Jessica Nigri is a cosplayer who gained fame in 2009 at the San Diego Comic-Con where her “Sexy Pikachu” costume went viral. Since 2012 she has served as an official spokesmodel for several video games and comic book series.
As for the costume in 2009, Jessica Nigri said, “I have always been a fan of Pokémon and all things nerd! I had no idea what cosplay was.” She first started watching anime when she was about 6 or 7. “Since around then I was eating, breathing, speaking, playing and living Pokémon.”
She described herself on Facebook as “just a girl trying to make friends.” Her nickname is Jessie.
Though she was born in the States, she grew up in New Zealand. She moved back to the United States when she was 12. Growing up, she originally was looking at going into nursing as a career. “I went to the hospital with my mom (she’s an ICU nurse) and I was like noooo way! So then I was kind of scared, what am I gonna do with my life, etc.”
As for cosplay, she said, “Cosplay to me means friendship. It means finding other people who totally dig what you dig and getting along because of the intense amount of likeness between the different groups of people.”
Jessica Nigri doesn’t do nudes or butt shots because “the only person [I want] to see me the way I am is my husband. I know it’s kind of old-fashioned, but it’s the way I am. But I don’t think the world needs to see that, and once you see that, you can never go back. They saw everything and then they leave, like porn stars you’ve seen them naked, there’s no mystery. So I’m kind of playing on the fact that there is still mystery…and it sells better than anything.”
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As for her fans, Jessica Nigri said, “I treat everyone as if they’re wearing a shirt that says ‘make me feel special,’ because you don’t know what their day has been like…you never judge someone because when I first started, people judged me like crazy.” She stays grounded, too, because “I think it’s ‘cause I’m not a big deal, so I don’t act like I am.”
Aside from cosplay, she enjoys running, hiking, gaming, watching anime and reading comics. “I adore hanging out with my friends, going out on the town and having a great time. I do not drink so it gives me lots of money to spend on all my nerdy stuff in my down time. I am also studying a little bit of Japanese and hopefully will spend a year there after I get my degree.”
A bit of trivia: her favorite science fiction movie is “Dune.”
She said she will eventually retire from modeling and pursue a career in the “behind the scenes” parts of marketing and advertising. Jessica Nigri is married and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.