TikToker alleges new Converse line looks very similar to her designs from 2019

Cecilia Monge (@ceci.monge) said in a now-viral TikTok that she applied for an internship at Converse two years ago. As part of her application, she claims she submitted some original shoe ideas — including several designs inspired by different U.S. National Parks. Monge said her internship application was ultimately rejected. Converse’s latest drop is called the Chuck 70 National Parks line. “My initial reaction was disbelief,” Monge told BuzzFeed News. “I knew the designs looked like the ones I sent them two years ago, but I was hesitant because they were such a reputable brand”. “The color palette is exactly the same as the one I sent them, down to the order of the colors and the actual hues of the colors,” Monge said in the video. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence”. A spokesperson for Converse also spoke with BuzzFeed News and denied that the Chuck 70 National Parks line was developed using Monge’s application. "The Chuck 70 product design, as well as the Great Outdoors and National Parks concept, was conceived before we received an application from the candidate," the spokesperson’s statement said