Chloe Kim Talks Her Fortnite Icon Series Collab – HYPEBAE
Last week, Epic Games announced Chloe Kim as the latest star to join Fortnite‘s Icon Series, which has featured names like Ariana Grande and Naomi Osaka in the past. The snowboarder, who won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics earlier this year, launched a collection of outfits and accessories in the video game shortly after the Chloe Kim Cup tournament that took place on March 24.
The team-up is comprised of four outfits, a dragon Glider, icy wings, a frozen pickaxe and a Board Flair Emote. The dragon is a continuing theme throughout the range, referencing the 21-year-old’s Chinese zodiac sign that her father consistently brought up throughout her childhood.
Kim admits that she’s not the best at playing Fortnite, but was more excited than ever when she was invited to be a part of the collaboration. “It’s been such an exciting experience and honestly, I want to say my favorite part was just working with the team because they’re all so talented and creative. They really made my vision come to life,” she tells Hypebae. She also talks about how she struggled to build forts as fast as other players, but it all comes in great timing as Fortnite launched Zero Build, a new, no-building game mode that is now permanent on Fortnite.
Read on for our interview with Kim. The athlete’s limited-edition outfits and accessories are available at Fortnite‘s Item Shop until April 2.
Congratulations on your gold medals at the Olympics. What have you been up to since?
I’ve just been hanging out. I’ve been soaking everything in, since it’s pretty hectic every time you get back from the Olympics. I’m giving myself some time to celebrate on my own.
What’s your experience with gaming? What were some games that you played growing up?
I’ve actually tried to play Fortnite for a few years now, but I’m just not good at it. I’m honestly waiting for Fortnite to send me a coach because I need proper training. But my boyfriend loves playing the game, so he’s been playing a bunch in my outfit, which has been fun to watch.
I personally love games like Mario Kart, but I really do want to become good at Fortnite because it looks like so much fun. When my boyfriend plays, he gets so into it and I lose him for hours. I’ll start my training soon to become the best Fortnite player in the world.
What was your reaction when you found out that you would be a part of the Icon Series?
I was so excited. We’ve been talking about it and working on it for a couple of years now. It’s been such an exciting experience and honestly, I want to say my favorite part was just working with the team because they’re all so talented and creative. They really made my vision come to life. Seeing everything launch and the feedback has been amazing. I’m super happy with it.
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