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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Jessica Nigri – Cosplaying and Controversy

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.

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Now, you might be reading this and thinking, who the hell is Jessica Nigri.
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.

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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.

If you ever read this Jess, I wish you well.

Jessica's Fan Page
Photos by Adam Patrick Murray & Larry Alan Photography

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122 comments:

  1. I heard she's coming to MCM in May, so you might get to meet her then if you are going.
    Personally I think it all boils down to some sort of "jealousy" around her. Really, she is widely considered beautiful, she get's all the attentions she could ever wish, she gets paid to do what she loves and she has tons of fans who love her. I mean who wouldn't like that?

    It's also a part of the whole "beauty" issue. We live in a world where your life is easier if you are attractive, there is just no two ways about it. Attractive people, and especially women have a whole bunch of advantages over other normal or unattractive people, and that is something that people find "unfair". and so it's easier to give them hate for it than just accept that the world is like that.

    It's just not about feeling it's unfair however. (and I don't really want to generalize here) but a lot of beautiful women act... well, like they are better than others because of it. I don't think Jessica Nigri is like that, but being blonde with big breasts she is in the "target group" of being accused of it (which is clear from many of the comments seen about her)

    Jessica also became popular around the time of the whole "fake geek/gamer/cosplay-girl" thing started, and so she became one of the targets that the people who believe this nonsense started attacking.

    Jessica has fame, beauty and money. and nobody can have all those without getting some hate.

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    1. 100% love and agree with this!

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    2. Jessica as a My Little Pony is one of the greatest things I've ever seen, ever.

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  2. She's hot as fuck... period.

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    1. She is simply breath takingly beautiful and VERY sexy. She has a great set of stems, too.

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    2. You sir, or ma'am, deserve my like... if there was such a thing.

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  3. I have followed the rise of Jessica Nigri along with the rise of Philip De Franco and I salute them both, I think they should both be applauded, they find ways the worlds needs meet their talents, their futures are both incredibly bright, I look forward to them both building on their success.

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  4. Cosplay is, ultimately, a type of modeling, and models are "attention whores." That's part of the job because getting attention is their business. Jessica Nigri gets people attention because she is, face it, extremely gorgeous, and she keeps people's attention because she actually has a good attitude about it and is fun to pay attention to. I don't see anything fake about her personality and I think those comments aren't fair. I also happen to know that she does make at least most of her costumes, but models don't make their clothes so that criticism is kind of hyperbolic anyway.

    Yeah, I like to look at boobs and most men do. I don't see why it's such a big issue and why there has to be so much lashing out other than that's just what happens when idiots get on an internet account.

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  5. Give this man a cookie. Or a plane ticket to meet Jessica. Something.

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  7. Excellent article.

    I met Jessica a few years ago at E3 and was crazy nervous, but she was one of the sweetest and nicest people I've ever met. Was a fan of hers before but an even bigger one now. The people that hate her are clearly people that have never met her and don't care to even get to know her.

    It's sad, but I guess its just a part of being in that kind of industry now a days.

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  8. It seems to just be a matter of Envy in the eyes of the people that generate her flow of hate. I mean, in all realization, who wouldn't want to be Jessica

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  9. I love Jessica.. She is who I wanna be some day.. Also.. Great job on the article.. ��

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  10. I definitely do agree with this. Jessica Nigri seems wicked cool and is probably a riot to hang out with. It's a shame so many people have nothing better to do except post hate messages behind their computer screens where no one can put them in their place.

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  11. The controversy is sparked in the public eye by the people who are envious. The comments of attention whore, etc, are all hyperbolic to some extent considering the source they are coming from and the idea that she's any less of a person because she's marketable. She's clearly had the upper hand on some people and they're pissed off. It happens to be something that is rather unfair to those who deem her as a talented cosplayer, but at the same time... you have to remember the internet trolls are there just to get a rise out of people. Not to mention, that's the thing about being online, you will always have someone, somewhere, who either loathes you or is envious of your talents that clearly trump theirs.

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  12. Ignore the stupid haters. If you're hot beyond belief, like geek stuff, and are willing to model, do it. People get upset over really stupid things.

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  13. Finally someone who get's it for the the cosplay world. This is really well done and thank you for seeing the light.

    Oh btw.... Jessica did read this and put it on her FB if you do not know already.

    From Jessica on the article when she posted it on her page "I make 90% of my own costumes, and the rest are usually gloves or props I get commissioned within the community!"

    Also Yaya Han does her own stuff to, along with Ivy doomkitty and a lot of others. i have been watching them though fb seeing where they go and what they are up to next for their costume's. All seem to have a big hand in what they do cause they really do love Cosplay and everything that goes with it. Coming up with the designs, putting it all together, and then finally getting to the shows to show off their hard work.

    Thanks again for such a good read,

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    1. Most cosplayers make their own costumes, if they didn't, they wouldn't be respected enough amongst the comunity to be able to go pro - almost all wannabes fail in this industry - only the true believers succeed in going pro. A true cosplayer has an internal urge to create their own version of a character thru creating the costume - they've got to imagine it, then design it, then craft, tailor, put it all together AND THEN WEAR IT. Then and only then are they satisfied... it takes a certain commitment, genius and skill to accomplish this.

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    2. does this apply to Alodia?

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  14. Honestly I don't care what women look like. I like her because she does what she loves and does it amazingly. I would agree that she is attractive but all the cosplays she does is outstanding, such as the Assassins creed one. Many people say that most attractive famous women are attention whores even know they are not but screw them, their just jelly lol. Also Jessica most likely inspired most women to do cosplay.The person above me Go1den3ye i agree with you %100. Jessica if you read this Thank you for not caring what other people say and completely saying no to playboys and stuff like. I'll always be by your side. This may not have to do with anything but im hoping to be a famous youtuber someday like pewdiepie and ill be glad if yall could support me once i get into it.
    XOXO -Kaleb

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  15. People who have little faith in themselves, or would rather pull down than build up attack those with courage and willingness to pursue their dreams.

    This is a well-written article. I wish both the writer and Jessica great and further success in the future. Keep your chin up.

