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If you’re a cosplayer or con goer, you might know who Yaya Han is. She’s a costume designer who is known pretty well in the convention circuit. Recently, she became a cast member on the SyFy show, “Heroes of Cosplay”. Below are a photos of her cosplaying Fiora (League of Legends) and an art nouveau interpretation of Chun Li (Street Fighter) which is one of my personal favorites. As you can see, her work is amazing. I can’t imagine ever being able to perfect costumes the way she does.

 

 

Now sometime during one of my random meanderings through the interwebs, I stumbled upon a post criticizing Yaya Han. The criticism did not stem from a lack of diligence in her work or perhaps a nasty attitude, no. Rather, it was about the fact that she had expressed a desire not to be degraded because of her work and her physical endowments. The author of this post felt that Ms. Han should not have any objections to being the subject of wank sessions because her career “centers around her body”. Let’s put that up there with the rest of the justifications for cat-calling and rape now shall we guys? By this person’s logic, the moment Yaya decided to begin a career in cosplay, she was no longer in charge of her body.

Here’s another gem – “Practically all of her costumes have been of skimpily dressed characters with focus on her breasts. Of course, she has legions of guys wanking off to her. You’d think that this would be a well-known and accepted aspect to all successful models. And generally, all women should realize that dressing in a way that shows off a part of their body will attract attention to that part. But apparently Yaya missed the memo. After years of 14-30 year old lonely nerds splooging their mega milk all over their keyboards to her, she seems to have become irritated as she recently let out her thoughts on her facebook page.”

This is such an unbelievably stupid comment. Why are so many female costumes skimpy? Uhhh, because dudes duh. Men are the reason why Wonder Woman wears a bustier to fight le bad guys and female warriors in video games are expected to fight successfully in armor equivalent to a bikini. And don’t even get me started on the anatomically impossible poses. And apparently, the fact that Yaya had a breast augmentation is further justification of her “attitude problem”. The author goes on to list tips such as, “Don’t leave your tits hanging out if you don’t want to be stared at.”, “Don’t be a bitch if your boobs are just that awesome”, “Learn to take it as a compliment” and “Don’t get pornstar implants or try to “improve” your boobs if you’re just going to be in prudish denial about it.”. Tall, dark and rapist anyone? Are your alarm bells going off yet?

Now while I have no idea why Yaya chose to enhance her breasteses, that decision should in no way diminish anyone’s opinion of her. Learn to take a compliment? The breasts are not on your chest so why would you assume that you should have anything to say about it? I mean, really? What are you, a dog? I take that back. It’s an insult to dogs. Even they know what the word “No” means and obey when it is spoken.

NO-ONE should be subjected to such disgusting degradation because of the way they look. It’s really that simple.

 

  • Jack

    You completely missed the point the other person was making, if you dress seductive don’t act shocked when you get attention is all the other person said. Besides she decided to title herself as an ambassador and that comes with it’s own consequences. Anyone who cosplays is an ambassador to the craft itself. If you saw the show she and her minions even went as far as saying people should only dress to the character based on body type talk about low, and sure it’s a reality show and things are taken out of context but when you say something like that there is no way that it can be out of context, it’s like saying a racial slur and being caught and then trying to say you didn’t mean it that way. The only reason she went on her facebook page and youtube was to do damage control, and it was quite pathetic to be honest. Any respect I had for her is completely gone, I would of respected her if she would of apologized simply because she knew she wrong and not because fans and people wrote angry letters. Could you imagine if a kid who’s a little overweight had seen that episode, when your in a position where people look up to you or like what you do, you not only have to watch what you say but make sure you don’t get caught with your pants down either. Cosplay is about hanging with friends and having fun if your not doing it for those reason your just wasting your own time.

