PLUMP.PH

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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

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