The Spiderman cosplayers on the edge of the exhibition centre and watch the other attendees go by. Attention to detail was paid seriously to both weapons and makeup, making many of the attendees look like they had jumped straight out of a comic book’s pages. Elsewhere in the stands, another reveller showed off a costume that made it look as if US President Donald Trump was giving him a piggyback. She is among a growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia who are taking part in “hijab” costume play, finding creative ways to incorporate the head covering into colourful fantasy costumes.
Hijab cosplay is a new phenomenon that appears to be growing in appeal among the wider Muslim community. Yanti’s fashions are inspired by Disney and Japanese anime characters, with artful hijab designs that resemble wigs or hoods. DC Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two giants of the field, both enjoy wide popularity across the Middle East, which is also home to a wide fanbase of Japanese anime. Sophie, who is known by her moniker PeachMilkyTea, suffered from extreme shyness while living at home in Bangor. Being online has taught me to have really thick skin but once in a while a comment will really hit me where it hurts.
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She added: ‘Hate comments on both YouTube and my other social media sites are not uncommon. Wigs of course are very important, but I also wear ‘circle lenses’,’ Sophie said. In fact, when she bought her first costume, she was too nervous to wear it, but after attending a convention in her ordinary clothes, she felt disappointed in herself and extremely jealous of the other cosplay players there. I’ve attended the same convention every year after and I’m always wearing cosplay outfits. Costumed roleplay, which can feature revealing outfits and elaborate hair styles, has long been part of the fan culture linked to anime and comics. A robotic comic book fan holds up a gloved hand and listens to music outside Liverpool Exhibition centre.