Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer rides the waves as stunning Katara - Dexerto

Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer rides the waves as stunning Katara

Published: 22/Jul/2020 0:49 Updated: 22/Jul/2020 3:30

by Bill Cooney


One cosplayer and Avatar: The Last Airbender fan has absolutely blown our minds with her amazing take on the best (and only) water bender from the Southern Tribe – Katara herself.

In Avatar: the Last Airbender, Katara is actually the character who first discovers the lost Aang frozen inside of an iceberg floating near the South Pole. From there, she goes on to be a key part of Team Avatar, and has without a doubt become a favorite for fans of the series.

Thus, cosplayer ‘chonibu’ decided to take a swing at portraying her own Katara – and we think it’s pretty safe to say she absolutely knocked it out of the park.

Chonibu almost perfectly recreated the character’s iconic blue tunic, and her hairstyle is a dead ringer for the water bending master. Really, the only thing missing is the necklace Katara got from her mother, which the cosplayer admitted she’d forgotten because she was so excited to take pictures of her creation.

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Chonibu is about as close to a real-life Katara as you can get.

“This costume was a pretty easy piece to make,” chonibu told Dexerto. “I got most of it done in about two days. The part that gave me trouble was this swirly thing on the bottom of the dress/tunic, which required a lot of pins and yoloing underneath the sewing machine. I also got so excited to take photos that I completely forgot her necklace.”

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The necklace would have been the icing on the cake, but we’ll let it slide since this cosplay is still amazing.

Why she chose Katara is interesting, as well; yes, she’s an awesome character in the show, but chonibu’s decision to portray her didn’t stem from just that fact.

“I chose to make Katara’s costume partly because I could use my real hair (trying to shove long, curly hair in a wig is a pain),” the cosplayer admitted. “I think as a character, she is stronger and more inspiring than I could ever be at 14! And I’m so glad that ATLA is on Netflix, because it’s one of my favorite shows of all time (and also my dad’s).”

Another shot of Katara cosplay by chonibu
What will chonibu cosplay next? We’re hoping for even more Avatar characters ourselves.

As for what’s next on the horizon for chonibu, she told Dexerto she’s definitely interested in portraying Katara, Korra, or even Sokka’s forlorn love, Princess Yue.

“I have actually made Katara’s fire nation outfit and one of Korra’s outfits!” chonibu revealed. “One of my dream shoots is to make Katara’s winter outfit or cosplay Princess Yue and shoot in the snow.”

Whatever she decides to do next, as long as it’s on the same level as her Katara, we’re sure it will be out of this world (especially if she picks Yue – sorry, Sokka).


RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant slays in Mileena Mortal Kombat cosplay

Published: 22/Jan/2021 16:50 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 17:33

by Lauren Bergin


Cosplay and drag often go hand-in-hand, especially on the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The UK iteration of the show saw one queen transform herself into the iconic Mileena from Mortal Kombat. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for its insane fashion looks, colorful costumes and amazing performances. We’ve seen queens wear everything from outfits made of trash to designer gowns from the likes of Marc Jacobs.

One sector that also sees an amazing blend of costume art and performance, however, is the cosplay sector. We’ve seen gender-bend style cosplays like this awesome take on Overwatch’s Tracer make some serious waves.

It was a bit of a shock to see one of the Drag Race UK queens stomping the runway as one of Mortal Kombat’s most iconic characters, though, but this look was certainly a fatality.

Midway GamesMileena is clearly this queen’s favorite Mortal Kombat character!

Asttina Mandella becomes Mileena

East London’s Asttina Mandella has already made quite the splash in the legendary TV show, and has so far assassinated the competition by snagging the first win of the season. As a part of the ‘Surprise Surprise’ runway segment, it’s safe to say the queen deviated from her usual style.

Stomping down the runway in Mileena’s iconic pink cutout jumpsuit and mask, wielding the infamous femme fatale’s iconic sai, Asttina was really embodying the deadly attractiveness of the character.

It wasn’t until the mask came off though that the judges and viewers at home got a real surprise. Known for her amazing makeup skills, the queen transformed her mouth into the character’s ghastly set of fangs, arranged in a gruesome-looking smile.

Writing on her Twitter that “this is for you gaymers,” it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with this look.

Drag Race fans are gagged

Fans of the show have taken to the comments to let the queen know just how much they loved her take on Mileena.

One fan, including a pretty graphic gif of the Mortal Kombat icon simply wrote “FINISH US” – a fun reference to the game’s famous “Finish Him!”

Another responded with a gif of RuPaul alumni Monique Heart, whose catchphrase ‘stunning’ makes an appearance.

As gamers we love to see our favorite characters recreated in new and innovative ways. Asttina did all of this and more, and we can’t wait to see if the hit TV show sees any more queens take to the stage in outfits inspired by iconic video game characters.

In the meantime though, the competition better watch out because Asttina plans to make sure there’s a Fatality on the runway!