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The First Hijabi Ballerina Joins Millie Bobby Brown Alongside Inspiring Women In Latest Converse Campaign

What does it mean to be a woman in this day and age? 

American shoe brand Converse starts the conversation on embracing one's femininity in its latest campaign. Featuring breakthrough Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, the advocacy encourages ladies around the world to share their own definitions of womanhood. Joining the movement are girls from different walks of life: Stephanie Kurlow (the world's first hijabi ballerina), Qin Yungquan (self-defense instructor), Naomi Preizler ?(nonconformist musician), and Kasia Gola (tech expert). Using the iconic Converse Chuck 70 as their canvas, these inspiring ladies wrote down their own definitions of gender—and wore their 'statement piece' loud and proud.

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Millie Bobby Brown, actress

"GIRL: We are defined by who we are, not by what we look like."

Young actress Millie Bobby Brown turned heads and raised brows when she donned a pair of Converse sneakers to the 2018 SAG Awards—but Eleven couldn't care less!

 

"This girl from a show came up to me and she said, 'Are you wearing sneakers to an awards show?" Millie quipped in a video uploaded by Converse. "I was like, 'Yup. Yup. That's right.'  ... Society tells girls to have long hair and boys to have short, but I shaved all my hair off... It's not illegal to wear combats to an awards show! You can't tell me how to be a girl." Very well said, Millie!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You can’t tell @milliebobbybrown how to be a girl. #InMyConverse

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GIRL : we are defined by who we are not by what we look like. #InMyConverse #ConversePartner

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Stephanie Kurlow, hijabi ballerina in Australia

"GIRL is influential and a risk taker"

The 17-year-old Australian-Russian has been working towards her dream of becoming the first professional Hijabi ballerina in the world. Her dream is to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams—regardless of race or religion.

 

Qin Yungquan, self-defense instructor in Singapore

 “GIRL is a warrior”

This Singapore native is a social activist and self-defense instructor committed to empowering ordinary women and children. In a world of stereotypes, Qin encourages people to work with each other towards an equal society.

 

Naomi Preizler, nonconformist musician in Argentina

"GIRL is to be human”

This androgynous musician loves to explore, experiment with new things, and go against the impossible. 

 

Kasia Gola, tech expert in Poland

"GIRL is disciplined, works hard and achieves."

Polish tech expert Kasia founded GeekGoesChic and Flowbox. Marrying the best of both worlds, she specializes in technology, with a focus on fashion. 

 

Love the Progress

Crafted by female footwear designers, the Converse "Love the Progress" collection (P4,990) was inspired by women of all ages to promote love, unity, and community. It's an edgy yet feminine line, with graphic prints and meaningful messages that encourage women to define themselves on their own terms. Wear them with ripped jeans, with comfy leggings, with form-fitting dresses, or even under Cinderella-esque ball gowns—the possibilities are endless. Remember—you can't let anyone tell you how to act, so dress according to your own rules!

The Love the Progress collection is now available at PHP 4,990 in Converse stores nationwide.