There are more than a few ways to express self-love—one of which is through fashion. You can even make a statement out of it, just like what Converse is conveying through their Love Fearlessly collection. Their latest campaign celebrates individuality and encourages others to love themselves first. It’s a bold collection any sneakerhead can get into. In fact, even actress Bianca Umali is obsessed! Here’s what she has to say:
Do you consider yourself a sneakerhead? Tell us how the obsession started.
Yes, I’m a certified sneakerhead! My love and obsession for sneakers started when I was 12 and got my first pair of Chuck Taylors.
Growing up, I always saw myself as "one of the boys" because I was never really into girly things like dresses, bags, accessories, heels, or the color pink. I always liked wearing oversized hand-me-down shirts from my older cousins, a pair of jeans, and my pair of Chucks.
What do you consider when buying a pair of sneakers?
Like with everything else, I always go for simplicity, comfort, and style. I always choose minimal designs over flashy ones. For me, the simpler the look, the better.
What made you decide to wear Converse Love Fearlessly sneakers?
It’s such a powerful campaign for me that focuses on self-love, self-worth, and self-respect. I’ve learned those three different things in the hardest ways possible, but they also teach you how to believe in yourself. You matter. You are loved. You are worthy. You are magical. You cannot truly love another person until you’ve learned how to love yourself. There is no one else like you, and that’s your superpower.
Which pair do you like most? How does it represent your idea of self-love?
My favorite pair of sneakers from the campaign is the Love Fearlessly Chuck 70 in Amethyst Grey. The quote "Love Fearlessly" is printed all over the canvas, and that in itself, says everything.
Is shopping considered a form of self-love?
Yes, but maybe not too much. You should know the difference between your needs and wants. Prioritize what you need and practice self-control with what you want—but definitely reward yourself when you deserve it.
How do you usually express self-love?
Sometimes, you need to give yourself a pat on the back and remind yourself that you’re doing a good job.
The Converse Love Fearlessly collection is available at Converse stores, Converse LazMall, and select retailers nationwide. Find out more about the collection by following Converse Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.