Cosplayer and makeup artist Ilona Bugaeva inhabits a myriad of different of female characters through her impressive costumes. While many cosplayers pick a limited number of people to emulate, Bugaeva casts a wide net and models herself after Disney characters, women in Game of Thrones, as well as the iconic Princess Leia. Each figure is so convincing—and Bugaeva is such a great chameleon—that you wouldn’t know what she looks like outside of her fantasy attire.
Costumes are just part of how Bugaeva pulls off her cosplay characters. Aside from the perfectly-styled wigs and makeup, it’s also in how she acts. When posing, Bugaeva thinks about the personality of the women she’s emulating; dressing as Hermione from Harry Potter means she must look confident and self-assured, while Belle from Beauty and the Beast must look sweet and unassuming. This commitment to the characters is what takes her cosplay from being ordinary to extraordinary.
To see what Bugaeva is cosplaying as next, follow her popular Instagram account.
Ilona Bugaeva emulates an impressive amount of female characters through her cosplay costumes.
While her wigs and makeup are spot on…
… it’s her ability to become the personality of each character that makes her cosplay a work of perfection.
Ilona Bugaeva: Instagram
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