Even if you only have a glancing knowledge of cosplay, you have undoubtedly heard the name Yaya Han. A competitor, repeated champion, judge, teacher, entrepreneur, grand ambassador and more; Yaya is a defining personality and voice in the geek costuming game. She is recognized for her level of detail and quality to her cosplay outfits, almost as much as she is celebrated for her poise, class and welcoming heart. Being at the top of an optics based community isn’t always easy of course – trying to stay a float the rampant jealously, envy, ill assumptions, false acquisitions, creeps, and attitudes is enough to make anyone sink – but this veteran has remained ever truthful (to herself and fans), and respectable. Diplomacy and perseverance along with her talents is why she has endured; why she has reached “legend” status. This we learned first hand as we at Nerd Bastards had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Yaya.
We got to learn a little bit about Yaya’s history and unique experiences. We also got to hear her speak quite vocally on some very important trending discussions in the Cosplay scene. Drama that she herself has, at times, been in the center of (mostly pertaining to controversy over SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay). She sets the record straight on how people should or shouldn’t cosplay, where sexuality has its place, and how “we’re all in this together.” (more…)