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Challenge Accepted: Black-and-White Photos of Inspiring Filipino Women on Your Instagram

Filipino women empowering Filipino women.
ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo
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Who hasn't noticed the slew of black-and-white photos that have been populating our Instagram and Facebook feeds these past few days?

Captioned “Challenge accepted,” women all over the world have been posting flattering, filtered portraits of themselves on social media, and we must say, they are gorgeous.

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It's unclear what started the trend. Some believe it went viral after Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez made that impassioned speech in U.S. Congress. 

Others say it was adopted by Turkish women to raise awareness of femicide in Turkey, triggered by the murder of Pinar Gultekin by an ex-partner.

A representative from Instagram told The New York Times the earliest post of the old hashtag #womensupportingwomen recurring in this cycle was a week and a half ago by a Brazilian journalist. 

And while some eye-rolling, self-proclaimed non-conformists have been posting, “Sorry, challenge not accepted” or “Paano ba talaga kayo na-challenge?”, well, fine, don't do it. We see nothing wrong with photographs of beautiful women filling our feeds in this tough time. 

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The comments on the “challenge accepted” posts, mostly from other women, are positive, uplifting, and empowering. “Gorgeous.” “Stunning.” “Beautiful inside and out.” Or just hearts. Hearts. And more hearts.

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Here are some of those photos posted by strong, inspiring women we love.

Leni Robredo, Vice President

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Challenge accepted. @princessbbr #womenliftingwomen

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Lea Salonga, Tony Award-Winning Actress

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Challenge accepted. I got enough of them, so why not? #WomenEmpoweringWomen

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Risa Hontiveros, Senator

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Challenge accepted @alma_sia @antoinettetaus @racheism @karina_n_olano @carmelaboca

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Berna Romulo Puyat, Tourism Secretary 



Margarita Fores, Asia's Best Female Chef


Marina Cruz, Artist



Anna Mae Lamentillo, Chairman, Build, Build, Build Committee

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Isa Lorenzo, Founder, Silverlens Galleries




Malu Gamboa Lindo, Restaurateur, Milky Way Group


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Challenge accepted. @susieango

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Candice Gotianuy, Chancellor, University of Cebu


Vicki Belo, Founder and CEO, Belo Medical Group


Mae Cruz Alviar, Director


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Challenge accepted @montie08 @theodoreboborol @micodelrosario1 @direkdon

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Shirley Halili Cruz, Chairman for Dance, National Commission for Culture and the Arts





Marigs Laririt, Director for Environment and Sustainability, El Nido Resorts


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Challenge accepted. @bernsrp @sirenafilipina_ph

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Ana Lorenzana de Ocampo, Restaurateur, Wild Flour


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Challenge accepted @techgermanhagedorn_ @juniepena @joyceang_dagdag @mscrisalbert @xtinemd @emiliemy

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Karen Davila, Television Anchor

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Rhea de Vera Aguirre, General Manager, Louis Vuitton Philippines, Guam, and Saipan




Heart Evangelista, Actress

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Challenge accepted. ???? @kimberlyepilking @geewel_fuster @officialowen @iamkarendavila @feliciaatienza @detteeeee

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Menchu Lauchengco, Actress

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Challenge accepted @sweetiongson

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Solenn Heussaff, Actress



Angel Locsin, Actress

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Challenge accepted???? @dimplesromana @lalaflores16 @bigbadbawang @danix8 @micodelrosario1 @patriciaco

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Charo Santos Concio, Media Executive

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Challenge accepted @arnold_vegafria @marktanpoco @winniem1218 @kai.and.lizzie

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Mel Asuncion Lerma, Country Manager, Estée Lauder Companies

Roslyn Reyes Pineda, General Manager, Sony Music Philippines

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#ChallengeAccepted @mampob @garlic @sweetiongson ????????????

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Margie Moran Floirendo, Chairman, Cultural Center of the Philippines 


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Challenge Accepted ?? @susanjoven @digarce @rosemariebasa

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Amy Besa, Restaurateur, Purple Yam





Bea Alonzo, Actress

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, Entrepreneur


Lovi Poe, Actress

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Challenge Accepted ????

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Rosenthal Tee, Fashion Designer

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Challenge Accepted ???? @lovipoe @itscamilleco Thank you @gretchengatan ????

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Cherie Gil Eigenmann, Actress


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Ok now I’ve been enlightened about the black and white photos being challenged by many for us to post. At first I didn’t understand Why and what it was all about? Thank you Bianca Rogoff for this valuable information . Started in and because of Turkey after all , where women are being abused both physically and emotionally by men. Some , by their own Partners, even to the point of their demise. Still happening now. ???? ???????? So here I am again and in support of #womenempoweringwomen. I challenge all my SHERO friends to continue to do the same. Now it makes all the more sense to me in honor of #pinargultekin and many more women who fell victim just like her. She was only 27 years old :( Photo creds @markednicdao

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