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  • Jessica Nigri, one of the top cosplayers in the world, has a new documentary with Rooster Teeth about her life.
  • Nigri has millions of social-media followers, and is one of the few people to make cosplay her full-time job.
  • Nigri said that she and other top cosplayers have seen their reach on Facebook dramatically decrease in recent months, in line with what online publishers have seen.

From the first time Jessica Nigri tried cosplay — the practice of dressing up as a character from movies, video games, or another fictional universe — she seemed destined to be a star.

In 2009, a friend of Nigri’s bought her a ticket to attend Comic-Con, the massive convention held every year in San Diego. Nigri did a quick Google search of the event and saw that some people dressed up as their favorite characters to attend, she told Business Insider. She decided to give it a go, and dressed as Pikachu from Pokémon.

Nigri expected to have a good time, and said when she got there she looked around and thought, “These are my people.” But she didn’t expect a photo of her at the convention to go viral, flooding her Facebook and Myspace with friend requests from people she’d never met.

There were a few reasons for that. First, Nigri wasn’t just dressed as Pikachu, but rather “Sexy Pikachu,” sporting a barely-there outfit that generated quite a bit of buzz. Second, in one picture she had a badge with her name on it, so that allowed random people to find her online.

Getting that kind of intense internet reaction from strangers might have terrified some people, but not Nigri.

“It was like an immediate addiction,” Nigri said of her first cosplay experience.

Now Nigri is one of the most popular cosplayers in the world, with beautiful and insanely intricate costumes she Read More Here