The name Mariah Mallad has become synonymous with cosplaying and here’s how it happened. The anime industry is a continuously growing industry that is solidifying its roots in every major country of the world. Current estimation places the anime industry at a value of over $18 billion. Anime, which is the global name for the Japanese animation style enjoys a symbiotic relationship with other forms of art which includes gaming. The gaming industry, which is worth $91.5 billion makes use of many anime styles and thus has contributed to a global level of reach for anime art. A market of this size and reach is bound to create other money making ventures and one of them is cosplaying.
Cosplaying is a performance art that involves dressing up as characters from another artwork, such as a character from a video game, comic book, movie or TV show. The costumes required for cosplaying are usually expected to be homemade. With the global rise in the influence of anime and the gaming industry, there has been a growth in the cosplaying subculture that has birthed a number of cosplaying stars who are making a living out of being cosplayers. One of these super cosplayers is, of course, our very own Mariah Mallad, more popularly known as Momokun.
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Mariah Mallad (Momokun)
In the modern age of the internet, traditional office desk jobs are no longer the standard way of making money. With social media and the growing interest in various entertainment options, being an online content creator is one of the effective ways of making an income. One can be the creator of different things – videos for YouTube, stream your gaming skills on Twitch, be an influencer on social media sites like Reddit, Facebook or Twitter or you can be a professional cosplayer, getting paid by cosplay enthusiasts to dress up as characters of their choosing. Mariah Mallad went with the latter.
The American cosplayer who further signified the penetrative influence of the genre was born in Detroit, Michigan on the 19th of September, 1995. At the time of this report, there is not a lot of information available regarding her education and childhood.
Her journey into cosplaying started with her being a huge fan of one of the supporting art forms that feed the performative art of cosplaying, gaming. Mariah grew up as a big-time gamer which piqued her interest in dressing up as some of her favorite characters from video games.
Like every innocent idea, she started small as a means of having fun but the admiration she got for her style of cosplaying has drawn fans and admirers from all over the world. Not long after, she became a professional cosplayer and has built a large social media following of over 400,000 fans. Her social media presence includes a subreddit of her works r/Momokun_MariahMallad which has over 18 thousand subscribers. She resides in Las Vegas, Nevada which is also where she works from.
Mariah Mallad aka Momokun is a plus-sized cosplayer. A combination of her body curves and charisma has contributed to her popularity in an industry mostly followed by men. Originally admired and loved in the cosplaying world as a fun personality, her popularity earned her sponsorship from various companies including the Creators Guild, an anime and gamer clothing company.
Perhaps she fell into the trap of fame or it was always a part of her character all along, but Mariah lost all her goodwill when she developed a reputation for sexually harassing men and women at various conventions.
Her notoriety for sexual harassment is best highlighted in an incident where she pulled down a cosplayer’s top and exposed her breast in a crowded hall.
Sexual Harassment is the top of a list of cosplaying crimes she’s been accused of that has led to her fall from the admired to the loathed. She’s been accused of buying her costumes, which goes against the principle of cosplaying, she’s also been accused of body shaming which in itself is a terrible thing but is considered more severe in an industry that features a lot of exposed body parts.
Her growing negative reputation has led to Mariah losing a lot of her corporate sponsors.
However, despite the growing disinterest in her art, she has still been able to maintain a large following among the cosplaying community and she earns money through Patreon and softcore porn.