South African cosplayer Kelsey Atkins has scooped first place at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) – the "largest and most prestigious cosplay competition in the world", according to a press statement by Comic Con Africa.
Kelsey, known as "JinxKittie", was announced cosplay champion at Comic Con Africa 2019. As part of her prize, she was sent to Chicago to compete at C2E2 against cosplayers from all around the world.
"JinxKittie stood out in her intricate Priestess Bathory Cosplay. Over 600 hours of design, hand stitching, embroidering and 3D printing went into this incredible Cosplay, making JinxKittie the champion of the 2019 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay (sic)," the statement reads.
TAKE A LOOK AT HER PRIESTESS BATHORY COSTUME HERE:
Sharing her excitement on Instagram, Kelsey wrote: "I still can't believe it happened! Everything was such a rush and it has definitely not sunken in yet! It was such an honor to be here and part of this amazing convention and competition! There were some seriously talented and amazing people competing this year and I am so humbled and excited to have met them! (sic)"
Compiled by Nikita Coetzee