Heavily interested in fashion and the arts, Linda “Vampy Bit Me” Le learned to style in the States, and then went abroad to London and Japan to continue her studies. Upon arriving back in the States, she began to teach makeup and dabbled in modeling.
Having made a splash in the cosplay scene with her depictions of classic anime and video game characters, she was discovered by Japanese toy company Kotobukiya and was featured in the cosplay showcase book Otacool 2, which became a worldwide success. Eager for more creative outlets, she then teamed up with Long Vo, the artist on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, to create images, artwork and a comic for Udon Entertainment’s book, VENT.
Soon after, Linda’s love for toys became her lifestyle which led to artistic collaborations with KusoVinyl, Sideshow Toy’s Tim Miller, Nakanari for Gibson Guitar, and many other companies around the world. She recently collaborated with Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist to produce a show about the world of cosplay called “Just Cos,” which features cosplayers from all walks of life telling their stories.
She is currently part of a costume/prop maker’s group named Team Mantium Designs who builds and fabricates highly articulate armor. She continues to keep pushing for creative freedom in all mediums and loves to teach everyone she can about the Otaku lifestyle. You can find her at conventions all year ’round promoting cosplay in a good light to all avenues and genres, as well as working with non-profit organizations to help Japan.