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  16. Thank you. I'm so tired of the hate for people who buy costumes and wear them. I may not have spent hundreds of hours sewing a costume but I worked very hard to get where I am that I can afford a costume and as a result, I just don't have time to sew my own. I didn't just pick money off the money tree and go buy a costume on eBay. I've worked hard for everything that I have. It would be really nice if there could be a class in the cosplay contests for commissioned/purchased costumes. I put a lot of thought into my commissions and daydream about them while I'm driving to work and I'd love to show them off. I don't even care about a prize. I'm also supporting people who DO sew their own costumes. But every time I mention this I'm treated like I want to steal things. I'm seriously thinking about finding another hobby over this because I'm just so tired of the hate and drama. I just want to wear a costume and have fun. But I'm sure I can find more positive things to do with my time.

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  17. This is a great commentary and directly addresses the unjust stage of public opinion when it comes to to women and cosplay.

    I can't stand the unfairness of it.Oddly, of all this criticism of Jessica that I have read, the one that really irks me is the one about "showing off her breasts"... WHY is this even mentioned by people. How many fantasy/scifi characters of any medium can you name who AREN'T depicted with revealing and/or form fitting costumes? And heaven forbid that anyone who is NOT in as beautiful shape as Jessica try to cosplay these characters--their pictures are posted on the internet for mocking purposes.

    So more power to Jessica and I wish her more success. And thank you to the author of this post for reasonably addressing the unfair criticism she receives.

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  18. Agreed! Just to clarify she does make her costumes except for some small accessories and props. She had to put up a work in progress album a few years back when people kept claiming she didn't make any of her cosplays. You can find it somewhere buried on her FB page.

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  19. I discovered Nigri, because I was playing lots of SC2 and some other titles and one time I saw her on a Comic-Con youtube video. I could care less whether she makes her costumes herself or not. I find it hard to believe other people get so upset about it. What I find a little bit annoying is she doesn't change her direction. Its always skin. I mean, its modelling, its clear what people came for. Its just looks like the Japaneese Word of The Week (JWOW) with Ms.Jinx. Always boobs. Its getting boring in a way. (boobs can never be boring :D), but over exploited. After being exposed to so much boobs you get imunne in a way. I would pay much more attention to her Facebook page if she actually showed something different, than a picture of her in a skimpy school uniform. I know she has a limited amount of time to wripe over her body, after all we all get old. But still, feels cheap and boring. The actual hatred comments are much more entertaining than the occasion sometimes. Like her glowing mouth picture now- I laughed my ass off. And she knew it is going to go that way, and still posted that picture. I have no sympathy over her in cases like that. You know the guys came for your ass and you still, went on to give them a proper occasion to do so- isn't that a definition of attention whore? (but a more toned down one). What do you expect to happen? Anyway she's cool and all, but if she doesn't change in a way, I think the interest would gradually fall.

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  20. I had a conversation with Jessica Nigri and Lindsay Elise for about 15 minutes on Omegle when they went on there as a Facebook event to talk to fans. She is definitely not stupid. She's really sweet, bubbly, and she'll even listen to you when your down. And she's just full of awesome jokes and silliness when it's appropriate. She does what she does because she is a nerd, she enjoys video games (and is pretty good at them watching her livestream), and she ACTUALLY keeps up with Anime, there's no faking it for her.

    She even listened to me when she noticed I was being a little quiet and asked if something was wrong, she made me feel comfortable instantly telling her about why I'd had a bad day earlier that day. I'm really glad I got the chance to chat with her!

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    1. i can attest to this. when i met her earlier this year she was nice and joked around. and she is a true gamer not like some of these fake gamers that do it just for the attention.

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  21. I have met Jessica a few times and she is gracious to her fans and a very sweet lady. Not to mention she is authentic in what she represents. I am a Cosplayer and a fan and a continued supporter of miss Nigri

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  22. Jessica is awesome. she does most of her costumes. although I dont like her re-interpretation in some costumes and designs, she can do a really good and high fidelity cosplay as well as seen a hell lot of times. Time to time she does a slutty version of something and is all part of her job as a cosplayer.

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  23. Her cosplays are great. Her costumes are great. She's hot, no questions asked. But the one thing that bugs me is the cleavage and boobs abuse.
    Hear me out here. I'm not against her because she's an attractive lady with a beautiful body. I'm not expressive some kind of "booby jealousy" or "attack on fake gamer girl" rubbish (which I have noticed majority of Nigri-Haters fall under) because I think those kinds of arguments are completely garbage.

    Here's what I think.
    Majority of Jessica Nigri's cosplays are derivative cosplays. They are not an attempt a replicating and roleplaying a character the way they are designed, (this being the more traditional type of cosplay), rather, she takes her own spin on these character. It's awesome and this expresses a great level of creativity as well as taking advantage of creative freedom allowed by derivative cosplays. (gijinka cosplays and genderbend cosplays would fall under this catagory)
    She does plenty of amazing derivative cosplays, including the AC3 genderbend Connor that made her so famous. But there's something in common with all her derivative designs. Cleavage and Boobs. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but almost every single one flaunts her boobs so blatantly to the point many critics of Jessica Nigri would experience "boobie fatigue". This isn't really a big problem (no pun intended) until we get to characters that should not be boobified to begin with.

    Characters like Pokemon's Red (or Ash) and Borderland's Tiny Tina are young pre-teenage characters. Jessica Nigri's derivative designs sexualizes them by adding to their design the Boobs of Doom. These characters have been sexualized before, but that doesn't make it right for her to follow suit. The common sentiments is that in doing so, she shows she does not understand the heart and spirit of these characters, something many cosplayers find offensive (to the point that it's sort of a cardinal sin of cosplay).

    I'm not sure if Jessica Nigri actually does understand all her characters, or if she commits that "cardinal sin" because I'm not her, nor am I her friend. I wouldn't know that because all I know about her person is just pictures on the internet. But it's easy to come to that conclusion after seeing booby picture after booby picture, and Nigri's PR doesn't reach out to quell that.

    Another factor is her fanbase. At least 80% of her fanbase is HORRIBLE. Armies of teenage and middle aged men who worship her and take every opportunities to oogle at her body. Armies of sex-ed up people defending her simply because "she's hot" or "she has it, she should flaunt it" without understanding some level of the cosplay culture regarding "is it okay to boobify a character or not". Also, these fans tend to only share her booby pictures. Pictures like Tiny "Titty" Tina, The Kenways genderbend, her Boobilicious Pikachu (which makes me wanna dig my eye out cus C'MON! It's like getting Terry Crews to be some sexy Mickey Mouse in a Calvin Klein Ad. You can do it, but FOR WHAT!?).

