the key term here as well, ‘within reason’. Despite being asked many times in the comments on her Facebook page to pose nude for Playboy of whatever, she has always said no.
Attention whore? No, I don’t think so. This is someone who knows how to run her business, she knows what it is that made her popular and she knows how to keep herself in the public eye.
Of course she’s much more than a walking DD cup, she’s clearly a talented costumier and seamstress, an artist as well as a daughter, sister and friend to those close to her.
It’s easy to forget that the person posting these photos is another human being with feelings and emotions.
Which I think is something these online trolls probably forget when they post hate on her Facebook feed. Something I very much doubt they would do to her face.
So why have I written this?
Well, I have a connection to the Cosplay community through my photography and I suppose I dislike seeing the idiotic comments about her online, about anyone actually. She’s just someone who’s popped up again and again in my Facebook feed in a fairly negative way recently and these were some of the thoughts that were swimming about my head with regard to this.
Take from it what you will.