Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with 13 years of experience. She has made 200 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and of her own original designs.
Her journey officially began in 1999, when she made her first costume: Mana from the J-Rock Band Malice Mizer. Since the public debut of that costume at a 2000 con, Yaya has been unstoppable. She has won several cosplay "Best in Shows", beginning with Katsucon 2000 where she dressed as Kurai from the manga Angel Sanctuary. Before working on Heroes of Cosplay, she won the Yume Cosplay Cup with Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D. Yaya often judges the very same competitions in which she once successfully competed, and is a frequent panelist at cosplay con events.
Born in China, and raised in both Asia and Europe, Yaya came to the United States to pursue her artistic ambitions. Based in Atlanta, GA, she has her own line of original cosplay accessories and brand merchandising. Her designs are inspired by a wide range of popular culture, from films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Mad Max to classic and recent video games like Street Fighter and Batman: Arkham City.
Check out the best costumes from episode 12 of Heroes of Cosplay.
Our two part season finale begins! The Heroes are off to the Big Easy, where the competition is anything but simple.
With minutes left before sign-up, Team Atlanta is still trying to pull Katie's costume together.