Yaya Han

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Yaya Han
Yaya Han at DragonCon 2012
Yaya Han at DragonCon 2012
Born (1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 34)
Ethnicity Chinese
Citizenship American
Occupation Cosplayer, model and costume designer
Modeling information
Hair color black
Eye color light brown

Yaya Han is an American cosplayer, model and costume designer based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[1][2] She discovered the unique creative pastime of cosplay at Anime Expo in 1999 as a young fan. However, she has always been artistic with pen and ink illustration, which gave her an upper hand in the creativeness of costume making. Han is self-taught because of the lack of money and resources that were needed to enroll in instructional classes for fashion and costume design. "At the beginning, she could only afford a used $40 sewing machine and a sewing book from a thrift store. To this day, she has made close to 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and her own original designs." Over the years, She has built a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising.[3] She is a regular judge at cosplay competitions.[4] Han was featured on the Syfy channel's Heroes of Cosplay,[5][6] featured in a documentary about cosplay called "Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity",[7] and appeared as a guest judge on the TBS reality show King of the Nerds.[8]


Grymm, Yaya Han, Allison DeBlasio & Joey Marsocci a.k.a. Dr. (2013). 1000 incredible costume & cosplay ideas : a showcase of creative characters from anime, manga, video games, movies, comics and more!. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books. ISBN 9781592536986. 


  1. ^ Middleton, Diana. (October 20, 2008). "The first-ever EXP Con drew devoted, costumed fans". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Tucker, Reed. (October 16, 2011). "Girls gone geek". NY Post. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Han, Yaya. "Bio". YayaHan.com. 
  4. ^ Eves, Josué. (March 23, 2012). "Anuncian 'COMCOM!! 2012'", El Sol de Tijuana, Organizacion Editorial Mexicana. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Sagers, Aaron. (August 13, 2013). "Cosplay's Wonder Woman: Yaya Han Leads 'Heroes of Cosplay'". MTV. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Wiegand, David. (August 13, 2013). "Costume contestants not playing". San Francisco Chronicle. pE1.
  7. ^ "Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity promo". Youtube.com. 
  8. ^ "King of the Nerds Episode: "Imaginary Realms"". TV Guide. Retrieved October 4, 2013.

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