Meet Richard Schaefer. He’s a 21 year old fashion design student and his cosplay on Disney princesses are totally on point!
“I decided to start cosplaying as princesses because of how androgynous people used to say I was. Curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to transform myself into my favorite princess — Ariel, who I have loved since I was a child. I was pleasantly surprised at how convincing I looked so I decided to stick at it and try different princesses too,” he says to DailyMail.
His favourite character to cosplay is Ariel from The Little Mermaid, hence why his Instagram username is @theofficialariel. We mean, his Ariel is totally uncanny, he even got Ariel’s expression of the thingamabobs sorted. We forgot that it’s actually Richard underneath all that makeup and wig.
Been playing cosplay for about four years now, Richard uses cosplay as a way to boost up his self esteem due to being bullied in school, “Being a princess definitely helped me to become a more confident person. Not only do I feel beautiful as a person but I feel even more beautiful when I’m just myself, the ball gown is just an added bonus.”
As of now, Richard currently owns 40 costumes and 30 wigs. It takes him almost 2 hours to do the makeup and ensemble. Hey, it’s totally worth it because he nails it.
Unfortunately, Richard’s Instagram is set to private :( But no worries, we managed to screenshot some of Richard’s cosplay here!