Competitive Bodybuilder Slips Into Street Fighter’s Chun-Li Persona in Kick-Ass Cosplay

By Rachael Fiddis

July 13, 2021

Meet Street Fighter V‘s “real-life” Chun-Li in this incredibly accurate cosplay.

Street Fighter is one of Capcom’s most beloved fighting games, making the rounds since 1987. Inspired by the manga Karate baka ichidai, the title is one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time and serves as one of Capcom’s flagship series with total sales of 46 million units worldwide as of December last year.

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In appreciation of Street Fighter’s very first female fighter, body builder and traditional Chinese medicine doctor Yuan Herong brings the kick-ass character truely to the real world.

Bodybuilder Herong, 32, has taken the internet by storm with her perfectly played Chun-Li cosplay that showcases the doctor’s well toned muscles. Having always had a love for martial arts especially Chinese Kung Fu, Street Fighter V‘s strongest woman in the world” is certainly not a far stretch for Yuan.

Wearing what looks to be an alternate outfit consisting of a black sleeveless evening gown with gold accents at the bottom that’s had some adjustments made to it for those high kicks as well as Chun-Li’s trademark hairstyle coupled with those spiked metal bracelets, Yuan Herong’s cosplay is as near perfection as you can get.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Herong spoke about her routine and finding time to juggle her work life as well as getting her body in shape for competetions “Because I am a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, I don’t need to work shifts. Therefore I get to go to the gym at 5:30pm when I finish work. I go there four to five times a week no matter it rains or not.”

To check out more of Yuan’s bodybuilding, she is pretty active over on Instagram where you can take a look at what it takes to look as good as she does.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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