    What most people don't see are her more modest, more respectable and IMHO, more beautiful cosplays such as her Princess Momonoke, (but even so, these are like so rare in her portfolio)

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    1. "Boob Abuse"? Oh Harriett! Simply put, she does it because she knows that it's what the people want. Via ze mesos! And all that sort of thing.

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    2. And that is why the Attention Whore argument against her is quite legitimate.

      If she would just stop exploiting her position as a sexual icon for a while, if she would stop spamming cleavage for a while, it would do wonders for her PR.

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    3. Thanks for the comment, much appreciated. I disagree that she's an 'attention whore', but i think it is clear that she understands that her body is a major selling point, so she uses it. Everyone has their own thoughts on what should be sexed up and what shouldn't, and thats fair enough. To each their own. But just because someone disagrees with what she's doing, does not mean she should be the target of abuse.
      No one is forced to look at her photos, and if someone doesn't like it, they can easily remove her from their feed with a few simple clicks.
      If you don't like it, don't look at it. Simple.

      Thanks for the comment, much appreciated. :-)

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    4. I can understand and appreciate that logic, and for me on a personal level, it is actually quite sufficient. I view her cosplays that I like, and ignore her cosplays that I disagree with.

      And I understand people who disagree with the notion or arguments that she's an attention whore, especially people who know her personally.
      But I do hope her defenders have a clearer idea where some of the flak is coming from.

      In other news, I see her decision not to take part in Heroes of Cosplay to be a clever and savvy one. Nobody needs that kind of attention. *thumbs up*

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    5. In what way is Pikachu or Squirtle so sacred to you that creating a.. non-canon costume of them a bad thing? Even if said costume includes *gasp* cleavage?
      I'd also posit that Tiny Tina is a sexual character, albeit in a wildly unusual and tragically ignorant way.
      Much, if not most, geek fodder- movies, comics, manga, etc. is highly sexualized. No harm in adding a little more silliness.
      And you seem to have missed (or chosen to miss) the part where Ms. Nigri is a model.
      She does business by looking good in her amazing creations.
      Adding a touch, even a bunch, of cleave doesn't make her attention whore, it makes her a savvy businesswoman.
      Covering up to meet your apparent high-canon or perhaps Victorian sensibilities wouldn't help her business, nor her "PR".
      After all: haters are, indeed, gonna hate.

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    6. Great article... only thing I disagree with is that Jessica actually makes 90% of her costumes. Her tailoring skill is definately Master Artisan!!

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    7. Antipaladin, what you fail to understand is that it's not just one or two cosplays she does this. It's EVERY cosplay. Believe it or not, some people actually look view cosplay for something other than cleavage, such as the accurac,of the costume itself or hell the picture itself, possibly relating to the cosplay's origin game or show based on background, lighting, effects, etc.

      Nigri has a tendency to just take the photo, without taking much consideration into where or how it's taken, so long at it's "hot", and honestly that can lead to mixed or even bad views.

      I don't think people hate on Nigri because of her assets and fame, moreso level of bland and lack of depth in her photos. I personally can't stand to see another Nigri pic, because already know what to expect. Does it mean I hate her? No, not necessarily. Just don't acknowledge her work as genius like her thirsty fans. Lol

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  24. No doubt, the hottest cosplayer in the entrire world

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  25. Very well said. This expressed many of my own thoughts so I truly enjoyed seeing this in public view. Bravo

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  26. I guess maybe some of the hate comes from people thinking she might treat it as a business somewhat. Cosplaying and fandom are about passion, a deep love for a certain character and/or franchise. And some fans resent their hobby being monetized.

    Not saying they're right about it, though.

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  27. So nice to see someone speak up positively and sensibly. Especially on someone who's doing what they love and thriving through it :)

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  28. All the hate is just jealousy. Jessica's smoking hot, seems really nice to fans, has a great and cool job that takes her all over the world. All the while some frumpy or feminist girl that is hating because she can't pull off the same cosplay outfits (And shouldn't. REMEMBER: Spandex is a privilege NOT a right.) or some fat, nerd is upset because a woman like her wouldn't look their way. So basically all the hate comes from pathetic and immature losers with no life so they need to crap on person with one.
    It's funny that fans of comics would act like that seeing as how Jessica looks pretty close to the women drawn that men want and women want to be. (whether they admit it or not). Those people need to grow up and get a clue because women like Jessica aren't going away any time soon if anything they're popularity is growing so either be cool or shut up.

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    2. Its your opinion of 'some fat, nerd' that is what makes a lot of people upset. Respect all cosplays, not just the 'hot' ones. Alot of passion and love is put into these outfits and you should respect that fact.
      Nerds are not going away any time soon either and they are where the cosplay started.

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  29. My fetish for blondes started with her. I'll leave it at that.

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  30. "Majority of Jessica Nigri's cosplays are derivative cosplays. They are not an attempt a replicating and roleplaying a character the way they are designed, (this being the more traditional type of cosplay), rather, she takes her own spin on these character. It's awesome and this expresses a great level of creativity as well as taking advantage of creative freedom allowed by derivative cosplays"

    If with "derivate cosplay" you mean fix every single costume to show her boobs the yeah, she do a great job on that.

    I dont consider her a cosplayer, and i do think that she is an attention whore, why? because in every single god dammit video or pic she show her boobs. She knows how to lure the crowd, >>>>boobs<<<< the 99% of her cosplays are modified to show boobs, and this is really pathetic.

    She is good looking and have an amazing body, that is undeniable, but the only reason of why people follow here is this: http://i2.listal.com/image/5446026/600full.jpg Acept it and get over it!

    And... btw... i met her on a comicon in SF and i have to say that she is veeeeeeeeeeeery anoying.... she is just the body belive me, she have no bran AT ALL!

