Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri dressed as Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw) at E3 2012
Born (1989-08-05) August 5, 1989
Reno, Nevada, United States[1]
Nationality American
Citizenship U.S., New Zealand
Occupation Cosplay celebrity, spokesmodel, YouTuber, voice actress
Years active 2009–present (Cosplaying)
2012–present (Modeling)

Jessica Nigri (born August 5, 1989) is a New Zealand-American cosplay celebrity, promotional model, YouTuber, voice actress and fan convention interview correspondent. She has been cosplaying since 2009 and modeling since 2012, having served as an official spokesmodel for several video games and comic book series, including Lollipop Chainsaw and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Early life

Nigri as Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann) at Saboten Con 2009

Jessica Nigri was born in Reno, Nevada,[1] United States, and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand,[2] which is her mother's home nation.[3][4][5] She later moved to Arizona. Nigri has been cosplaying since 2009,[6] when her cosplay of "Sexy Pikachu" she wore to San Diego Comic-Con International went viral on the Internet.[5][7][8] In 2011, she promoted Gears of War 3 for Microsoft and GameStop, dressed up as the game's character Anya Stroud for the game's release.[9]


In 2012, Nigri won IGN's contest for a model to portray Juliet Starling, protagonist of Suda51's video game Lollipop Chainsaw, and was hired as a spokesmodel by Warner Bros. Games.[10][11][12][13][14] When she appeared as Juliet at the 2012 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East, convention officials, having received complaints that the pink outfit she was wearing was too revealing, asked her to either change or step off the floor and restrict her presence; Nigri changed into Juliet Starling's regular costume, but it was deemed too revealing as well, and she was asked to leave.[13][15][16][17] As part of the deal, Kadokawa Games brought her on Lollipop Chainsaw to Japan to attend Akihabara[18] and tour Japanese video game magazines and websites, including Famitsu and Dengeki.[19] That same year, Nigri signed up to promote or represent several other works, including Kill3rCombo's video game Elsword,[17][20][21] and comic book series Grimm Fairy Tales (for Zenescope Entertainment)[22][23] and Knightingail (by Crucidel Productions).[24][25]

In 2013, she was again approached by Suda51 to portray the character Vivienne Squall from Grasshopper Manufacture's new video game Killer Is Dead, which she did.[26][27][28] That same year, after cosplaying the character Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III,[29][30] she was hired by Ubisoft to portray a female version of Captain Edward Kenway, the protagonist of video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag at gamescom 2013.[31][32][33] At E3 2013, she portrayed both Vivienne Squall and Edward Kenway;[4][8][34] she also represented Tecmo Koei's video game Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, portraying the character Miss Monday at PAX 2013.[35] In 2014, she cosplayed at Carbine Studios' WildStar PAX East booth.[36]

Nigri co-hosting cosplay contest (dressed as Lux from League of Legends) at the 2014 Amazing Arizona Comic Con

Nigri was spokesmodel for Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2011,[37] was invited to multiple conventions including Anime Expo 2012,[38][39] Anime Revolution 2012 (including appearing as the convention mascot Senkaku Mei[40])[41] and 2013,[42][43] AVCon 2013,[44] Montreal Comiccon 2013,[45] Anime South 2013,[46] and Ottawa Pop Expo,[47] as a guest of honor. She was featured in YouTube shows such as KassemG[48][49] and The Philip DeFranco Show,[50][51][52][53] and in a unique card in the downloadable trading card game Z.[54]

Nigri has worked as an interviewer for media outlets such as GameZone,[34] RUGGED TV,[55] and Comic Book Therapy.[56] She also starred in several commercial video advertisements and music videos, and did charity work.[42][47][57] Aside from appearing on the PDS in the past, Nigri is a friend of DeFranco, including having her merchandise hosted in his store ForHumanPeoples,[58] Nigri opened her own online poster store, named NIGRI PLEASE!.[59] According to PlayStation Official Magazine, Nigri is "not just a cosplayer but also a massive gamer";[12] she says she has played video games since her early childhood, starting at an age of seven[4] and having been first exposed to them by her father.[3][5]

She has been active as a member of the cosplay group XX Girls[17] and Kat Gunn's professional gaming and cosplay team, Less Than 3 (LT3), sponsored by Mad Catz.[60] Jessica has also worked with theCHIVE.[61][62] For some time, a particular interest of Nigri has been to crossplay, that is to dress up as "genderbending"[63] female versions of various male characters. After Nigri reportedly declined to appear on the controversial 2013 reality show Heroes of Cosplay,[64] the Syfy network's producers manufactured what appeared to be a fierce rivalry and dislike between her and the show's star Yaya Han in order to make the series look more dramatic;[65][66][67][68][69] the two later appeared together to explain they are actually friends in real life and the show is not necessarily an accurate representation of cosplay subculture.[70] Nigri said she plans to eventually retire from modeling and to study and pursue a career in the "behind the scenes" aspects of marketing and advertising.[6]

On January 14, 2016, Nigri announced on YouTube that she has started a Patreon account.[71] Within a week, she reached 714 patreons and earnings of about $8,872 per month, making her more successful than some of the top 50 Patreon creators.[72][73] Jessica was named one of the top ten most popular cosplayers in 2014.[74]


Film and television

List of voice performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2013–Present RWBY Cinder Fall
2014 Red vs. Blue Tan with pink trim Lieutenant (unnamed character) Season 12
2015 Super Sonico: The Animation Sonico
2016-Present RWBY Chibi Cinder Fall First appears in Episode 18


Year Title Role
2012 "Zom-Be-Gone"[75] Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)
2012 "Buzzzzzz Kill"[76] Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)
2013 "KID TV"[77] Vivienne Squall (KILLER IS DEAD)

Music videos

Year Title Role
2011 "Chalkskin: T 'n A"[78] "Cos-Play Girl"
2012 "Nigri Please!"[53] Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)

Video Games

Year Title Role
2016 "Sonicomi: Communication With Sonico"[79] Sonico

See also


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