Image: hijab cosplay gallery/saakira cosplayer/facebook
A growing community of Muslim cosplayers are sharing ingenious ways of integrating their hijabs into fantasy outfits.
With a touch of creativity, they’ve used the religious head covering to double up as a wig, or even to sass up their outfit.
Kira, a 23-year-old cosplayer from Malaysia, says she first thought of the idea to cosplay using her hijab after she saw another Muslim cosplayer doing it.
Today, Kira, who cosplays under the name Saakira Cosplayer, has cosplayed as virtually everything from the Powerpuff Girls to characters from Sailormoon.
Luna Human Ver. From Sailormoon Saakira Cosplayer about 8 months ago
"Around seven years ago I attended an event and saw a hijab cosplayer…and her costume was modified to that suitable for a Muslim," Kira told Mashable.
"At that time it was hard to find [any] hijab cosplayers."
Kira explains that only she properly got into cosplaying few years later.
Hatsune Miku Cendrillon
"I started to become a hijab cosplayer in 2013. [It gives me a chance to] show my love for the character and at the same time, cover up," she said.
"I have to analyse the character first before cosplaying… their character and clothes must not have elements of other religions."
It takes her less than a week to put together a simple costume, though she adds that intricate ones take longer.
Continue my works. I need to sew by hand.
Kira is just one of many women who contribute to Hijab Cosplay Gallery, a group on Facebook for cosplayers to share pictures and ideas for cosplaying.
Cosplayer: Alza Lizza (Indonesia) Character: Rapunzel from Tangled Photographer: Claudio Angga Devanam Cosplayer: HebaT’Allah Waleed from Egypt Character: Diana from league of legends Photographer : Gamers Lounge Cosplayer : Suzumichiya Haruka (Indonesia) Character : kirakishou Photo by: Fitri Amalia
"This page was first created in 2013 when our founder, a hijab cosplayer, wanted to share their existence [of hijab cosplayers]," said an admin member for Hijab Cosplay Gallery.
"The [popularity] of the page grew increasingly and today people contact us to share their photos and posts onto our page."
Name : Sindi Hamano Michiyo (INDONESIA) Character : Tomoyo Hime from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Photographer : Ryadit sama
We’re blown away by how incredible they look. Keep rocking those hijabs, girls.