This Model Stunningly Transforms Herself Into Superheroes With Just Body Paint

Incredible, eh?

Kay Pike is a 28-year-old artist, model, designer, and cosplayer from Calgary, Alberta who’s taken costuming to the next level.

Kay Pike / Via Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Because her “costumes” are created entirely from body paint — and they are freakishly accurate.

Kay Pike

Kay Pike

 

Pike as Robin Hood. No, that’s not the drawing.

Pike told BuzzFeed Canada she picked up body-painting after developing “recent health issues” that prevented her from making costumes for cosplaying.

Kay Pike

Kay Pike

 

“I’ve always been cosplaying, but recently I had [arthritic] health problems and I haven’t been able to dress up,” she said. Her arthritis made sitting at her sewing machine extremely difficult and strenuous on her back. Then, a few months ago while attending the Edmonton Comic Expo, she met a body painter who introduced her to the art form. “It’s been a great way to play without the pain.”

She now shares all of her work with her combined 80,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook.

Kay Pike

Including videos, which might throw you off at first (press play).

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Dang, girl.

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

She’s even paid homage to Captain Canuck!

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Pike says each of her characters take about 10+ hours to paint.

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Captain Planet was one of the longest projects: “That took 14 hours.”

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Twice a week, Pike hosts a livestream of her transformation on Twitch, where fans can watch her metamorphose into character before their eyes.

Instagram: @kaypikefashion

Her followers have been overwhelmingly positive, but she does get “alarming” misogynistic comments every so often. “The usual, generic comments” of the cosplay world, she says.

Kay Pike

Kay Pike

 

“I deal with it by staying positive.”

“People are interested at the idea that models have talent, I guess.”

 

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Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.
 
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