    PD: there is a lot of white knights on this post.... ¬¬ yet to say that nigri is a cosplayer, is like saying that a beettle can race in nascar... yeh it have wheels and shit, but its just not that good

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    1. And I agree with that point about the boob spammage. It is the single most legitimate criticism that is undeniable against this lady. She does it even though she does not need to do it. It brings her attention, it brings her money. I can respect that. But the blatant pandering to her horrible audience is unbearable.

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    2. "She has no bran AT ALL."

      ...do I even dare?

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    4. Bran Stark's busy warging in the North beyond the wall. Of course she has no Bran.

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    5. Your spelling and grammar are horrible, you're incapable of writing complete sentences in proper English, and you criticize her because a part of her body (which she can't detach!) appears in every photo of her. And you think she's the one with no brain? Wow.

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  31. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jessica in person several times. With that, I can tell you that her personality is, by far, her most remarkable trait. Yes, she is pretty. Yes, she is a celebrity. But she is a great human being and that in itself is more than enough to refute all of the hate she gets. I, personally, don't understand it.

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  32. I like this article; less hate more love. Met her at E3 last year, and though her exhaustion was noticeable from a long day of doing what she does, she still greeted me and my crew with a smile. Oh, she gives the best hugs... EVER.

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  33. Haters are always going to find something to hate about. Jessica is beautiful, and amazing at pulling off difficult cosplays. She's hilarious as well! I find her to be an inspiration, since I'm interested in cosplay. People hate her based on petty things, and jealousy. She's an amazing individual that doesn't deserve the hate. Unfortunately, it seems to come with the job.

    Michelle
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  34. Jessica is pretty cool and the haters just need to go away.

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  35. Personally I've never really seen anything negative about cosplay - other than people referring to all the haters out there. Where? And - why give them any attention by listening to them? It makes no sense, it's just some good clean fun. Well - I suppose unless you're one of those people who think that cleavage is some afront to their deity, lol. But seriously, who would really care what they say?
    Anyway, keep it up, JN ... come out to L.A. and maybe we can shoot a scene or something! (We'll set up some fight choreography or some kind of action sequence ... could be some fun.) ;-)

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    1. It kind of gets to you after a while when a con starts doing costume contests and you get excited and read the rules only to read that commissioned costumes are not allowed...and the person writing the rules seems to have gone out of their way to make the wording as rude as possible. Then you get on the con forums and suggest that maybe they start a for fun contest category and get hateful comments. So fine I'll be a good sport and just wear it without being able to fully pPARTICIPATE in the con I'm paying to attend but then people come up to you and hate on your costume because "you obviously didn't make that."

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    2. I don't know how participate got capitalized, sorry. What I get for posting from my phone :p

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  36. I can sum up all the hate in one word. Jealousy. Jealous of her looks, jealous of her success and bitter at their own lack of success, or under developed sense of self worth.

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  37. Wonderful article and thank you for it. IF SHE DOES, I do not see the problem with a celebrity in the cosplay community wearing costumes made by someone else especially if it is someone trying to break into the cosplay costume industry themselves. We do not fault models or stars for wearing cloths designed by others to promote the business of major clothing designers. So then what would be wrong with a cosplay celebrity wearing a costume made for them from a new cosplay costume designer hoping to pay their bills by selling costumes to cosplay fans. Personally I would applaud a cosplay celebrity for helping out their fellow fans and artist in this way. Especially, and I did hear this once at a convention by a cosplay performer at her booth, for the record it was not Jessica, say "Thanks, this is a gorgeous costume isn't it. I didn't make this one though. It was made by ............ . They are long time friends of mine and have a booth over in section ....... Go look at their outfits. They are all this gorgeous." And as for Jessica Nigri, whom I do follow on facebook, yes it was her photo's that caught my attention and led me to her page but it was her silly and quirky sense of humor and personality that shows in her posts that keeps me reading. Seriously, if she was even half as much of an attention whore that the trolls claim it would show and she wouldn't be as popular as she is. Geek's and cosplay fans are picky about their community selected celebrities and if they are arrogant or vain they are tossed a side.

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  38. When she on CGL she was extremely racist although she seems to have cleaned up her act alot now but before she was famous she was just a horrid person online.

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  39. Working with Jessica on numerous photo shoots for almost a year now I'd like to say that she has been nothing but awesome, humble, generous, and kind. I'm happy to consider her my friend :)

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  40. The only ones who hate on her are ugly women who are not content with themselves. You see it all the time the ugly woman putting down the good looking ones. Knowing damn well that if they had the looks and were given the opportunity they would be doing the same thing. I've seen this happen to many women cosplayers/celebrities/women I know IRL. It's everywhere and it's ridiculous. Now the men that hate are either gay or know they can't pull someone like her. It's a pyschological thing in their head and is also ridiculous. Good read and thanks for posting this.

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  41. Most cosplay competitions require that you make your own costumes. Some allow another person to model them, but normally it's the costume competing and not the person, in that case. Saying a cosplayer doesn't make their own costumes is a good way to try and ruin their career as a cosplayer (this happened recently to a friend of mine).

    I find it amusing, that a lot of the haters seem male. Women who show off their beauty in cosplay are attention whores, those who aren't attractive enough (in their standards) are hated on. You can't win.

    It's sad really... How much is jealousy and how much is resentment...

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  42. To anyone who wasn't sure nigri does make about 80 to 90% of her costumes the only thing she buys ( as she explained in her Facebook page) are gloves small props and such, I don't know where she get the time but she proves it very well in her Facebook page.

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  43. I applaud anyone who can make a living in this crazy world and, especially, in this post-nuked economy. Would it be OK if she worked for minimum wage in somewhere like McDonald's? Would that be OK for the haters? I doubt it. Pretty girls get hate everywhere and she'd get exactly the same comments, just from a smaller but more personal circle of acquaintances. If she doesn't make her own costumes, so what? I use a computer to write my sci-fi and horror stories. Should I spend a year or so painstakingly constructing a computer from scratch before I can start doing something at which I'm actually good rather than something I'm not ie Popular Mechanics level DIY Computing for Idiots? Not everyone in cosplay is also a brilliant seamstress or tailor and I'd rather see a good cosplayer in a brilliant costume than something that looks like it was a Smiffy's reject. You go girl. If they're hating it means you're winning!

