Body painting, makeup/SFX will be featured at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023

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Body painting and makeup/SFX will be added to the festivities at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay on December 2-3 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. (tickets available)

The 2nd annual event will feature expert body painter Nicole Hays, who competes throughout the U.S. and internationally. But she may best be known for her appearance in Skin Wars. She was a cast member of the bodypainting competition reality show that aired in August of 2014, and was hosted by supermodel Rebecca Romijn and featured fashion celebrity RuPaul. Nicole is in season 1 (full season 1 available on Hulu, and here’s a news story about her experience (below are examples of her work in the show)

Nicole will be hosting and judging the makeup/SFX contest as well as hosting 2 panels (one each day). In addition, you can watch her live, which includes getting yourself painted! (she’ll be taking commissions, get in line early!). More details coming. And one last thing: There will be a full body-painted model roaming throughout the event. 

A little more about Nicole

Her unique artistic style and ability to transform the human body into living works of art captivated both the judges and viewers alike. Nicole’s passion for body painting is evident in her meticulous attention to detail and her ability to create stunning visual illusions on the canvas of the human form.

With a background in fine arts, Nicole brings a depth of creativity and technical skill to her body painting. Her use of vibrant colors, intricate designs, and clever optical illusions sets her apart as a true master of her craft. Throughout her time on “Skin Wars,” Nicole consistently pushed the boundaries of body painting, experimenting with new techniques and pushing her own artistic limits.

Nicole’s appearances on “Skin Wars” not only showcased her exceptional talent but also allowed her to inspire and educate others about the art of body painting. Her dedication to her craft and her ability to bring her imaginative visions to life on the human body have solidified her status as one of the most influential body painters of her generation. Nicole Hays continues to be a respected figure in the body painting community, inspiring aspiring artists and captivating audiences with her awe-inspiring creations.

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