Breaking out of one’s shell isn’t an easy task. It takes a lot of courage and will-power, especially when there are a lot of factors at stake.
In a world where stereotypes strongly shape images and perceptions, it is no surprise that many of us choose to stay within the confines of our comfort zone. We fear change because of its unpredictability, and we favor security over uncertainty. Society dictates the norm and we are programmed to follow suit.
But who’s to say we should stay within the lines when we have so much more to offer outside of our supposed labels and roles in society?
This October, we challenge you to break out of your shells and live life by your own rules. No filters, no barriers, no shame. We are celebrating your flaws, your hopes, and your raw selves. We are highlighting what makes you stand out by redefining beauty standards. We are encouraging you to let your voice be heard and speak from the heart.
From stories about coming out to overcoming your insecurities, we want you to feel empowered to make a stand and be proud of who you really are. We want you to feel comfortable in your own skin and to fight for what you believe in, regardless of what other people may say. You are worthy and beautiful just the way your are.
That's what this month's iamClaire. cover girl Bianca Umali stands for, too. In her showbiz career that started when she was just at the tender age of two, Bianca has successfully emerged as one of her generation's most promising talents. But with that success comes about the challenge of dealing with prejudices about millennials.
"They think we [millennials] are just spoiled and that things are given to us freely," she shares with iamClaire. "But what they don't realize is that our ways may just be different compared with how it was years ago, and that doesn't mean we don't value hard work or that our ways of expression are bad."
The 17-year-old actress also shared her thoughts about millennials being independent, tech-savvy, and outspoken; and how she is honored to star in a movie about the LGBTQ community because "it's an indication that people are more accepting." Umali indeed is the epitome of her generation, and she believes that millennials can change the world. "We can start by being kinder to one another," she said.
Watch out for more of Bianca Umali's inspiring and empowering talks this month. For the meantime, here's a sneak peek of what went down during our cover shoot:
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