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  44. After all she is in the eye of the tornado (as someone says) even if she is hated or loved, she is there and look... we are talking about her... we are searching for her and we are paying attention to what she does.. I think that's fame, that's being a public person and she chose being that. For me she is a succesful cosplayer and i know how tough can be making a disguise. A good one... May she continue doing what she likes... Applause.

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  45. hablan que puede ser puta o muestra mucho sus atributos físicos pero para personificar los personajes de películas,juegos o anime necesitas un cuerpo voluptuoso atractivo sobre todo en el busto ella calza perfectamente en eso aparte de su encanto que la hace muy popular, la gente habla mal de ella por simple envidia porque les gustaría tener la belleza y el encanto que ella tiene :)

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  46. Who cares if she does a 100% of her costumes or not. Who cares if she enjoys the attention. Why should she have to justify these points. In the end of it all It is the eventually the result that she comes up with. There is no denying that the final work is excellent, why not just enjoy the results. I doubt anybody, anywhere has achieve any excellent results without help from anyone else. So why would she? Just enjoy her work if you like it and stop judging.

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  47. Of course she's ungodly gorgeous from ANY angle... but more than that she's freakin' cool!! one of the coolest women i've ever "not yet met"... she's intelligent, sassy, cool, funny, and every straight guy's vision of the perfect girlfriend/wife... she likes star wars, video games, and chillin.. she took her best assets/talents and made a cash cow business from them, and she's considerate and thoughtful in the way she does charity too!! all around a beautiful person... and let the prudes talk shite about her... from the interviews and things i've read, she's got more class in her little finger than most of the shite talkers have in their whole existence... rock on Jessica!

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  48. Even though she just uses her boobs to gain fame and fans, at least she is trying to cosplay. I give her props for trying.

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  49. I think the reason i like her is because she is honest about showing off her boobs, she admits when her costumes are sexy and such she doesn't beat around the bush and show off her body then cry when someone says something about her boobs that she clearly is OK with showing off. I think she's a more rateable cosplayer in a way since she seems more down to earth and honest about what she does. I buy my costumes too i don't have time or the knowledge and money to make them myself sometimes but cosplay is cosplay. Personally i think she represents the cosplay industry better then YaYa Han though Vampy Bit Me is my favorite famous cosplayer <3.

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  50. Came here because she posted the link on her Facebook page with a positive comment. Good post, might want to work on the formatting though :P

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  51. I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica at Montreal Comic Con and got to talk to her. I didn't ask if she made all of her costumes though, but considering she was judging workmanship in the masquerade, I'm fairly certain she at least knows what goes into making a good costume.

    She's a very pleasant person to talk to, and I did ask her about some of the comments she'd received over the years. And she takes most of them with a grain of salt, as a lot of what of haters say about her isn't true. And let's face it, haters do what they do best, hate on everything.

    If I had the chance to meet her again, I'd happily go and see her :)

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  52. I like her, especially since I know she's making most of her costumes. But she should concentrate on being a costume maker instead of being mere material for geeks who wants to jerk off over her on the internet. She should come up with a couple more elaborate costumes, and not sell her body and pretty face, but sell the costume instead for once, if she wants to prove people she's not only big tits and blonde hair, since that's what cosplay is supposed to be about, the costume. Of course there's going to be bad comments about her if she dresses up like a slut, and she's probably aware of it.

    And about that attention whore shit, everybody is, but many don't have anything to offer to get it, so they hate.

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  53. "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."

    You are giving trolls way to much credit. They don't forget, they just simply don't care. The anonymity of the net has bred special jerks. Jessica is above them and I pray doesn't even give them a seconds notice. The negativity just helps capitalize on how ignorant and anti-social the trolls are.

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  54. She is a woman that knows how to drive her business. It is her own choice weather she makes provocative or not. Women need to stop saying that it is an insult to all women when they have the choice not to look at her cosplay. For many females out there; Stop being jealous about what she has and that she knows how to use it to her advantage.

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  55. I'm not saying she has no talent etc.
    I just think that she could try some stuff without pushing her tits up to her chin, because in 95% of her cosplays she weast that +2 cup sizes bombshell bra.
    If she would like some attention because of her ACTUAL cosplays, and not because of her boobs, maybe she should try highlighting something else than her carefully engineered clevage. Because that's what she's doing now, and she knows it, and she enjoys it. So why should it be weird that people call her out on it? If she didn't like it, she'd change, but she knows EXACTLY what she's doing.

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    1. And how do you know exactly what kind of bra she is wearing in 95% of her cosplays? I'm pretty positive she doesn't wear bombshell bras seeing that her boobs are big on their own. She also wears like, what, a DD bra size? Where do you expect her to put her boobs, she has to make a costume that fits according to her boob size. So by making her costumes to a size to fit her boobs, yeah they're going to show.

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    2. ...because she has said so herself when asked previously.

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  56. Exactly and that is her choice. Is what she doing hurting your everyday living? If not you need to stop calling her out, especially when it not changing anything. In all it's her business she makes new customers and she loses others as long as she is successful in doing so people should leave it alone if they don't like it.

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    1. Funny that your definition of freedom seems : some can have it and others have to close their mouth.
      If she has the right to make her choice, I think people can have the right to make their own opinion. Furthermore when her business is to be a "public celebrity".

      It's her business, true, and people can don't like it and say it.
      I don't like bmw. I am an horrible man just because I say that ?

      And it can actually "hurt" people to see that cosplay is finally a "business" as you say and based on the fact to have a hot and sexy body.
      It's the same fact that when you see that a sport starting to be more a business based on money than a real sport. It's not the better who win, but the one with more money. That's also their choice but by the fact that it is a public entertainment, people complained about it, and thats normal.

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  57. She got famous for her boobs by guyx and her cosplays by girls. end of story.

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  58. i think i speak for everyone when i say, id give my left nut to have her!

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  60. As someone who has met Jessica in person, and who has several friends who are quite close to her, I can say that Jessica is an absolutely charming person, eloquent speaker, and a genuinely nice person.

    Let's face facts here, the internet is obsessed with, and terrified by, attractive women who make money with their appearance. Jessica is, physically, everything 'society' says a beautiful woman is supposed to be. That makes her a prime target for everyone on the internet with an agenda against the 'blonde bombshell problem.' I don't see anyone getting fired up over the equally-attractive girls who make their own costumes, then prance around acting like giggling tarts, and so much of the hate comes because people think she's 'fake.'

