One Of The World's Sexiest Cosplayers Is Going Professional

Regular readers of our Fancy Pants cosplay feature here on Kotaku will be familiar with the phenomenal work of Crystal Graziano. From Metal Gear to Valkyria Chronicles, she's one of the most recognisable and successful video game cosplayers around.

So much so that her work is now being professionally sponsored.

In a sign that the art of cosplay is beginning to be taken very seriously, Firefall developers Red 5 Studios have made the move to sign Crystal up to a one-year sponsorship, where the developer will be footing the bill for twelve months' worth of cosplay. Whatever she wants. Whichever character or game she's working on, they'll pay for the costumes, the tools and the photography.

In return, she'll be "acting" as Firefall character Mourningstar at press and community events for the 12 months. Which instead of being a "job" in itself looks pretty cool, as you'll see in the video here, because the live-action costume (and others like it) have been designed by Hollywood effects man Steve Wang, who among other credits is the man who built the original Predator.

The move is testament to the leaps and bounds the artform has taken over the past five years, where what was once seen as a hobby for fanatics and super-nerds is being recognised for the dedication, hard work and vision that goes into its best pieces.

To get a better look at the kind of costume she'll be contractually obliged to wear, check out this Firefall trailer released earlier in the year, which shows off the suit designs pretty well.


Comments

    I was never really a fan of cosplay in general - but the kind of work that Steve Wang does I highly appreciate. Amazing stuff there!

    Not to be blowing the sexist horn too loud, but am I the only one who frowned a little when I read the title of this article? If it really is praising Crystal for her cosplay talents, it should read 'most talented', not 'sexiest'. Just sayin'...

      Yes

      Cosplay is basically modelling. So it is entirely based around looks. It only takes an attractive D grage actor to be good at cosplay.

        If you had paid attention to the video you will see that she actually makes a lot of her own costumes which is what got her into this new gig. The questions she was asking Wang weren't just fluff but understanding the materials being used in much more complex costume.

          The most important thing here is that she now has a deeper more intimate understanding of Wang, Something that i dearly hope she puts to good use in the future.

      Luke. Plunkett.

    I'm not really sure about "sexiest", but she certainly is one of the more talented cosplay outfit makers I've seen. It's good to see them finally getting recognition on a more professional basis.

    I don't think she's the person I'd choose as Mourningstar though, her face and hair are wrong. (Yes, I know that sounds stupid and juvenile, but in terms of modelling, these things matter)

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