  • Jack

    You completely missed the point the other person was making, if you dress seductive don’t act shocked when you get attention is all the other person said. Besides she decided to title herself as an ambassador and that comes with it’s own consequences. Anyone who cosplays is an ambassador to the craft itself. If you saw the show she and her minions even went as far as saying people should only dress to the character based on body type talk about low, and sure it’s a reality show and things are taken out of context but when you say something like that there is no way that it can be out of context, it’s like saying a racial slur and being caught and then trying to say you didn’t mean it that way. The only reason she went on her facebook page and youtube was to do damage control, and it was quite pathetic to be honest. Any respect I had for her is completely gone, I would of respected her if she would of apologized simply because she knew she wrong and not because fans and people wrote angry letters. Could you imagine if a kid who’s a little overweight had seen that episode, when your in a position where people look up to you or like what you do, you not only have to watch what you say but make sure you don’t get caught with your pants down either. Cosplay is about hanging with friends and having fun if your not doing it for those reasons your just wasting your own time.

  • Jack

    You completely missed the point the other person was making, if you dress seductive don’t act shocked when you get attention is all the other person said. Besides she decided to title herself as an ambassador and that comes with it’s own consequences. Anyone who cosplays is an ambassador to the craft itself. If you saw the show she and her minions even went as far as saying people should only dress to the character based on body type talk about low, and sure it’s a reality show and things are taken out of context but when you say something like that there is no way that it can be out of context, it’s like saying a racial slur and being caught and then trying to say you didn’t mean it that way. The only reason she went on her facebook page and youtube was to do damage control, and it was quite pathetic to be honest. Any respect I had for her is completely gone, I would of respected her if she would of apologized simply because she knew she was wrong and not because fans and people wrote angry letters. Could you imagine if a kid who’s a little overweight had seen that episode, when your in a position where people look up to you or like what you do, you not only have to watch what you say but make sure you don’t get caught with your pants down either. Cosplay is about hanging with friends and having fun if your not doing it for those reasons your just wasting your own time.

    • KarachiYWOCLC

      This is late but still needs to be said.
      I don’t think I missed the point at all. It does not matter that she is known for cosplaying characters in revealing costumes. She still deserves to be treated like a person and not a pair of tits with legs.

      Yes I agree her cosplay purist stance was mean, the post I referenced says absolutely nothing about that and focuses instead on the irony of complaining about being leered at even though her costumes are skimpy. THAT is the focus of this post, not her personality.

  • Valerie Finnigan

    As a writer who’s married to a costumer and raising the next generation of nerdlings, it’s nice to see someone else sharing the same sentiment I’ve expressed for years. The sad truth is that some of these overgrown boy-children want to sexually harass women, which is why they design characters with such ridiculous costumes and poses, then try to drive women who complain about being harassed out of cosplay altogether. I have two children who do cosplay. My son has no shortage of characters he can fairly comfortably portray, but both of my kids noticed that my daughter does not have the same number of comfortable options. It’s almost as if her choice is to wear something too tight or too revealing for her comfort, or get out of cosplay altogether, when there is a better option for everyone- push creators to stop alienating female fans.

  • MewCat100 .

    Okay, I see a lot of miscommunication on this issue. The problems are three.
    1. Chastising a fan-base that you built by flaunting your sexuality and actively encouraging others to view you as such is the underlying dispute, which the OP did an atrocious job of making.
    2. His categorical statement that one should not be surprised when an emphasized feature is noticed is spot on. He’s not saying that anyone has lost control of his/her body, but rather that if you put emphasis on a feature, then you should expect people to notice it. That is different from saying it is okay to objectify people, a point the OP made poorly if at all.
    3. Yaya has every right to express her feelings and I think the OP misunderstood what she was saying. She seemed to be indicating that while she doesn’t mind people thinking of her in one way or another, she would also expect those people to respect her feelings, the work she puts into her career (it is substantial), and her as a person. Even for those who use their sexuality to make their way in the world, the constant objectification by rude individuals can become overwhelming and displeasing.

    So, the bottom line is that Yaya deserves respect for her work, but that doesn’t change the fact that many others who have worked just as hard have not made the progress she has made because they are unwilling to use their sexuality to advance themselves. Once she made the decision to objectify herself, she should not have been surprised that others did the same. It is a fine line she is trying to walk, with both her fans and her coming down on the wrong side quite often.

  • Heidi Synnøve Lien

    Well written :)! I agree with you. Thoughts are ok – if you think someone is sexy, you are allowed to think so. But don’t go commenting nasty stuff like “I wanna cum on your boobs!” etc. It’s disrespectful. She should be allowed to dress sexy without being objectified.

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