Forget the swimsuit and the national costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant, this set of personalized kicks which was showcased yesterday, is what's really worth ogling. At least 19 candidates from the 2016 Miss Universe competition were tasked with recreating a nearly 100-year-old classic shoe, Converse All Star.
So, how do you personalize a pair of Chucks like a Queen? If you're Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, you put blue and green watercolor on it. See? Isn't it ahh-mazing?
The Miss Universe candidates lent their time and creativity to produce customized Converse sneakers to be auctioned for the Positive Action Foundation. A foundation supported by the Ms Universe organization, Positive Action Foundation is devoted into helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families particularly those who are displaced from their employment due to HIV phenomenon.
Click through to see the Converse sneakers, many of which could've easily appeared on the runway, too.
The candidates who participated are Ms. Angola – Luisa Baptista, Ms. Belgium – Stephanie Goldof, Ms. Belize – Rebecca Rath, Ms. Brazil – Raissa Santana, Ms. Bulgaria – Violina Ancheva, Ms. Cayman Islands – Monyque Brooks, Ms. Costa Rica – Carolina Duran, Ms. Germany – Johanna Acs, Ms. Guatemala – Virginia Argueta, Ms. Iceland – Hildur Maria, Ms. Mexico – Kristal Silva, Ms. Netherlands – Zoey Ivory, Ms. Nicaragua – Marina Jacoby, Ms. Panama – Keity Drenan, Ms. Paraguay – Andrea Melgarejo, Ms. Philippines – Maxine Medina, Ms. Russia – Yuliana Korolkova, Ms. Thailand – Chalita Suansane, and Ms. Uruguay – Magdalena Cohendent.
Also, if you're one of the beauty pageant patrons and Chucks collectors, or if you're looking for a pair that gets you from here to there and benefits those in need, you can get a chance to own a personalized Chucks of one of the participating candidates through a silent bid auction. All you have to do is submit your bids, name and contact details thru the information officer in the mall exhibit of the shoes or thru a private message at the Converse Facebook page. Starting bid for all pairs is at $50 USD.
Or, head over to the exhibits to see Converse's entire selection of charitable sneaks in the following dates and venues:
· February 3-5: Robinsons Antipolo
· February 10-12: Robinsons Bulacan and Marquee Pampanga
· February 17-19: Robinsons Isabela and Robinsons Ilocos Norte
· February 24-26: Robinsons Tacloban and Robinsons Cebu
· March 3-5: Gaisano Mall of Davao City and Gaisano Mall of Digos
· March 10-12: Gaisano Mall of Tagum and Gaisano Mall of Toril
· March 17-19: Gaisano Mall of General Santos
Check out Converse Philippines' Facebook page for more of #ConversePHx65MissUniverse.