A conventional life in front of the camera may seem atypical to the eyes of many, but for LORIN GUTIERREZ, the new blood of the illustrious showbiz family, she sees this as her own brand of normal. Unsheltered from her kin’s fame, the 16-year-old stunner fully embodies her true identity without hesitation.
Growing up living a well-documented routine in the midst of the public eye was undeniably a challenge she had to face, but Lorin was fully-equipped to accept her unconventional yet glamorous family life with the help of her mom Ruffa. Elusively famous, they even earned the Kardashian status and starred in their own hit reality series, It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez, which first aired on E! Asia back in 2014.
“My family raised me to think that we’re just like every other family, and it’s just the job that’s unconventional. I just don’t know any different, and I wouldn’t know what my life would be like without it. It’s what normal is for me, and I feel like everyone has different definitions of normal,” she shares.
Thus, maturity has led Lorin to easily understand that it’s the price that comes along with being a Gutierrez. She says, “I understand that it’s something people are fascinated by so it’s not like I get upset by it or anything. If someone told me that it was their life, then I’d be interested too. It’s just more embarrassing because there are things I don’t want them to see but they will eventually. When a lot of your life is online, it compromises your sense of privacy, but I chose to accept that it’s a natural part of my life.”
My family raised me to think that we’re just like every other family, and it’s just the job that’s unconventional. I just don’t know any different, and I wouldn’t know what my life would be like without it. It’s what normal is for me, and I feel like everyone has different definitions of normal.
With the long list of achievements under her family’s belt, it’s natural for Lorin to be compelled with the performing arts. What sets her apart is her focused priority on her studies, citing Humanities and English as her fields of interest. She states, “I want to go to university, but at the same time, I don’t want to stray away from my family because I don’t want to seem ungrateful, shun them and forget my identity. Through perseverance, hopefully I’ll be able to make my own mark as well. I’m not sure how because I’m still trying to find out.”
After celebrating her sweet sixteen just a few months ago, it’s clear that Lorin has a sea of choices to delve into with the loving support of her family. She may pursue academics, venture into the creative field such as acting, or even follow her mom’s footsteps as a beauty queen. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
We chat with the Turkish-Filipina on what it was like being in a reality TV show at a young age, the best beauty tip she learned from her mom, and how she stays authentic on social media.
It was something that came naturally just because my mom never tried to hide me and shelter me from it. It only occurred to me that it was different when my classmates in school were googling me, and I thought, “Oh that’s weird, that’s different. My mom does this for a living.” But despite this, my family raised me to think that we’re just like every other family and it’s just the job that’s unconventional. So, it doesn’t change who I am as a person, and I shouldn’t let it get to my head. I have to credit my mom for raising me like anyone else, and I also appreciate my friends and classmates who don’t treat me differently.
You and your family had your own reality show. How did it feel being filmed everyday knowing it would come out on TV for everyone to watch?
When it started, I was like 8 or 9 years old. I definitely said some things that I regret, and I hope those clips never surface ‘cause that would get me into so much trouble. It’s definitely hard because you forget that the cameras are there and the whole thing is being filmed and broadcasted. It was a weird but interesting experience. It was a learning experience too. I don't know if it’s something that I would do again, if it was just me. But, it was a great bonding experience for my family and a lot of good memories were captured. I didn’t really see it as something people would watch, but I saw it as something my family can look back on in the future, when we want to see how our everyday lives were back then.
You mentioned going to university. What field of study would you want to do?
I’m interested in Marketing and Communications. I took a liking to this subject in school, and it’s something I’d want to pursue.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Business Management or English! I’m horrible at Math; it’s so bad! Math and anything that has to do with STEM. So, I lean more towards Humanities and English.
What are the talents you would want to hone now and pursue as a career? Will you consider trying a hand at acting?
I actually like theatre acting, because it’s what I enjoy participating in school. It’s definitely something I’d like to continue. I’m not sure about TV acting because I haven’t tried it, but I’m open to it. I don’t know if that just runs in the blood of my family because they all love acting too. It’s just a matter of finding time to do that, and hopefully, I get to do it soon.
Would you envision yourself being in a teleserye?
