Watch: 'Queen of Cosplay' Yaya Han on taking cosplay mainstream

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Oct 25, 2016, 1:04 PM EDT

Yaya Han has built one heck of a career on taking cosplay to a new level, so we caught up with her talk about all her costuming secrets.

Han is expanding her cosplay empire with specialty fabric specifically designed for costume building, and she told us about her process and how she still finds time to keep making her own costumes. She’s also planning to make that process more transparent and allow fans to follow along with video updates.

We also talk to Han about how cosplay has changed over the years as the practice becomes more mainstream and it becomes a billion-dollar industry. She’s been a cosplay star for quite a while, and it’s fascinating to think how much it has changed just in the past few years. If anything, she’s become a legit standard-bearer for this culture.

Check out the interview below and let us know what you think: