Kairi, Claire & Wanda. A Vision.


April 2022

Cosplay Spotlight

We’re spotlighting talent in the cosplay community!
Every month, The Variant showcases cosplayers who display talent, creativity, and a positive voice within the cosplay community.

Hi! My name is Cherry, and I am a plus-size Asian American and LGBT+ cosplayer from Maryland now based out of North Carolina. I have been cosplaying since 2008, and fully focusing on creating content since 2018. I create various video game and pop-culture cosplays with my focus on sewing and hand-crafting pieces for these builds. My work has been featured in various publications, such as Cosplay Realm Magazine and Voyage Raleigh Magazine, as well as guest appearances at conventions all along the east coast.

Over the years I have expanded my hobby from at-home projects and simply attending conventions by working local charity events, fundraisers, panels and speeches at various events. As a LGBT+, plus-size Asian-American, I have covered various topics about diversity and inclusion in the cosplay community over the years. I’ve offered countless advice and tutorials on cosplay building, as well as provide resources where I can to assist others in specific costume builds.

Cosplay has allowed me to express myself in the most sincere ways, and has opened up my life to meeting some of the best people I could have ever met. Cosplay has also allowed me some rare and incredible opportunities that I never would have expected out of a hobby. My goal with my hobby is to continue bringing to life the characters I love the most and expand my knowledge of crafting and creating. I plan to continue challenging myself with every new build, and learning new methods of crafting and creating to better my skill set.

This month we’re bringing you Variant newcomer, Cherry Cos who we met on a photo shoot and decided we loved her personality, positivity and aesthetic! She also went completely out of her way to not only help us with the other shoot, but also included us in a
magazine interview she was doing and then recommended us to the same magazine for our own interview!
Talk about hype!!

Cherry’s Cosplay Spotlight features her cosplays of Kairi from Kingdom Hearts shot by Greenfield Photography,
Claire Redfield from Resident Evil  shot by Jon V Photography & Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch from Marvel Comics and the Disney+ Wandavision series shot by Tomisina Lynn Photography.

WAIT!!...why are you still reading this??

Photography by

Jon V

Staff Photograher

Tomisina Lynn Photography

Photography Director

Greenfield Photography

Senior Staff Photograher