I feel like I’d be more of a movie person. Maybe that’s just me, but I’d like to try it as well. I need to practice my Tagalog more because it’s not the best. I don’t want to do something unless I give my 100%. I want to make sure I’m prepared to take on the commitment in being in a movie or a teleserye, because I’ve seen my family do it, and it’s a lot of long hours and hard work. I want to make sure I’m ready for that.
How do you and your sister Venice support each other with your aspirations?
Venice and I are similar in many ways where we both like the creative field but in different parts. I’m more inclined to acting, while Venice likes painting and singing. Because of that, we balance each other really well by exchanging feedback, constructive criticism, and sometimes insults but that’s just part of the “sibling-ness”. (Laughs) Compliments are rare, but when they’re there, it makes you feel good because it was hard-earned.
It was something that came naturally just because my mom never tried to hide me and shelter me from it. It only occurred to me that it was different when my classmates in school were googling me, and I thought, “Oh that’s weird, that’s different. My mom does this for a living.
Your ethnicity is Turkish and Filipino. How is your personality a mix of both? Are you more Filipino or are you more Turkish?
Because I grew up here, I’m definitely more Filipino. I don’t think I have a lot of Turkish traits, but one thing I do think I have is being very straightforward and direct. I’m never one to shy away from being brutally honest. My mom says it’s a very Turkish trait I have because they’re very direct and straightforward too; they don’t like to shy away from the truth. As for being Filipino, I’m very family-oriented, sociable, and affectionate to the people I love. My Filipino side is much more prevalent because I grew up here.
We love how natural you are in front of the camera. What do you enjoy the most from modeling?
I feel like it’s an escape from reality, and you can just focus on being in front of the camera. You get to put yourself into a different persona that you wouldn’t necessarily channel in real life. I can let go and be focused in the moment and nothing else other than the camera.
Your mom was crowned Binibining Pilipinas World during her beauty queen days. Have you thought about entering a beauty pageant?
I don’t do well under pressure, and I’m not a competitive person. So, I don’t know how I’d fend for myself, but then again, that’s just now. There’s still a lot of self-growth and development. How I was a year ago is completely different compared to now. If I think of it differently, then I’d be more ready to join. It’s not something I’m completely opposed to. I’m still 16, and my mind might change which it does, a lot.
Did your mom teach you some poses?
In the early stages [of my modeling career], she was very much a stage mom. So, she would always be by the photographer and tell me how to pose or give me tips which definitely helped me out. It helps to have someone there to guide you, and she adds her own touch. When mom, Venice, and I are in a photo shoot, we would do the same poses subconsciously because she definitely puts in her influence.
May it be modeling or pageantry, we must say you can slay either or both! And it starts with good skin. How do you achieve it?
I’ve had a lot of problems with my skin because a lot of people in my family had it. One thing that helped me is that I’ve been going to my dermatologist and she gave me medicated products. Before, I used to try a lot based off of YouTube videos or what other people would recommend. Because of that, I believe a lot of the products clashed and irritated my skin. I was doing too much to it, and I found that less was more for me.
What are your skincare holy grail essentials?
Definitely, moisturizer! I have dry skin, so it’s really important for me. I also prefer a dewy and glowy look. I find the Witch Hazel Toner really good for me because it helped me clear my skin a lot. It makes my skin smoother and softer, and I definitely notice a difference before and after applying it on my face.
What’s one skincare step you would never miss?
Removing my makeup! When I was in Grade 7, I’d sleep with my full face of makeup on. It was so bad! I just didn’t know you were supposed to remove it. I would sleep and wake up with the same eyeliner. Since then, I’ve learnt my lesson! Even if I’m super tired and it’s 3am, I would remove my makeup and cleanse my face.
Do you have certain skincare ingredients that you avoid since your complexion is young?
I avoid products that contain alcohol because it dries out my skin a lot. When my skin is dry, it breaks out and has an uneven texture. I also try to go for products that have Retinol. I found out that it’s really nice for treating discoloration and evening out my complexion.
What’s one beauty tip your mom has shared with you and your sister?
Her favorite beauty tip is to put white eyeliner on your waterline because it opens and brightens up your eyes. That’s something she never misses even for no-makeup makeup looks. That’s something that I do now too.
What’s the boldest look you’ve tried?
