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Post Reply Cosplaying with a darker skin tone?
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Posted 9/9/13
Let's be frank; dark skin with a pink wig doesn't usually work well. So that got me thinking, what can i do (cosplay wise)?

I know everyone should do as they please but I feel like i should know the character, and look the part. In saying so, do you guys have any suggestions? I'd appreciate the advice as well. Even better, can anyone else relate? Even if its just the specific character you have problems with., thanks!
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
I am still of the opinion you should cosplay whoever you want.

That aside if you do not mind to occasionally cosplay a non-anime character you can try Korra for example.


Other then that there are quite a few anime, game and comic characters with a darker skin on which you can have a loot of fun with.
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
Naida Secret of the Blue Water

She has lovley dark skin
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I agree that you should cosplay whoever you want, but if you want the look...

Most of the girls in Gargantia have dark tans

Apart from that, err... Yoruichi?



She's the only character I can think of right now I might post more if I think of them!
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
Definitely, you should go as anyone you like - point is to have fun Otherwise I'd never get away with still cosplaying as teenagers...

For some darker skinned anime ladies...
Urd from Oh My Goddess is a rare find at most cons
Pirotess from Record of Lodoss War would be a classic choice
Shayla Shayla, from El Hazard (yes, I'm hung up on the older anime...)
BC from Vandread
Kaolla Su from Love Hina if you don't mind playing a kid character, or her alter ego for an older-looking version

Do any of those seem appealing, for the looks or the series' they're from? I know as soon as I post this I'll remember like 50 others...
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Posted 9/9/13
I think a pink wig would look fine with dark skin, besides you should just do who ever you want.
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Posted 9/9/13
To add to Mako there, he has a beard.
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I'm also a darker skinned cosplayer-and while some people might give you a hard time, it's generally a rarity, and you should be who you wanna be! Pink, blonde, orange-whatever colour wig!
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That being said, if you wanted to specifically cosplay a dark-skinned character, I would suggest these lovely ladies:
Fran from FFXII:
Lieutenant Kitsurubami from FLCL:
Michiko from Michiko to Hatchin:
Tier Harribel from Bleach:
The possibilities are endless~
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Ooh I love the Record of Lodoss War suggestion!

My question will be do you need or really want a Wig?

And you should be able to pull off any character from Black Lagoon reasonably well, EVEN THE CARS!(what? I was going to say men, but that would sound like I'm comparing you to the men, but Crossplay is a thing, and it's an awesome thing)

Yeah, looking the part of your favorite anime character is an extremely important process for people!

That said, if you do have a Pink wig and want to be a dark skinned character with a ping wig.....I got nothing, BUT.

Morgiana from Magi would be perfect with slightly darker skin. Honestly, she's looks to be a mix between "Asians are awesome in other lands" thing that she shares with Mikasa, and a little bit whitewashed for safety's sake to me.

of course, then we might not get Pirotess, but who remembers Pirotess?
I do.
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girls can do anything
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I didn't even think of this until I saw that Akuma pic, but - Dark Sakura, maybe?
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Posted 9/15/13
You could cosplay anything...
Sexy Akuma
Sexy Michiko
Sexy Korra
Sexy Naida
Sexy Shihōin Yoruichi from Bleach
Sexy Kaname from Bleach
Sexy Miyuki Ayukawa ~ Basquas'

So much more... tons of sexy cosplay for girls.
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Posted 9/16/13
Characters with very strong costumes will work great no mater you skin tones.

Like the Sailor Moon crowd, you can tell who they art from the costume alone.

But the you have say, a random schoolgirl uniform that just goes Blah....but if it's Persona 4 then you'll stand out a bit!

OF course, that usually means far more work.

But as the guy above me stated, sexy anything works, they call it Crossplay for a reason, I'm unfortunately unable to do it well myself but, I have Kenshiro's face on kid goku's body.
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Posted 9/18/13
You can use a pink wig just be careful on what shade of pink you use. The shade of pink I chose for a character I did made me look washed out and was terrible. So if you have to get one that is a shade lighter or darker than the characters thats okay.
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