Q&A with Tessa Virtue, Canadian Ice Dance Champion

After watching Tessa Virtue dazzle on the ice for over a decade, we’re used to seeing her in her element captivating audiences around the world. What we don’t see as often, however, is the day-to-day determination, passion and love Virtue pours into her craft. With a rare moment of spare time, she helped us understand what it is like to fulfill the role of professional athlete, artist and, above all, empowered woman.



At Hillberg & Berk, our focus is on helping women feel empowered. When do you feel most empowered?

I feel most empowered when I’m working towards a goal. I’m incredibly task-oriented, so focusing all of my energy into testing my capabilities is invigorating.



How did it feel returning to competitive skating after a 2-year hiatus?

Returning to competition was thrilling, and terrifying – and everything in between! I missed the structure of a regimented training schedule, and longed for the chance to thrive under pressure. Stepping back into the competitive realm has been wonderfully challenging and fulfilling, much thanks to the team of experts we’ve been able to work with in Montreal.


What do you do to unwind between competitions?

Every moment of my life is accounted for, so when I am given a rare moment to unwind and decompress, sleeping in is the biggest treat! To find calm amidst the stress, I also indulge in a lot of bubble baths.


Name a moment in your life that defined who you are today:

I’m not sure I can name one particular moment that defines who I am today; rather, it’s an accumulation of moments. Growing up, I was always taught to believe that I could do anything, and be anyone. That sense of limitlessness burns bright even still, and I’m grateful to my grandmother, mom, and sister for instilling that in me.



What is your favourite place in the world? Why?

Paris is my favourite place in the world. It’s magical! There’s a tangible, vibrant energy I feel walking the streets that is exhilarating and inspiring. The art, culture, fashion, shopping, people-watching . . . oh, I could go on and on!


Who or what is your biggest motivation?

I’m motivated by challenge – and when someone says I can’t do something, I’m a stubborn Taurus and want to prove them wrong!


What does “Embrace Your Brilliance” mean to you?

‘Embrace Your Brilliance’ is about accepting your genuine self, in every way. It’s knowing you are perfect, just the way you are. It’s loving your quirks and sharing them with the world. It’s supporting others and lifting up those around you. Embracing Your Brilliance is about finding the light within you!


What made you want to collaborate with Hillberg & Berk?

There is so much to love and admire about H&B. The company’s commitment to empowering women never ceases to amaze me, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to learn about both fashion and business under its umbrella.

We are proud to collaborate with a woman who embodies our values and inspires us to pursue greatness.

To check out the collection we have created together, shop the Tessa Virtue by Hillberg & Berk collection featuring her original Sparkle Ball, Brilliance.