Levi’s celebrates fearless Filipino women

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Superbike racer Love-Love Tioseco, nature artist Wiji Lacsamana, and brave mom Jasmine Mendiola are featured in Levi's #IShapeMyWorld international women's month campaign. Photo from LEVI'S PHILIPPINES

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — In 2000, Love-Love Tioseco became the only female superbike racer from the Philippines. Eighteen years later, she remains to be the only woman racing a 1000cc displacement motorcycle in the country.

On top of these accomplishments, she also landed the top five spot in several competitions, beating 15 to 20 other men — a rare feat in motorcycle racing. However, she shares her journey to winning and garnering awards was never a smooth ride, as there was a constant barrage of disparaging comments.

“I have accepted that you cannot please everybody,” Tioseco says of her critics. “I love my passion. Criticisms, bashers, haters, none of you guys can put me down.”

#IShapeMyWorld - Love-Love Tioseco.png Love-Love Tioseco became the only female superbike racer from the Philippines in 2000. Eighteen years later, she remains to be the only woman racing a 1000cc displacement motorcycle. Photo courtesy of LEVI'S PHILIPPINES

Tioseco is now one of the three Filipino women featured on Levi’s #IShapeMyWorld campaign, an International Women’s Day special that features a series of online videos celebrating the female form in all of its forms and complexities.

The campaign, which features the Levi’s 300 Shaping Series, includes women with different body types as well as women from different age groups, backgrounds, and professional fields.

#IShapeMyWorld - Jasmine Mendiola.PNG “When you feel that life just gets too much for you for whatever reason, don’t doubt yourself, believe in your own strength and shape your mind according to how you want to live your life,” says mompreneur Jasmine Mendiola. Photo courtesy of LEVI'S PHILIPPINES

Another Filipina included for this series is nature artist Wiji Lacsamana, the woman behind Radioactive Mushrooms in the Forest, an independent brand that only uses natural ingredients for their products, such as cosmetics and scents. Lacsamana says she believes that it is important to create things that make a positive impact on the environment and future generations.

“Your own little way can help change the world because if you affect one person this way, you inspire them to live this way. Then hopefully they’ll inspire another person and just pay it forward,” she explains.

Joining Lacsamana and Tioseco is Jasmine Mendiola, an entrepreneur and a mom, who underwent an emergency hysterectomy after giving birth to her third child. She was losing a lot of blood, so the doctors had no choice but to remove her uterus, rendering her unable to bear a child again.

#IShapeMyWorld - Wiji Lacsamana.png Wiji Lacsamana, the woman behind Radioactive Mushrooms in the Forest, believes that it is important to create things that make a positive impact on the environment and future generations. Photo courtesy of LEVI'S PHILIPPINES

Despite encountering complications such as acute kidney failure, Mendiola recovered and went on to become a work-from-home mom, a bridal makeup expert, and a style and image consultant. For women who are going through tough times, she says, “When you feel that life just gets too much for you for whatever reason, don’t doubt yourself, believe in your own strength and shape your mind according to how you want to live your life.”

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Levi’s is inviting you to be part of the #IShapeMyWorld conversation! Share what people said to define your limits and what you did to prove them wrong. Join the conversation by tagging them on Facebook @Levis.philippines and use the hashtag #IShapeMyWorld to share your story of defeating obstacles and changing perceptions when others said you couldn’t.