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League cosplayer gets straight A’s with Battle Academia Katarina outfit

Published: 20/Apr/2020 8:59 Updated: 20/Apr/2020 9:04

by Isaac McIntyre

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Russian Instagram model Angie Arrow has wowed League of Legends fans again with her true-to-life Battle Academia Katarina costume  ⁠— after her last Caitlyn cosplay went viral, you won’t want to miss this!

Katarina is one of League’s most popular champions, boasting an 8.2% pick rate according to stat site U.GG. It makes complete sense then that she would be one of the heroes picked for the new My Hero Academia-inspired skin line.

The mysterious assassin retained much of her personality in the shift to Durandal Academy. According to her skin bio, she’s a “rough-edged loner”. She also apparently “stays far away from the politics” of the famous magic school.

Not only that, but the reimagined 2nd-year student is also “a top member of the Assassin Club”. Above all, Academia Katarina is a student with a “chip on her shoulder”. That fits perfectly with the Sinister Blade’s personality.

All of that dark, edgy beauty, and more, was captured by Arrow in her BA Katarina cosplay too. From the black zip jacket, to her bright and bold hair ⁠— at odds with her character ⁠— the Russian model got them all just right.

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Arrow’s perfect cosplay preparation brings Katarina to life

The Russian star captured Katarina’s Durandal Academy variant skin perfectly. Strelnikova wore the aforementioned black jacket and pink hair. She also found a pink necktie just the right length for the cosplay centerpiece.

The League cosplayer finally ⁠— or probably first, considering how you normally get dressed ⁠— donned a tight white academy top, buttoned to her neck. She also had Katarina’s thigh-high leggings on to complete the top to bottom look.

Arrow also made the interesting choice to pair her cosplay with a PS4 controller. At the moment, LoL can only be played on PC. The Russian explained she thought it fit Katarina well, and said it would have been “boring” to use a mouse & keyboard.

 

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The 25-year-old’s stunning take on Battle Academia Katarina isn’t the only League cosplay she’s pulled off in recent times either ⁠— before her latest outfit, the Russian all but became Caitlyn with another perfect costume.

Arrow is far from the only cosplay model to craft a costume from Riot’s global MOBA title either. Kathleen Wong took a spellbinding Bewitching Miss Fortune to PAX, while Kitz Cua brought Battle Bunny Riven to life for Easter.

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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.

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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.