‘I swapped my engagement ring for a Chanel bag – it’s more valuable’

We all have our own downfalls when it comes to shopping.

For Brazilian influencer, Wanessa Moura, she loves nothing more than snapping up designer bags.

According to her – she has around 80 in total – and she'd rather add to the collection than have a ring on her finger.

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Her favourite brand is Chanel – and she's loved accessories since she was around 12-years-old.

Wanessa said: "A quality bag is like a jewel and will never go out of style. You can pass it on from generation to generation.

"They are like old cars – the rarer they are, the greater their meaning and value."

Despite the number of bags she owns, Wanessa says she doesn't use them often and prefers to keep some as collector's items.

And – what may stun many – is that when she got engaged she swapped a conventional engagement ring for a Chanel bag.

According to her, the value of the accessory is more important than a wedding.

Wanessa said people often ask if she'd be interested in donating some bags from her collection, but she has little interest in doing so.

"It would be like asking a player to stop playing at the casino," she added.

"I don't intend to reach a specific number in my collection – maybe I need a mansion and a closet with several square meters just for my shoes, sunglasses and bags."

She doesn't know how much her collection is worth – and to her it doesn't matter.

The symbolic value of her collection means much more to the influencer than anything else.

Even though she has lent some pieces to her friends on certain occasions, Wanessa confessed she doesn't like to share them a lot.

According to the influencer, care for the collection deserves special attention, and she avoids going through situations that could damage or compromise them in any way.

She added: "Fashion exerts a great influence on my life, and I am always involved with the latest trends. My work demands that."

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