Meet twin sisters Danah and Stacy Gutierrez: plus-size models, public speakers, and authors. They’re also the brains behind Plump. ph, a website dedicated to body positivity, where they talk about what matters to them: body-image issues, fat discrimination, body shaming, and fashion inequality, to name a few.
The sisters loved makeup early on; as kids, they would play at their mother’s vanity area and use her beauty stash. Even the worst, most embarrassing beauty blunders (“frosted eyelids, angry brows, uneven lips”) didn’t deter them. “We saw how our mom valued presenting herself well, and that influenced us with our love for makeup.” Now, they share, “We only have two looks: red-carpet glam or hobo chic. There is no in-between!”
They’re also using their voices to speak out against other large-scale beauty issues, such as consumerism effects and using products that have harmful chemicals or undergo animal testing. It’s no surprise, then, that they have a decidedly minimalist approach to their beauty kits: facial oil and mascara from Danah; Benefit brow primer and brow pencil for Stacy. Both share a love for the holy grail that is
Benetint, of course. Danah and Stacy believe that the key to looking your best lies within. “No matter how much makeup you put on, if you aren't at peace with your body or your face, it's not gonna change much,” they insist. “Makeup shouldn't be seen as a crutch. Beauty should be pursued from the inside out.” That, they stress, is the body-love gospel.
ON DANAH: Top, P3950; skirt, P2450; both CRISELDA LONTOK, Rustan’s Makati. Bow ring with diamonds, P245,000, TIFFANY & CO., Rustan’s Silver Vault
ON STACY: Dress, P4500, ALEXA CHENG, 556 cel. no. 0917 6002. Diamond ring, P225,000 COIN, ROBERTO Rustan’s Silver Vault. Diamond ring, P320,000, DAMIANI, Rustan’s