San Diego Comic-Con
From a portrait series of strong women at San Diego Comic Con
Ruth Ajuzie, of San Diego, Calif., cosplays as the X-Men character Storm. "I loved the X-Men comics and animated series, I did feel represented but we learn to love what we don't see ourselves in," said Ajuzie. "We're starting to get to a jog instead of just a step now, it's getting better.... I wish [the changes in pop culture] would translate more to changes in the social construct we have now.... The feelings we get from this community at comic con need to be all around us in everyday life, not just a haven that we escape to once a year."