Cosplay Ideas for Petites

I’ve been cosplaying for about 4 years now, and finding the perfect cosplay as a petite woman is challenging. I’m not talking about size of the costume, but finding a character that suits my height (4’10), facial feature, and body size can be difficult. I recently cosplayed as Sakura Kimonoto’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji, from Cardcaptor Sakura. You can check out that blog post here. When I attend conventions, I really try to perfect my cosplay by height. If I can’t find an anime I like with a short character, I usually try to cosplay as characters under the height of 5’2″.

“Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.”

img_2266As an fan of anime, and an Anime Expo attendee since 2008, I will be sharing some of my favorite characters that can be great cosplays for petite girls/women 5’2″ and under. These anime series are also some of my favorites. When buying my cosplay, I like to look on eBay for sellers who sell “Asian sizes” because their clothes size are usually smaller, and the fit is perfect in length if you’re under 5 feet. If I buy a costume that is too big, I usually try to alter it myself (with some help from my mom and sister), or I would take it to a tailor.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sakura Kinomoto – Height: 4’10” or 148 cm (1st season) | 153 cm or 5 ft (2nd & 3rd season) | 158 cm or 5’2″ (final film) | 163 cm or 5’4″ (at the end of the manga)

Puella Magi Madoka Majica

Madoka Kaname – Height: 152 cm or 4’11-5 ft

Sailor Moon

Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) – Height: 150 cm or 4’11”

Minako Aino (Sailor Venus)- Height: 155 cm or 5’1″

Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) – Height: 158 cm or 5’2 1/2


Taiga Aisaka – Height: 144.5 cm or 4’9″

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun

Sakura Chiyo – Height: 145 cm or 4’9″

Love Live School Idol Project!

Nico Yazawa – Height: 154 cm or 5′-5’1″

Honoka Kousaka – Height: 157 cm or 5’1”-5’2″

Umi Sonoda – Height: 159 cm or 5’2”

Kotori Minami – Height: 159 cm or 5’2″

Anime Expo 2015, I cosplay as Sakura Kinomoto (1st season) because I’m 4’10, and my twin who is 4’11 decided to do Madoka Kaname. In 2015-2016, my sister and I did Cardcaptor Sakura – Sakura Kinomoto & Tomoyo Daidouji. At con, a lot of photographers complemented us on taking our height into consideration because it brought the character to life. Since we’re both under 5 feet, it was amusing seeing multiple photographers say “wow you two are so short!” and they would have to get down on their knees for a good photo. For Anime Expo 2017, My sister (4’11), my friend (5’2), and I will be cosplaying as Love Live characters that was mentioned above – Kotori, Umi, & Honoka.img_2269

 – Cindy

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