For makeup, this one we’re doing with Beauty Bubble! It’s quite bold. But something I always try to do to make my makeup stand out is eyeliner. I’ve always been obsessed with a winged cat-eye. I even wear a cat-eye to school ‘cause I can’t help it. That was the first-ever makeup thing I ever learned. Before I learned wearing blush or even lip tint, I just wear a cat-eye and nothing else and not even with mascara! It was so horrifying but I was so obsessed with it.
Name 5 makeup staples that you always have in your kit.
Eyeliner, mascara, lip and cheek tint, concealer, and setting powder. I usually use the same products just ‘cause it’s easy. I really use concealer because my eyebags are horrible; it’s just genetic. Then, I use a setting powder to set the concealer. It’s personally a must for me to set my concealer cause if I don’t, it oxidizes and creases.
Choose what’s most important for you. Brows, lashes or lips?
Lashes! Since I don’t know how to do my eyebrows, I just leave them natural. I find that when I do something to my brows, they look worse! For the lips, I feel like I can just bite them to make them look pink.
Something I always try to do to make my makeup stand out is eyeliner. I’ve always been obsessed with a winged cat-eye. I even wear a cat-eye to school ‘cause I can’t help it. That was the first-ever makeup thing I ever learned.
Let’s talk fashion. Describe your everyday personal style.
My everyday style is very model-on-the-go inspired. I really like the styles of Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber. I also want my clothes to be very comfortable, and I like pairing them with a few staple pieces to mix it up like fun accessories and statement jackets. I like to keep it simple.
If you could only save 3 pieces in your closet, what would they be?
A pair of mom jeans, a black tank top, and my Air Force One’s.
You’re also a beach babe! What are your top 3 beach essentials that you bring with you on the beach?
One, tanning oil because I love to tan. I find the Hawaiian coconut-based ones really good. Two, a good solid bikini. And three, speakers because I like listening to music while I’m tanning and laying under the sun.
I definitely try to be as authentic as I can. I’m just not bothered to create an entirely new personality just for social media. It’s either you take it or leave it.
With your double tap-worthy posts of beauty and fashion, you’re definitely a social media star. So how do you think social media has helped you show your authenticity, style, and personality?
I definitely try to be as authentic as I can. I’m just not bothered to create an entirely new personality just for social media. It’s either you take it or leave it. If you like my page, then follow me. But if you don’t, then you don’t have to. My goal was never to gain a lot of followers. I just want to share my life and it’s something fun. I’d rather my followers like me for who I am rather than just for a facade.
We see a lot of really gorgeous selfies on your IG. How do you achieve the perfect selfie?
Actually, I don’t like selfies compared to the photos other people take of me. I feel like I’m so bad at it! But when I do take selfies, I like putting my phone up higher and study my angle. I know which side of my face looks decent in selfies. Know your flattering side. Also, take into consideration the lighting, your outfit, and the background. Especially the background, because if the lighting and your face looks nice, but the background is weird then the whole picture’s kinda off.
With so many followers watching your every post how do you address people who try to throw negativity through their comments?
Usually, I just go on their account, and I find most people who put negative comments are troll accounts that barely have followers and are made specifically to hate on others. When I look at someone’s account and this person can’t even show their real self, I just usually block them. If it gets really annoying, then I have to resist the urge not to reply.
How do you encourage young girls to be beautiful and confident inside and out?
I think that you should just not care about the opinions and standards of other people, because everyone has a different definition of beauty. What I find beautiful is probably different from what you find beautiful. If you try to fit into everyone’s definition, then you’ll never win because it’s just so subjective. Instead, you should try to make yourself happy. You can’t spend your whole life trying to please people, because it’ll never work. At the very least, try to please yourself because that way, you’ll get yourself somewhere.
What’s next for you and are we seeing you in future projects?
Right now, I’m focusing on my studies because I’m in my last two years of high school. Everything is so hectic and crazy right now. You’ll definitely see me in more endorsements and events though because it’s something I’m trying out more. I’m definitely putting myself out there. Let’s see what the future holds!
Photographed by Kitkat Pajaro
Styled by Ryuji Shiomitsu
Makeup by Mikka Marcaida
Hair by Archie Gilbero