At its highest levels, cosplaying isn’t just a hobby--it’s an art form. Getting every last detail of a character’s costume right takes hard work and dedication, especially when you’re constructing everything yourself. But the complexities of cosplaying don’t stop Crystal Graziano, an ardent gaming fan and cosplayer extraordinaire. She expresses her love for video game, anime, and comic book characters by assuming the form of her favorites, through the use of wigs, contacts, and some truly stellar costumes. We guarantee that she’ll turn you into a diehard fan of Raiden (of Metal Gear Solid fame/infamy).
To find out what kind of work goes into pulling off such stunning looks, we asked Crystal about her passion for all things cosplay. Read on to find out how she ended up spray-painting bras, studying concept art, and meeting Hideo Kojima himself.