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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

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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
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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).

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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer looks graceful as Art Nouveau Toph

Published: 16/Jan/2021 7:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Avatar: The Last Airbender fans love Toph for her tomboyish vibe despite being raised like a princess, but a brilliant cosplayer managed to capture her elegant side by creating a refined version of her usual outfit.

The heroes in Avatar: The Last Airbender all bring something unique to the table. However, Toph is particularly remarkable because she managed to become an earth-bending master despite being blind since birth.

Initially, she wanted to prove to her parents that blindness didn’t make her weak. But she became one of the most powerful characters in the show and a valuable Team Avatar member.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Toph Cosplay
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Toph Beifong turned her back on a sheltered childhood to become a powerful earth-bender.

Toph is a popular choice among cosplayers too. But while we’ve seen everything from her traditional get-up to an elegant dress she once wore, it’s hard to find one more unique than Emma J.I.Q Rubini’s Art Nouveau Toph.

“You see nothing once, and you’ve seen it a thousand times,” she said, referring to a quote. “Y’all remember when we used to have cons? I’m so happy I went to Katsucon this year since it ended up being the only one I went to.”

“Here’s the cosplay I made for it,” she added. “Art Nouveau Toph! I am incredibly proud of the work I put into it, and I’m happy I got to wear it to such a pretty con! One day maybe I’ll wear it again.”

Emma managed to capture all the crucial elements of Toph’s everyday outfit. It includes the green and beige garments, the hairstyle tucked under a headband with a flower, and of course, contact lenses to match her eyes.

However, she’s added some exotic details in line with a style known as Art Nouveau. It combines elegantly woven tapestries with encrusted jewels and other bits and pieces to add some class.

Cosplayers and their fans know how much time and effort it takes to re-create an outfit faithfully. However, it takes creativity, talent, and courage to add your flair. Emma nailed it, and the thousands of likes she’s getting are a testament to that.