In a culture where maputi or mestiza is usually equated with maganda, it’s refreshing to hear Gabbi Garcia say, “Proud to be a morena. Sobra!”
She has nothing against white skin, but she has no cause to complain about her brown color either.
"Hindi. Happy ako with my skin, and I am identified as a morena, so wala nang tanong.
"I won’t exchange that for anything.
"But even if I love my morena skin, I have nothing against whitening."
The Kapuso actress also acknowledges the benefit of her skin color.
First, she feels that her beauty regimen is more “low maintenance.”
She said in a one-on-one interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the launch of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2017 in Luxent Hotel, “Basta hindi ako natutulog nang may makeup. No-no sa akin yun.
“’Tapos ang beauty regimen ko, simple lang din since kapag morena ka, medyo hindi rin gaanong halata yung imperfections, di ba.
“So I just wash my face every day, every night, and every morning.
“Parang yun yung key sa lahat, e, good skin. Yun ang pinaka-importante, not really the tone.
“Parang if you have a good base. Your skin is your base, e, hindi kailangang i-enhance masyado.”
After washing her face, I have the toner, ‘tapos face mask.
How many times in a week does she use face mask?
“Sometimes yung pag may taping ako ‘tapos puyatan talaga every day, every day talaga ako nagfe-face mask.
“Pero pag okay yung sked ko, every other day.”
Second, Gabbi does not have any restriction at all when it comes to finding the match for her skin.
“Don’t hesitate to try on new things. Kasi parang people, basta morena girls, sometimes hesitate sila na, 'Hala, baka ang itim itim ko,' 'Baka hindi bagay,' ganyan, ganyan.
“Ayun, we are all beautiful in our own ways.
“It’s about how you carry yourselves lang.
"And being a morena is a gift, ha, like talagang Pilipinang-Pilipina ka so you have to embrace it.”
Since she mentioned “Pilipina,” when is she going to join Binibining Pilipinas or Miss World Philippines?
“Mapag-uusapan po iyan and naiisip ko rin iyan, of course.
“But right now, I am concentrating with my career on showbiz.
“But of course, that is my childhood dream.”
Before bagging her first main role on InstaDad in 2015, Gabbi won the titles Miss Skin White 2011 and Miss Solane 2013 (Teens category).
FITNESS REGIMEN. The topic shifted to her slim physique.
Lucky for Gabby, she does not find the need to go on a diet.
“Siguro I got it from my mom also. My mom is very thin kasi. Payat at matangkad sila.
“Also, I choose what I eat, not really into dieting talaga. But, I watch what I eat.”
She’s never been to the gym, but she runs whenever she can.
INFLUENCER. Gabbi is currently the most followed young Kapuso actress on social media. She 3.8 million fans on Facebook, 1.4 million followers on Instagram, and 260K on Twitter.
She herself didn’t realize the surge of her popularity on the Internet.
“Nung una, hindi ko nga na-notice na ganun kabilis tumaas.
“Parang naguguluhan and every thing ako na parang two thousand per day, mga ganun.
“Ako kasi, I do not only post about being an artista, I also post about who I am as a person.”
Her feed, on Instagram, for instance, is not purely about her OOTDs.
Gabbi continued, “Parang ‘Sino si Gabbi pag hindi siya nasa limelight?’
“That’s what makes my Instagram interesting siguro.
“That’s why people like to follow, and they are interested too kasi di ‘ba I love to travel, kung ano yung pinupuntahan ko, ganun lang.”
Has she set any limitation on what to post and what should not be on social media?
“No naman… I post whatever I want to post. I know to what extent, e. I know my limitations kasi.”
How about bashers? How does she handle them?
“I do read the comments. I do honestly.
“But if they are bashers, sometimes, I just ignore them.
“Well, if I know it’s not true naman, why would I even give my time to them.”