Improving yourself is part of life, and this is evident in cosplay. While many started out with just using cheap paper mache armors or store-bought costumes, many cosplayers have changed through the years. From the clear lack of make up skills and costume crafting, many have really leveled up. In Japan, they had a trend where cosplayers show their “Then and Now” photos. These photos showed some cosplayers from when they were still starting out to how they are now. And it seems to have picked up steam abroad, as Instagram seems to get more of these types of “Before and After” photos.Here are a few of them:

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The #Cosplay #Glowup is real! 😱😱😱 I don’t usually post super personal stuff online, but I wanted to take a minute and talk about what being a #Cosplayer has meant to be these past few years! 💕💕💕 I’ve always loved dressing up and playing pretend (hence, why I went to school for Acting) and so finding a community where it is not only accepted but ENCOURAGED as an adult to chase your cartoon passions with reckless abandon meant the world to me! ✨✨✨ Before cosplay, I didn’t really feel comfortable in my own skin. Isn’t it weird how pretending to be other people can make YOU feel better too? Cosplay also brought SO many amazing people into my life in ways I can’t even begin to describe.💗💗💗 And we all start somewhere! My #2008 photo is from an all-nighter we pulled to make #SailorMoon costumes from scratch and they look garbage but how proud are we?? 😂😂😂And here I am, almost 10 years later, practicing my art, expressing my passions, and feeling at home in such an amazing community.😍😍😍 Cosplay isn’t about fame, or followers, or popularity – and it’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of that isn’t it? Cosplay is #ART; and it’s how I express myself each and every time I dress up. ❤️✨ Thank you all for supporting me and my lil corner of the artistic internet — you inspire me to continue to create more and more!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!! Don’t ever stop expression your passions as big and as loud as you can. No one can stop you chasing your dreams!! ✨💕🎀🌙🎀💕✨ #CaleighCosplay #growup #nowandthen #sidebyside #princessserenity #sailormooncosplay #sailormooncrystal #sailorsenshi #90s #90skid #miccostumes #cosplayer #cosplaygirl #geekgirl #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplaysky #girlboss #cosplayyourway #cosplayglowup #cosplaymeme

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Well, cosplayers had to start somewhere, right? These cosplayers usually use the #cosplayglowup , #cosplayevolution, and #cosplayimprovement hashtags for Instagram, so other cosers can check them out or try it too.

Source: Sora News 24