View Full Version : Nude tight top for a Muslim girl cosplayer?

02-19-2012, 11:13 PM
Hey guys, I want to do my fist cosplay ever, as Korra from Avatar: Legend of Korra. I am a Muslim so I have to dress conservatively (I won't be wearing the headscarf though so the hair is not an issue). If you look up a picture of Korra, you can see that her shoulders are bare, and I can't do that. Would it look stupid if I wore a nude leotard like this: http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/recent/style_TB135.html?TopCat=&cat=LS&Shop=Style&SID=317067703 under my cosplay? My skin tone is similar to Korras (I'm Pakistani), so IDK if the nude leotard would be the correct tone. It seems almost exact to my skin on the website but...hm...
Any suggestions? Thoughts? Would I look ridiculous?

02-21-2012, 12:34 PM
I don't see it as being an issue at all, especially if it matches your skin. Even if it's off, that's one of those things that people will understand (and the ones that don't are probably worth ignoring, anyway). I've worn Capezio nude leotards before, and they tend to be fairly light. For reference, I'm genetically Italian on my Dad's side, and the Capezio nudes would be noticeably different against my skin by the end of summer (but the golden tones they used blended nicely with my skin if I'd been out of the sun for months, as at the end of winter). I've heard that nylon takes dye, but I've never tried and skin tone dyes are hard to do.

Also, so excited for Korra and another Korra cosplayer (I'm planning on trying to make her for this July). ^_^

Worst case, you don't like the nude leotard and can't change it, she does have a coat on at one point. http://mimg.ugo.com/201107/3/7/5/203573/korra-with-polar-bear-dog.png

I'd go with the leotard over this (assuming this is a summer cosplay), even if it's not a perfect match, but you gotta admit, that's an awesome coat, and it could be cheated with a heavier draping light fabric so it's not quite so hot.

02-21-2012, 02:33 PM
I've seen other Muslim girls do that and even wear scarves in the color of a character's hair. I think most people at cons understand the limitations of some religions in costuming and accept it.

You're right that it may not match your skin tone exactly, and it's truly impossible to know until you have it in your hands. Check their return policy just in case.

02-22-2012, 12:57 PM
Of course it's okay! I've seen a Starfire with a nude top on, and I couldn't even tell it was there until I saw her adjust it. It's a common thing for cosplayers to do, even if they just aren't comfortable showing their skin.

Also, if you can, buy one from a store so you know the color you're getting, so that you can pick out a good match. Check thrift stores and costume shops, or even local dance supply shops if you have any.

08-30-2012, 09:30 PM
Would be be acceptable to have a scarf covering your shoulders? I see many fan art of Korra wearing Mako's scarf, and they're very cute. I imagine it could translate well to cosplay.

09-24-2012, 06:46 AM
Other more covered-up options for Korra would be her Pro-Bending uniform or her Air Bending student's uniform.

http://images.wikia.com/avatar/images/7/72/Korra_pro-bending.png http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/7056964435_e9a8474c8e_n.jpg