    I love cosplay, but for pete's sake, some of the people in the cosplay community are vitriolic and offensive.

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  61. i think people are upset because she's ruining the cosplay scene. just because she's cute or hot in an outfit somebody made for her doesn't mean she's aw some. everyone on here seems to say they love her because she does what she loves and shes good at it but in actuality everybody would love her job. she gets paid to travel the world and put on an outfit . thats how hard her job is and if she doesn't make her costumes or at least design them, it makes it even more unappreciative and hard to respect. furthermore, people do cosplay to express the love for something, maybe its anime, maybe its a movie, or maybe its just a video game but when companies start paying random people to dress up for their conventions who have no real interest in these activities (anime, videogames) its kind of a slap in the face. in short, people don't dislike her because she looks good, its because she makes a living dressing up as characters she never heard of, and otherwise wouldn't even know they exist.

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    1. How the F do you know what characters she knows or heard of? that's the part that bothers me, how the F do you know that? you just assume that because she look good, i bet she can beat 90% of the people that goes to Comicon on a anime/videogame quiz

      this affirmation is completely random and lacks any kind of credibility, ruins your entire point

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    2. ok, then how do you know she does? do you ever see anything on her pages like "this is my favorite pokemon" or "this is my best character in league of legends". no. she is just a model behind a cosplay title, i don't have any hatred towards her but it still bugs true cosplayers. the only counter argument out there is the one you presented, which is how do we know she doesn't know the characters she dress's as. odds are she doesn't, not because shes hot, but because she's a model and i bet she research's. the character she has to dress as before a show but that doesn't count and being a cosplayer. she is a model. if she ever posts anything about some of the characters she has dressed as i will apologize. but i doubt that will ever happen.

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    3. Wow just fing wow, another high and mighty cosplayer making judgements about other peoples work, who says that to be a true cosplayer you have to be exactly like the character in your design, creative liscence isn't wanted, really? So all the girls who dress up as guys aren't true cosplayers because they aren't playing the correct gender? Its people like you that make the whole community look like a bunch of whining losers, she makes her stuff and its creative liscence get over it.

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    4. Sorry but desagree. That's not what make the community worst.
      I hope that you are not saying that creative liscense are better than copy the character. They are both greats but the first aim of cosplay is to play a character.
      Then and concerning creative license, there is the real question. The question is : If it's done in a sexy way, does that mean that it's a good cosplay ?
      And if not why pictures of sexy cosplay are more viral, more shares than some really great cosplay (included creative liscence).

      There is an easy way to see if it's true or not. Just put a very poor but sexy "cosplay" on internet and see how many views it got. Then put a really great cosplay and look at it. I am sure everybody already know the answer.
      That's not the fault of Jessica Nigiri. It was always like that. I remember 15 years ago, some cosplayer were put in the "babe of the show" pages.
      And now some people are aware about this. Some cosplayer don't want to be see as "sexy babe" even if they undersexualise the character they are cosplaying and at the same time other cosplayer sexualise some cosplay! That can't hardly fit together ...

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  62. Even though you're article is good. It's missing one huge thing. Costumes.

    Cosplay is all about one thing: Costumes. Or at least it SHOULD.

    I'm not a Jessica Nigri hater, nor I am a lover. I actually quite admire her for what she achieved: she makes a living out it. And that, wheather you like it or nor, is in fact very impressive. And just for that: "bravo !".
    But who's to applause or to blame ? Her ? Or the audiance/community ?

    When I say Cosplay is about costumes, most of you would probably say "captain obvious ! look at her, she's in costumes !".
    Well, yes. And no. Look at it. What is most put forward ? Herself, or the costume ? Put aside the fact that you hate or love her. Try to think about it.
    Couple of example: The "Teemo" or the "Pikachu". Why is the "cosplay" good/nice to look at ? Because the costume is well made ? Or because we can see how hot she is ?
    Now, put the same costume on a girl with very small or no breast at all, 40 pounds more, and an eye that doesn't look strait. Will it still be so good ?
    Be honest. It won't.
    Why ? Because we (we as the general public/opinion) like Jessica Nigri's work more for her than for her costume. They might be very well made, but put them on someone else, it won't have the same result.
    Even the "Conor" from AS3, which looks really great, quality speaking, is half naked. Why ? Because that's what works.
    And that's what I hate about this "cosplay".
    One of the most important, if not THE most important criteria when you cosplay for a contest is how close your costume is from the original piece of work. And Jessica has very, very, few that follow this criteria. (That Borderlands 2 Moxxy is really incredible, but it's only one out of many). Another one is how difficult the costume was to make. And here again, Jessica's work is rarely challenging. Attention, I'm not saying everything she does is shit and easy. Sewing can be very challenging. Just that sewing is more approachable than working with fiberglass, latex or resign and even wood.

    In the end, my problem, or concern, doesn't come from Jessica directly. But more from the public. The community gives her so much credits and thinks this is cosplay, what I would personnally call "costumed modeling". I have no problems with that whatsoever, just don't call that "teemo" and "pikachu" cosplay... Name it like it deserves: Costumed Modeling, or Modeling with a costume, or whatever you like. Not cosplay.

    She gets more than a million like/follower for her "cosplay" work, let's face it, just because she's hot (and she really is). (and I'm not blaming her).
    When, on some other places on internet you have humongusly talented cosplayers who make incredibly difficult/skilled/badass cosplays and are barely known from the public (I'm talking about the same public/community/cosplayer group of people), why ? Because they are not hot / don't have boobs.
    And that's a shame.

    I'm talking about Fabricator Djinn for example, or Master Le Cosplay's who does some death blowing Ironman suits and has only 5k likes. Or give a look at Shoko and Jérôme Cosplay work. You won't find boobs there. That's for sure. But you will find some of the most talented Cosplayer out there.


