Being a cosplayer is a labor of love. It involves intricate, sometimes expensive costumes and heavy criticism. And as a popular Black cosplayer has just shown, if you're a person of color, it gets even worse.
KayBear's post has been shared over 13,000 times, with many coming out to support her.
"I thought it was perfect. Real cosplayer don't see gender or race they see people who took time to dress up as a character their own way! You keep doing amazing work and don't listen to the other voices that are just jealous of your skills," one follower commented on her Facebook post.
"You really do have some of the best cosplay around. If people are hung up over the color of your skin then they have much deeper issues. Much love to you...please keep being awesome," another user commented on Facebook.
But sadly, this is just one of many occurrences of racism in the whitewashed cosplay world.
Although there are characters of all ethnicities, many cosplayers of color are targeted with people insisting they don't fit the "mold" of what the character actually looks like, despite the characters being fictional.
With her 160,000 Facebook followers and 183,000+ Instagram followers, KayBear stands for an underrepresented community in geek culture.
KayBear showed her thousands of followers that, despite nerds of all colors loving the cosplay world, they have to try twice as hard to even be accepted. But regardless of the haters, KayBear also encouraged her followers to cosplay for THEMSELVES and not for the approval of others.
"All that matters is that you love yourself, express yourself, and keep enjoying what you do for YOU," KayBear said in her post. Most of all, people just need to use their damn imagination.