Kayyybear uploaded a ‘lewd’ take on Lifeline to Twitter on March 4, which some critics took issue with due to cosplay’s NSFW theme.
Some accused her of merely ‘lewding’ characters for money through services like Patreon, while others called her cosplay “cringe” - leading Kayyybear to hit out at the mean comments in a series of pointed Tweets.
You know I thought this was a legit lifeline cosplayer and then I clicked the pic— Adam Oghabi (@AussieWanderer2) March 5, 2019
And I realized it's the stripper version cause that's how cosplayers make money. Sex sells people
“People always complain when I post lewds, saying, ‘This isn’t even cosplay anymore,’” she wrote of the debacle. “Just for the record, I do the full cosplay of a character every time I do a lewd version.”
She went on to encourage other cosplayers to embrace their craft no matter their style, emphasizing the fun of dressing up as fictional characters.
And even if I didn’t, it wouldn’t matter because you can cosplay the way YOU want to! Be it full armor, closet cosplay, lewd cosplay. It’s all cosplay and it’s all fun! ❤️— kay bear 🐻 (@kayyybearxo) March 6, 2019
“...even if I didn’t, it wouldn’t matter, because you can cosplay the way YOU want to!” she Tweeted. “Be it full armor, closet cosplay, lewd cosplay. It’s all cosplay and it’s all fun!”
Kayyybear created a true-to-form version of Lifeline on March 1, which received extensive praise across the internet - even earning kudos from Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella in the process.
Kayyybear’s Lifeline cosplay is just one in a series of stunning portrayals of Apex Legends’ characters, which includes an impressive series of Wraith and Lifeline costumes.
As Apex Legends continues to grow in popularity, more and more cosplayers are sure to come out of the woodwork with interpretations of the game’s characters - so keep your eyes peeled for more Apex cosplay in the future.