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Kristen Hughey is a Cosplay Dream

cosplayer. costume designer. gooberdork.

Kristen Hughey Star Trek Cosplay, photo by Farris Gerard Photography

Kristen Hughey. Are you ready for this?

Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by SGH Photo Art

By combining her intense love of gaming, skills in crafting and sewing, and zest for learning, Kristen Hughey has been able to bring her own fantasy to life and become an internet personality, entertainer, and international costumer.

Kristen Hughey Suicide Squad Harley Quinn, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging
Kristen Hughey Suicide Squad Harley Quinn, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging

What started as an outlet to meet local, like-minded friends quickly became a portal to realms she never thought possible. She has since expanded her craft by becoming a spokesperson, published model, representing major companies and traveling to appear at events to meet her followers.

Kristen Hughey as Cindy Aurum from Final Fantasy, photo by Cosplay by TLP Media
Kristen Hughey as Cindy Aurum from Final Fantasy, photo by Cosplay by TLP Media
Kristen Hughey as Cindy Aurum from Final Fantasy, photo by Cosplay by TLP Media
Kristen Hughey as Cindy Aurum from Final Fantasy, photo by Cosplay by TLP Media

Her ability to share her love for all things geek and to now meet like-minded friends around the world is her favorite aspect of this adventure. Even when she is not traveling, Kristen is known for her highly interactive online presence through social media and her Twitch TV gaming streams.

Kristen Hughey as Catwoman Selena Kyle, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Catwoman Selena Kyle, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Catwoman Selena Kyle, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Catwoman Selena Kyle, photo by SGH Photo Art

Kristen is currently producing a YouTube series dedicated to helping others get their start in the cosplay world. Below is her bio from her Patreon site (where you should go and support her cosplay!)

Kristen Hughey as Kristmas Super Sonico, photo by Bruce "The Handler"
Kristen Hughey as Kristmas Super Sonico, photo by Bruce “The Handler”

Hey there! I’m Kristen: Khaleesi of the #HugheyCrew, cosplay addict, gamer, pin-up enthusiast, lover of all things Hello Kitty, Super Sonico & Cinderella, and wannabe dork-of-all-trades.

Kristen Hughey Suicide Squad Harley Quinn on the cover of August 2016 issue of Cosplay Culture Magazine, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging
Kristen Hughey Suicide Squad Harley Quinn on the cover of August 2016 issue of Cosplay Culture Magazine, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging

I started my cosplay adventures as a fatally shy, awkward human who just wanted to attend a con to force herself out of her shell, make awesome costumes and meet other gamers (or at least awkwardly stand next to them in real life).

Kristen Hughey as Captain America, photo by Lexa One Photographie
Kristen Hughey as Captain America, photo by Lexa One Photographie
Kristen Hughey as Captain America, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging
Kristen Hughey as Captain America, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Cosplay has changed my life in more ways than I could ever imagine; it has made me grow leaps and bounds as a person, allowed me to connect with the most amazing humans around the world, and has completely rerouted my planned career path.

Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by SGH PhotoArt
Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by SGH PhotoArt

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was pursuing degrees in biology and education, simply because I love to learn and had no idea what I wanted to be if I grew up.

Kristen Hughey as Jade from Mortal Kombat, photo by Jay Hooker Images
Kristen Hughey as Jade from Mortal Kombat, photo by Jay Hooker Images

Then I attended my first convention in 2012.

Kristen Hughey as Black Canary, photo by Tony Julius Photography
Kristen Hughey as Black Canary, photo by Tony Julius Photography
Kristen Hughey as Black Canary, photo by SGH Photo Arts
Kristen Hughey as Black Canary, photo by SGH Photo Arts

I finally felt so at home that I put every fiber of my being into making costumes, making new friends who enjoyed the same quirky things as I do and sharing those passions and my life on social media daily.

Kristen Hughey as Boudoir Katarina from league of Legends, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography
Kristen Hughey as Boudoir Katarina from league of Legends, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography
Kristen Hughey as Boudoir Katarina from league of Legends, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography
Kristen Hughey as Boudoir Katarina from league of Legends, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography

I don’t exactly know how all of this unfolded, but I now travel the world as a guest at comic, gaming, anime and pop culture conventions almost weekly to meet other like-minded people.

Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography
Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by Sweet Sensation Photography

Sometimes I judge costume contests, and host panels (I still can’t believe that one) about anything from confidence, acceptance, bullying, cosplay as craft/hobby/business to gaming and anything else that comes to mind during Q&As.

If I’m not traveling non-stop, I live-stream my gaming adventures with my followers on Twitch TV, which is probably my favorite thing ever!

Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging
Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging

(We have a lot of Harley Quinn for you: 15 Bangin’ Harley Quinn Cosplays and Babs Tarr Inspired Harley Quinn Cosplay and if you search “Harley” you’ll find tons more – do you think we have a Harley problem?)

Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by Mineralblu Photography
Kristen Hughey Bombshell Harley Quinn, photo by Mineralblu Photography

Regardless of travel, I do all sorts of things to keep me able to provide daily content as well: making costumes, doing photo shoots, filming/editing videos for YouTube

Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Super Sonico, photo by SGH Photo Art

…interacting on 5+ social media pages, inventory/signing/packaging/shipping print orders, handling business e-mails, writing contracts, side projects strictly to pay bills, taking care of my at-home life and furbabies, and taking care of myself.

Kristen Hughey as Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo, photo by SGH Photo Arts
Kristen Hughey as Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo, photo by SGH Photo Arts

It’s all a bit of chaos right now and I feel like I can’t give anyone or anything 100% when I do back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back shows.

Kristen Hughey as Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter, photo by SGH Photo Art
Kristen Hughey as Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter, photo by M9 Cosplay
Kristen Hughey as Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter, photo by M9 Cosplay

This is where you guys come in. I want to streamline my content producing process and create the best possible stuff I can for you guys on a regular basis!

Kristen Hughey as Slave Leia from Star Wars, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging
Kristen Hughey as Slave Leia from Star Wars, photo by Rocket Queen Imaging

The best way I can think of doing that is to have you more involved in the creation process.

Kristen Hughey as Cammy from Street Fighter, photo by GQ México
Kristen Hughey as Cammy from Street Fighter, photo by GQ México
Kristen Hughey as Cammy from Street Fighter, photo by GQ México
Kristen Hughey as Cammy from Street Fighter, photo by GQ México

That’s why I have started a Patreon page, to have a tight-knit, exclusive #HugheyCrew club for everyone who enjoys what I do and wants to be more involved!

Kristen Hughey as Daenerys Targaryen (Stormborn), Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones, photo by City Light Studio - Sector C
Kristen Hughey as Daenerys Targaryen (Stormborn), Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones, photo by City Light Studio – Sector C

Oh, and don’t for get to follow Kristen on Facebook where she has over 1.7 million fans! You can buy prints of a lot of her best cosplay at her Store Envy site.

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