    So overall, I think most people who don't like her is because for them, she doesn't do cosplay (for most of her costume), it's more a "über sexy personification" of any given character. Which result in my opinion in Modeling with a costume. And most people who like her don't realize it's not so much cosplay...

    https://www.facebook.com/FabricatorDjinn?fref=ts
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Le-Cosplays/148347661858709?fref=ts
    https://www.facebook.com/ShokoJeromeCosplay

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  63. I don't know if you're really into the cosplay comunity, but... If a cosplayer does't make their own costumes, they can't be called a cosplayer.. they're just wearing a costume, using it for the show. A cosplayer MUST do their own cosplay. This doesn't mean they can't get help, buy some stuff, but for a real cosplayer to be respected, they must be involved in the process of fabricating the clothes, weapons, accesories, etc.

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    1. My local con's masquerade always has both a "presentation" category and a "craftsmanship" category, so that both people who get their costumes commissioned, or closet cosplays, or whatever, can get the same opportunity to participate as those of us who make our own costumes. I'm always in the later category, but I've always liked that my con has a place for both.

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  64. ^^^ completely agree, even if they don't assemble the cosplay outfit, they at least have to design it. it shows their admiration for the character they are cosplaying. those who simply wear a costume show they have to knowledge the character they are dressed as, proving they are just their for aesthetic(aka, their looks).

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  65. I came for the pic, stayed for the pic, came from the pic, then noticed there were words a little bit later.

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  66. well in life you cant be loved by everyone no matter how attractive or nice you are to people best thing to do is keep your head straight and don't let me people bring you down good luck on your career

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  67. I have seen her tons of times at Con's. She is so hot in person, I can't even go up and talk to her.

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  69. I am not a hater of Jessica Nigiri, I don't think she is stupid too, but I don't really like what she does. And you explain all the reasons why but you just say "that's not important" "this one too" "that one too". But for me it is, and the addition of all of them is too.

    You start by "she is a celebrity" and I think that's enough.... She is a celebrity but motivated by her body. Because you can also be a celebrity for another reason, it's not always due to your body.
    But we all know that if she gets 50 kilos more and even if she is still doing greats cosplay, she gonna loose more than half of followers, fans and stuff like this.

    She makes that choice, even if she is a sister or daughter or else, she choose to earn money thanks to her body. Nice for her if she can do that, but it's also mean that she knows that she have to deals with the bad part of the job. We all have that. And the only reasons why you take her defense is because ... she is a celebrity. Do you defend people who does dirty jobs and been paid nothing for that ?

    I mean, put this in the context of everybody everyday life. It's easy to forget that she is a person with feeling but it's also easy to forget that others are too.

    Concerning the cosplay and costume, it's really not against Jessica, but your args are really not good at all. I mean, it is the job of other cosplayers to do their costume? As you say, do they pay ther bills or whatever with that ? If yes, it's a shame, if not I think we can appologies them if they do cosplay only on sunday, right ?

    At the end, if I was in front of Jessica, I should not ask her for a picture or tell her "I don't like what you do" but just ask her "why ?".what is your real motivation about doing this? And probably the worst but the most interest questions, that we should all ask herself : what do you think is your place in our world ? what do your bring to people ?

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  70. As a long-time fan of the cosplay culture and amateur cosplayer myself I can say I don’t dislike Jessica Nigri. She seems like a really nice person and good overall human being, liked and disliked in equal measure by everyone who meets her at conventions. So as a person I have no issue with her or what she does, however I do have an issue how she goes about cosplaying. So instead of being a troll and attacking her person, I will rather discuss why I dislike her as a cosplayer. I find that she really over sexualizes some her outfits, yes some of the characters she cosplays as do have revealing outfits. And yes I am a hot blooded male who enjoys looking at woman in revealing outfits, but when you start showing more skin than actual costume then it is not cosplaying any-more.

    Take a look at her Pickachu outfit and ask yourself why are you enjoying looking at it? Is it because the costume is well made and though out? Or because it is really hot and sexual in a way? Taking a character out of a book/game/comic and making it sexual when the character had/has no sexuality so to speak of kind of ruins a cosplay for me rather quickly. As demonstrated by her Pickachu/Wampa outfit. I have no issue with people cosplaying steam-punk version of a book/game/comic character or cross-playing (Changing the sex of the character.) But since when did Pickachu and Wampa wear short skirts and showed off cleavage? I do however applaud her for using what God gave her and making money out of it and enjoying it.

    Also if what is said is true and she does not make her own outfits then what is the point really of cosplaying then? The whole idea of cosplaying is wearing an outfit you made. If you are wearing someone else’s creation then you are just a glorified runway model in my opinion. The process of fabricating the clothes, weapons and accessories is what makes cosplay such a fun hobby and something everyone can admire for the skill that was involved in making these items and then wearing them. Also when cosplaying the most important criteria when you cosplay is how close your costume is from the original character. And in that regard very few of Jessica’s outfits follow that criteria.

    Designing your own cosplay outfit and making it as close as possible to what the character looks like, shows you admiration for the book/game/comic character they are cosplaying as. And let’s be brutally honest here she is not getting millions of likes and followers because of her skill as a cosplayer, but because she is hot which she really is and I cannot blame or fault her for using that fact to her advantage. But out there are more talented cosplayers who make incredibly difficult cosplay outfits and are barely known from the public why? Because they are not hot or have a pair of boobs that are a prominent part of your cosplay outfits. And that is a shame. Maybe I am just a traditionalist when it comes to cosplaying. *shrug*

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  71. I don't really know Jessica Nigri, I came here lured by the pictures interested in who that was. BUT I do know something about debating and some of your arguments are REALLY bad.

    For example you write (I paraphrase) "some people call her attention whore...but she gets money for being an attention whore so she isn't one"...what?

    Or the "buying costumes argument": If other cosplayers buy their costumes too...who says they don't deserve criticism too? There is a big distinction between a cosplayer and a booth babe and it is mainly that the cosplayer makes his own costume.

    And the breast thing...so she shows her breasts to get more views, people criticize it and you defend it by saying "but that's part of her job"? It is a good business dicision to do so, but that doesn't invalidate the criticism, because I really doubt this targets her skills as businesswoman. She could maybe just post pictures showing off her boobs in normal clothes and would get a huge amount of followers and make good money. This kinda invalidates her quality of being a cosplayer.

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  72. Whenever there is a demand, a business opportunity arises! She just works with this because there are those who pay for it. And they only pay for it because there is an audience that enjoys it. In short - she gives what the people want! His detractors are losers who envy her - feel jealous of what she has and what she is!

