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.
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.
“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.
Twice a week, Pike hosts a livestream of her transformation on Twitch, where fans can watch her metamorphose into character before their eyes.
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.
“I deal with it by staying positive.”
“People are interested at the idea that models have talent, I guess.”