Nicole McKoy was originally born in South Korea and raised in Miami, Florida. Classically trained, she attended New World School of the Arts High School for Fine Art, and went on to graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts. Nicole spent the next few years honing her skills as both an illustrator and seamstress, during which she sewed over 50 different costumes and won multiple awards for both her original designs and recreations. She has also appeared on SyFy's "Heroes of Cosplay", where she starred as a guest judge for the contestants. Nicole currently works with her husband, Mervyn McKoy, for their company, Paper Lab Studios, whose office is based in Fort Lauderdale.