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New costume: Skrull Storm - X Men by yayacosplay New costume: Skrull Storm - X Men by yayacosplay
This is a collaboration with The Cinema Makeup School for a Demo at Wondercon: Costume made by me, prosthetics and makeup design by Jamie Leonodes!
Photography by Eric Anderson

My entire outlook on cosplay can be summed up by this costume:
Remember, boys and girls - be who YOU want to be. In cosplay or otherwise in life, don't let others dictate who you should be. 

Anyone can cosplay anyone. Skin color, height, facial features, body shape, gender, ethnicity… don't let any of it stop you from expressing yourself. Have fun with the costumes you choose to wear. Be creative. Revel in the unique connection you'll forever build with the character you cosplay. 

I'm not an Alien, a Mutant, nor am I African American. But I have followed Storm's story for years, since I was a child. I found a way to express how much I admire her as a strong female role model to me and millions of kids all over the world. I had fun with the creativity of portraying Storm as a Skrull. I met some of the most amazing people at the Cinema Makeup School through collaborating on this costume project. I enjoyed making this costume from scratch. I got to witness Jamie Leonodes's genius in making the prosthetic pieces and painting me green. I got to try out one of Arda Wigs' gorgeous Suzi wigs, with a widow's peak lace front. I got to shoot with the awesome Eric Anderson Photographic, who created this photo. I have now built a lasting connection not only with Storm, the character, but with all of these wonderful artists and creatives as well.

That's what cosplay means to me. Be who you want to be.
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:iconvyctorian:
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   General Artist
Lovely cosplay!~
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:icontyeallen:
tyeallen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Who cares if you're not black! You did a fantastic job with this!
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:iconkazimer:
kazimer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Storm was born in Egypt.
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:iconpantherflint:
PantherFlint Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, cause Egypt totally isn't in Africa....
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:iconderfs51:
derfs51 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Terrific work.
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:iconmunsonclark:
munsonclark Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
you are the perfect woman!
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:iconzhaanman:
Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive look!!
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:iconcyberbrian360:
CyberBrian360 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry Haaaaaa 
(I mean "Strom "! ) haaaa !
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:iconcyberbrian360:
CyberBrian360 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stom is "Brown "! i thimk Haaaaaaa ! 
(VERY GOOD WORK !) Though ! Giggle 
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:iconsaicee:
Saicee Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
I guess skrull storm works lol
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:iconclokverkorange:
clokverkorange Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
I'm pretty sure everyone in the Marvel Universe is part of a different Skrull cell and they're all playing the long con against each other. Literally everyone in the Marvel U is a Skrull. 

Except X-23. 
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:icontindome-art:
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant cosplay - Skrull Storm, how original, and brilliant! - and, of course, brilliant text.
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:iconravenhowl:
Ravenhowl Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ok, I love this
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:icondrajaddije:
drajaddije Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
great...
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:iconliquidstyleds:
LiquidstyleDS Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Yaya does it again!
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:iconshyho:
shyho Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty skin
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:iconpurplecheerios:
PurpleCheerios Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yaya!?!?!?! Oh. My. God. I did not know that you had a deviant! I love watching Heroes of Cosplay!
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:iconcimn:
Cimn Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
awesome
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:iconrachelillustrates:
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing! Absolutely love this, and your words about cosplaying who you want to, no matter what :)
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:iconcenturion77:
Centurion77 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Have you ever done a She-Hulk? I can't quite remember if you ever have. I mean hey, you did a powergirl and many many other power forward heroes and villainess'. 
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:iconcenturion77:
Centurion77 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Stunning!
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:iconshaoron:
shaoron Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for some reason this reminds me of Elpahba from Wicked
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:iconnezumimecelaw:
nezumimecelaw Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing your cosplaying is really cool
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:iconcinemamakeupschool:
CinemaMakeupSchool Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thank you, Yaya! It's been a pleasure working with you. This look would have been nothing without your incredible costume design talents and the way you inhabit a character. We can't wait to do it again!
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OtakuDude83 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the makeup on this, combined with the cosplay, is fantastic!!!!  It's almost like something out of a comic book!
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:iconjoynerstudio:
JoynerStudio Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wondefully put, Yaya!  You are a joy to work with, and passion to your craft is always above and beyond.
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:iconchazdaytona:
ChazDaytona Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Super work! :D
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:iconkakaider:
Kakaider Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
now see now i wanna marry you dammit >< very nice pic and costume ^^
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:iconjuliusquasar:
juliusquasar Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
That is soooo awesome!
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:iconnospy:
nospy Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I knew it, I knew it. You're a Skrull, that's why you are so good at cosplaying so many characters.
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:icondragonf123:
Dragonf123 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
cool
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:icong-horkman:
G-horkman Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
perfect.
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:iconsaloniko:
saloniko Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
very impressive
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:iconknightfall1972:
Knightfall1972 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy moly!

At first, I thought I was looking at a digital painting. Excellent work, Yaya!

You all did an amazing job. Keep up the great work!
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:iconforceboys:
forceboys Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow wow 💓💓
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Good job with the skin.  I don't see natural skin color showing through in infamous spots like the hairline.
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:iconborgboy7:
BorgBoy7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Green's the new Red!  Nice job!  I always did kinda like the Skrulls because they were always so creative.
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:iconfirelordphoenix:
FirelordPhoenix Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Even in green hot :D
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:iconxexeres:
Xexeres Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
You inspire me to cosplay like a boss! my first cosplay will be in a few weeks and I'm relaly excited to start. Thanks for being an awesome inspiration! You truly have talent and beauty beyond compare!
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:iconafrodisium:
Afrodisium Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Ah those wacky Skrull. :D  This really came out awesome. :nod:
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:iconelvampile:
elvampile Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very kewl and loving the outfit.

~elvampile~
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:iconbloodyshanglong:
BloodyShanglong Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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:icon19duckstep96:
19duckstep96 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
oh my gosh, i plan on going there in like, two years!! :D
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:iconmecengineer:
mecengineer Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
impressive
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:iconalderfek:
alderfek Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Its not easy being green and you pull it off well !
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:icongodzilla713:
Godzilla713 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is just amazing and beautiful
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:iconephemerius:
Ephemerius Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the cosplay was amazing but the description was so perfect. It's so wonderful that a cosplay icon (you're the most famous cosplayer I know at least) would say something like that.
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:iconkaiserlee:
KaiserLee Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Why do I like green ladies so much.
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:iconchaosalexander:
ChaosAlexander Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Looking amazing!:D Yaya!:D
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:iconmpz28427:
mpz28427 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Wow! love the costume & makeup, came out great omfg Love Clap 
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