Fashion Friday: ‘Heroes of Cosplay’

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This week’s edition of Fashion Friday is focusing on SyFy‘s new docu-series, Heroes of Cosplay. The 6 episode docu-series will showcase the talents of cosplayers across the country as they gear up for their events.

The 9 featured cosplayers are Yaya Han, Riki LeCotey, Monika Lee, Victoria Schmidt, Chloe Dykstra, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad, Becky Young, and Jesse Lagers. But I thought it would be interesting to look at each cosplayer before they hit our screens.

Yaya Han


Yaya is one of the acknowledged legends of cosplay whose entrance at each convention – always in full costume – never fails to create a stir. A source of inspiration and intimidation to the contestants, Atlanta-based Yaya Han is often a judge at contests.



Riki LeCotey


Riki moved from rural Canada to the United States to follow her passion for cosplay. A special effects technician on sci-fi films, she is also the founder of Cosplay for a Cause, which has raised money for victims of the Japanese Tsunami.

Andrew Michael Phillips Photography


Monika Lee


Monika is from Atlanta and a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’s majoring in industrial design. A cosplayer since the age of 13, she’s competed in numerous craftsmanship contests winning several “Best in Shows” and various other awards.



Victoria Schmidt


Victoria is co-founder of the geek fashion and style blog A passionate fan of cosplay since high school, she’s especially proud of being Princess Leia on LucasFilm’s Star Wars float in the 2007 Rose Parade.



Chloe Dykstra


Chloe was almost fated to be in the cosplay community; her father is an F/X legend, having worked on the original Star Wars and Star Trek films. An actress and model, she hosts the Just Cos show on YouTube’s Nerdist channel.



Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad

@JessicaMerizan @HollyConrad

Jessica has performed in regional theater in Southern California since she was five years old. Together, she and fellow cast member Holly Conrad co-founded a costume fabrication shop, cosplay community and new media entertainment company. Holly was mentored by her very qualified grandfather, Dorse Lanpher, an F/X animator for Disney and others. She now works in the special effects business for several major studios, in addition to her business with Jessica.



Becky Young


Becky has created costumes since attending San Diego Comic-Con in 2006. A trained actress, she has voiced Video Game Nussie on Maxim Radio and was a judge on CBS Sports’ Guitar Hero Competiton show. She lives in Burbank.



Jesse Lagers


Jesse lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a software systems administrator. He hopes that success in cosplay competitions will lead to his own business creating costumes and props. Jesse is a stickler for realism and authenticity in all of the costumes he creates.


Heroes of Cosplay premieres on the SyFy channel Tuesday August 13 at 10:30pm ET/PT and then moves to its regular time 10:00pm on Tuesdays starting August 20th.

Personally, I’m excited to see this show because I would love to see the process that these cosplayers go through. How about you geeks?


Fashion Friday is a weekly column that celebrates geek fashion in all forms; whether it be apparel, accessories, cosplay, makeup, or fan art wardrobe changes.

Geeks can be quite the fashionable crowd and this column is going to showcase that! If you have any geeky fashion suggestions, send me an email to:, and it might make it in our column!

Monica Piluso

Monica Piluso

I could write something really corny or awesome about me but honestly I'm just a young woman that loves geek culture, laughing, and keys (I have a strange obsession with keys). Follow me on Twitter!: @StoryInTheEnd
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