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  73. I for one do not hate her. I do have respect for her, it takes a lot to do what she does in cosplay. The act of doing it, the courage to be judged by so many people. But I notice that the majority of the comments on her "defending" her are from men. That is apparently her audience and who she shows off to. I love cosplay and my 14 yr old daughter likes to go with me and wants to cosplay to but I won't let her much to do with Jessica because she caters to her male audience. She could choose to be a better influence on the younger audience interested in joining cosplay. My daughter is a teenager and there for has had the who teenage self image issues and bully-ing, seeing Jessica flaunt herself in a sexual manner sends a message to my daughter that I do not approve of as a mother. I am sorry but these comments aren't because of how I look, I am happy with my looks. All you men out there applauding her for her body and showing it off are just proving to be typically male. I hope that someday it isn't your daughter flaunting her body. Like I said I have respect for Jessica and her courage, self esteem, and etc. I just wish she was a better influence on younger females. (This world has become very sexual based and has lost most, if not all of it's morals)

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    1. Amen, thats the point here, to do real cosplay, or to show off meat.........apeal for a real talent to do something, or to be the wet dream of many men........that's the point, jessica does the second, and that makes other cosplayers that are more talented give up because showing meat is the bussines here and not to do amazing stuff in cosplay.,

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  74. I know this has nothing to do with the article, however...the grammar... "So why have I written this?..." Wrote, wrote, WROTE...

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  75. I'm not saying that she's a stupid bimbo or something ...that would be preposterous. But I think now that she has achieved some kind of popularity she could be a shining example and stop showing her breasts of every damn time. Sure - Sex sells, but she could make something less sexistic at least sometimes....no ?

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  76. She is an attention whore. any online celeb is. most females are in general as well. as for her making her own costumes I believe she does with some creative help from her parents which I believe may be in art. I don't however agree with the misuse of her physical attributes. she flaunts her chest and stomach far too much. however she understands what sells and happens to use this to her advantage. she is a bit coincided a like bitchy and stuckup, yet the public has made her this way. I started following back when she started and have notice a change in her.

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  77. Someone that primes her body over talent to do something does not deserve respect thats all, she runs a bussines, not as a cosplayer but as a sexual figure, so, looking her as a cosplayer when she show her breast so prominent....is the same that triyng to look at britney spears for how she sing when is clear that she sell sexual desires............period

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  78. I'm friends with one of Jessica's friends and have helped Jessica build several of her props. She is a crack up. She doesn't take herself too seriously. She shows up in work clothes and gets to work. I showed her how to use several of the saws and she goes to town. She is a talented seamstress. She works hard at Cosplay. She is a Gamer too. She is not some "Booth Babe" that found fame in Cosplay.

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    1. This is exactly why I have the utmost respect for her; she's totally derp and a real geek and it seems natural and not an act at all. I can't stand people who put up a façade for fame, or at all really. Not denying she doesn't look good, but that's just a bonus. She cracks me up as well.

      Heroes of Cosplay made me respect people who fabricate and make their own outfits for Cons, even though the show was heavily dramatized and concentrated too much on the drama and too little on skills. I do understand why though, it wouldn't have the same appeal on TV if it wasn't a reality show with lots of drama.

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  79. I think that there is different debate here, and even if you can linked them all to Jessica Nigir, you can also separate them.

    One debate is about doing the costume or not. Everybody as his own opinion on it. For me, I think that I you do it just for fun and if you don't have lot of time it's too bad to not make the costume but it's not a big problem. I mean, if you find a replica of a gun, or a hat wich really look like the one you need, does not really mater if you buy them. Then when you are a professional, it is different. It's like singing. If what you want is sing in the karaoke with your friend, it does not matter if you are a bad singer. But then, if you are or to want to be a pro, or just go to the scene then do not know how to sing is a shame.

    The other debate is : is Jessica Nigiri a good person or not ? And when you look at all the comment, you see that people agree with the fact that she is a nice person, and she is smart. But they also all agree with the fact that she rules her business, based on her body. Which is another debate.

    So the last one is probably the most important one. It is to know if it's normal that cosplaying is a business first based on the body and then on the costume. Because I appologise to Jessica Nigiri but even if she has great cosplay, the cosplay which lead her to be famous is the "Pikachu". And even if I recognize a good idea, I am not sure that a cosplay composed of a bra, a microskirt, ears and tail should be in the 10 best cosplay ever. But it is. And if anybody else without those kind of body did the same, he or she should never have this kind of success. Which in fact is more logical.
    And when cosplayer loose a litle bit of your popularity, just show more skin and here it go again. It's really like show-business. It's look like cosplay is not based on fun but it's a cos-business based on "sexy".
    I would love that somebody proof me that I am wrong. I do not say that to hurt people but really because I see that, I feel that, and it seems bad to me.

    I really do love cosplay, I do love Cosplayer and I hope the best for every of them (Jessica Nigiri included) but there is something I don't like in cosplaying : it shows some bad part of the world. It shows that if you want something, if you want to succed, take the road of "sexy". You want a promotion ? Well, sleep with your boss. It's really the same idea!
    And that's an image that people out of cosplay have in mind, more and more. When you say that you do cosplay they don't think "they are those strange people, you know?" but more "they like to be half naked". And it's look like the community of cosplay do not try to avoid it, but worst they play with it. Some of them tickle people with that.
    Great.
    Fore sure that a business, the Ponzi scheme is also a business....

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    1. Thanks Alex, you were able to put better words than me on pretty much the same idea I had about this. Iarch too, and some others.

      What buggs me about Jessica Nigri is that people think this is cosplay (people outside from the Cosplay world mostly, but also people from inside). I think we agree that since she's more famous because of her body than her costumes, she does more modeling than cosplaying. Nothing is wrong with that, as far as I am concerned. What's wrong is the message.
      Hope I made my point clear :s

      I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who thinks like that. And for all people who love Jessica "as a cosplayer", please do yourself a favor and go check some real cosplay badass masters...
      Let me put again the links I posted earlier (and a couple more):

      https://www.facebook.com/FabricatorDjinn?fref=ts
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Le-Cosplays/148347661858709?fref=ts
      https://www.facebook.com/ShokoJeromeCosplay
      https://www.facebook.com/VolpinProps?fref=ts
      And so many more...

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