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Zelina Vega unveils Overwatch Sombra cosplay at WWE SummerSlam

Published: 25/Aug/2020 2:06 Updated: 25/Aug/2020 4:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Zelina Vega has done it again… just days after going viral with a fan-favorite Apex Legends cosplay, the WWE stunner has shocked the internet again with a perfect Overwatch Sombra cosplay at the annual SummerSlam pay-per-view event in Florida.

Vega, real name Thea Trinidad, has never made her love for pop-culture and gaming a secret as she charted a course to the top of WWE. Recently, she revealed her take on Apex Legends bad girl Loba, which soon went viral in the battle royale’s fandom.

Now it’s the Overwatch community’s turn. After teasing “something special” coming at the annual SummerSlam event, Vega unveiled a stunning Sombra cosplay on-stage during the huge WWE pay-per-view in Florida on August 23.

Vega’s Sombra cosplay may be one of the best we’ve seen, and it was made even cooler by the fact she rocked it on-stage at the 2020 SummerSlam event too. The centerpiece of the outfit was the flared purple coat and tunic, which the Overwatch hacker is never seen without.

The wrestling star also went all-in with the hairstyle. When she appeared on-stage in Florida, she had her hair pulled back and cut with Sombra’s iconic metal pins.

Vega appeared as Overwatch criminal hacker Sombra.
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Vega appeared as Overwatch criminal hacker Sombra.

The 29-year-old also strode out on-stage with the iconic knee-high Sombra boots, and a pair of tall stilettos. She completed the main part of the costume with a combo of silver shoulder pads, and the hacker’s tight black combat suit.

Perhaps the finest attention to detail, however, was Vega’s choice to wear the Sombra logo on a chain around her neck. Sombra’s usual style has a suit up to her chin, but Vega decided to go open-flare and reveal the necklace instead.

Like we said, what a stunning cosplay! The only real shame was that while Vega was wearing it on-stage during a set of interviews, no one thought to ask her about the design! Here a clip of Vega’s Sombra cosplay in all its glory:

The WWE interviewers may not have asked Vega about her Sombra cosplay, but Dexerto certainly did. We reached out to the wrestling star to ask her what her favorite thing about the Overwatch hacker was, and the outfit.

“She’s so f*cking bad ass! She’s not easy to play, but once you get the hang of her, you feel unstoppable. I love that “one step ahead” thing, it’s very big in my Zelina Vega character,” ” Trinidad admitted.

“We’re very similar in a lot of ways too, both being Latina and having that fiery attitude, and badass swag. It’s very important to me to rep for Latina girl gamers/nerds out there, and characters like Loba, Sombra, Vega, Christie Montiero… I really appreciate them.”

Zelina Vega promised
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Zelina Vega promised “something special” for her SummerSlam outfit, and the WWE star certainly delivered.

Vega also gushed over Sombra’s look, which she added might just be the “coolest” in Overwatch. “Her look, gosh! She’s so cool looking, the black and purples, her hair.. just her overall look is really beautiful.”

Don’t believe us that Vega’s cosplay is one of the best? You might from Sombra’s voice actor herself then; Carolina Ravassa ⁠— who herself has donned the Sombra outfit once or twice ⁠— said she was a huge fan of Trinidad’s take.

Vega was eye-catching in her Sombra cosplay, and that’s because the wrestler had plenty of practice. Outside of the Loba outfit she revealed last week, she also debuted a perfect take on Overwatch tank D.Va back in early August.

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Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes enemies as real life Sinon

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:33

by Brent Koepp

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A Sword Art Online cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing her transformation into popular anime character Sinon. The artist’s stunning take brings the Phantom Bullet heroine to life.

Originally written in 2002 by novelist Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online exploded in popularity a decade later with its animated adaptation in 2012. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with its creative take on massively multiplayer online role playing games.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘hendoart‘ Hendo made waves on social media when she shared her costume based on the anime’s second season arc, the Phantom Bullet. The talented artist brought the beloved blue-haired sniper Sinon to life with an insanely accurate take.

Screenshot of Sword Art Online character Sinon.
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The blue-haired sniper stars in Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online cosplayer becomes real life Sinon

While the series starts off with protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya getting stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad, the show’s later seasons take place in a different online video game. In season two, Kirito meets a fierce sniper with a deadly aim named Sinon.

Bringing the heroine to life, cosplayer Hendoart shared her mind-blowing transformation into the character on Instagram. Photographer ‘nerdypictures‘ captured the artist posing in her signature outfit. The costume is full of meticulous detail, and includes a cut out black and white bodysuit which runs under her green jacket and leggings.

Sarah recreated a scene from the anime, and mirrored Sinon’s battle stance by holding her iconic sniper rifle behind her head. The life-size prop weapon was created by ‘airsoftevike‘ and is so accurate that it looks as if it could have come straight out of the screen.

 

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In another shot posted to social media, Hendo gave viewers a closer look at how faithful her Sword Art Online cosplay actually is. Not only did she mirror the heroine’s giant blue and silver belt buckle, she also created Sinon’s white scarf which she uses to wrap around her face to protect herself from the elements.

 

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While Sword Art Online’s anime has been a massive hit, its Light Novel adaptation is one of the most popular series in Japan. The franchise is so beloved, it’s been made into various games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well.

Those interested in checking out the MMO-based show can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently has seasons one through three available right now.