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Yaya Han is a Chinese–American cosplayer, model, and costume designer who has a net worth of $3 Million. She was always a creative and artistic person who loved to draw.

Yaya gained popularity as a guest judge on two seasons of the TBS competition show, King of the Nerds. She was named one of the top 10 Most Popular Cosplayers of 2014.

Yaya cosplayed some of the most recognizable characters such as Chun-Li, Jessica Rabit, and Daenerys Targaryen. She served as a host, panelist, and judge at over 100 conventions and events worldwide.

What is Yaya Han’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$3 Million
BornApril 10, 1980
ProfessionCosplayer, Model
Salary (Annual)$450,000
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Yaya Han was born on April 10th, 1982, and spent some of her childhood in Guangzhou, China. Her stepfather was a flight attendant for Lufthansa Airlines. So the majority of her childhood was spent living in Germany.

She also got to travel to multiple destinations on her stepdad’s flights. Therefore, she is fluent in Chinese, German, and English, as well as a bit of French, Japanese, Spanish, and Latin.


While living in China, Yaya was exposed to Anime Manga, which was a very popular form of entertainment. The first Anime she watched was Saint Seiya, and from then on, she was hooked.

Yaya was introduced to American comic books by her childhood friends and found herself enjoying video games quite a lot as well. Her favorite games are the Uncharted series.

Aside from Anime and video games, she was always an artistic child who loved to paint and draw. When she was in her teens, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. There she joined a small local Anime club where she found out about LA’s Anime Expo.

Yaya Han decided to put her artistic talents to use and plan to attend the Expo to sell her drawings. When she was looking up pictures from the previous Anime Expo, she saw all these pictures of people dressed up in costume and fell in love.

(Photo by Yaya Han's Instagram)
(Photo by Yaya Han’s Instagram)


Yaya attended her first Anime Expo in 1999, dressed as Mill Varna from the 90s Anime Maze. She had made the costume with a $40 sewing machine and fabrics found at thrift stores.

At that time, she was surrounded by people who were also dressed up and that’s when she learned that this was called “CosPlaying”. Yaya started going to conventions regularly with friends during a time when cosplay was just starting to gain popularity in the US.

Her friends and she were constantly putting together skits and choreography. After a while, she grew tired of constantly working on skits and waiting backstage. Thanks to her success, Yaya Han earned a net worth of $3 Million.

Further Success

She took a break and just hung out in the halls cosplaying. Luckily, she became even more successful and became one of the first cosplayers to do location and studio photo shoots.

In 2001, Yaya was the first cosplayer to be invited to a convention as a guest of honor. It was rare for her fan such as herself to be selected to appear alongside voice actors, panelists, and hosts, it was a big moment in her cosplaying career.

Other Ventures

Although cosplaying was a huge part of her life, Yaya had a salary job that she worked full-time. During that time, cosplaying was just a hobby for her. She started to get requests from costs and commissioners but she turned them down because she had no time between her work and her costume-making.

It wasn’t until 2004 that Yaya Han began to take commissions for costume designs. She quit her salary job and signed up with the “DayDream Artisans” along with her business partner Brian Bolling. Soon, Yaya became one of North America’s greatest costume designers and cosplayers.

Career Highlights

  • 2014 Top 10 Most Popular Cosplayers
  • Cosplaying most popular characters like Chun-Li, Jessica Rabit, and Daenerys Targaryen, among others
  • Being featured multiple times on King of the Nerds as a guest

Yaya Han Net Worth

Yaya Han has managed to design more than 300 costumes anime, comic books, and video games throughout her career. She also appeared on several events and TV shows including Syfy channel’s reality show, Heroes of Cosplay alongside Chloe Dykstra.

Han found success with her cosplay career. It all began when she found out about Anime Expo from a local Anime group that she was a part of. After seeing pictures of people in costume, she decided to join them. She began cosplaying as a hobby which eventually turned her into a social media sensation.

Her passion for cosplaying became so significant that she had to resign from her full-time job and establish a costume commission business with her then-boyfriend, Brian Boling. As of 2023, Yaya Han’s net worth is estimated to be $3 Million.

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