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Women Raising The Bar: Gabby & Danielle Prescod

Women Raising The Bar: Gabby & Danielle Prescod

The Prescod Sisters (not twins) are plastic-shaming girl bosses by day and tastemakers on the scene by night. Danielle leads digital content for a television network, while Gabby oversees all things fashion market at Bustle. When #OOO, you can usually find them horseback riding, getting in a good workout or spending quality time back home with Harry, their beloved family dog.

Hi Ladies! Can you tell us briefly about yourself?

DP: I am the big sis. I am a Leo and definitely the more conservative one.

GP: I’m the little sis! I’m a textbook Taurus who hates single use plastic!

What role does jewelry play in your everyday?

GP: I wear earrings everyday! I usually don’t really swap them out because I have so many piercings so if I do change them, I only change the earrings in the first holes. I sleep with most of them in too so I honestly feel naked without earrings. Rings too! I don’t wear that many, but I never take them off.

Do you wear any staple jewelry pieces that have symbolic meaning to you?

DP: Yes, I have a bracelet that I wear everyday on my left wrist that says surrender in rainbow stones, the color of the chakras.

Tell us what a normal work day is like for you. What do you love most about what you do?

DP: I manage a team of 4 and every day is very different. I oversee digital content for a television network and we are mostly concerned with celebrity and entertainment content. The best part of my job has always been storytelling.

You’ve both been outspoken advocates for sustainability and building a plastic-less world. How can we ensure the topic doesn’t wind up a trend but, rather, continues to make waves in 2020 and future years to come?

GP: I think it is a matter of being conscious everyday about your consumption and use of resources and having conversations about it. I am constantly talking to friends and co-workers about things that they do to make an impact and get ideas that way. As long as we are all honest and making genuine efforts to improve, I don’t think the topic is in danger of fizzing out.

Danielle, I loved that you shared your egg freezing story with the world via Instagram. What made you decide to share something so personal and intimate? What advice would you give someone contemplating the procedure?

DP: Like conversations around money, conversations around fertility are often really shrouded in mystery. I think it is crazy with how much information and how many ways we have to communicate that there would be experiences that you might know nothing about until you are living them. I really just tried to combat a lot of that secrecy. I wish that I had been better prepared, myself. I hope that if someone is thinking about going through IVF and egg freezing that they would have an adequate support system. It is a really lonely and isolating process. If you are
1⁄2 of a couple, it is easier, but really only one person’s body goes through that. So I would say, make sure you assemble the best teammates possible.

Who, past or present, has inspired your personal style?

GP: I think it’s hard to pick one person to has inspired me because I feel like I draw inspiration from so many different things but I will say that I always and forever want to look like Rihanna. She has never worn anything where I’m like, “Ehhh it’s a miss.”

Style evolution and self discovery at times are very much correlated. How did you find a greater sense of self and what was that journey like for you?

GP: I think we all cringe looking back at photos of yourself in middle school and high school and say omg that was I thinking. But I think moments like that are necessary to see how far you’ve come. I remember when I just started working in fashion, I would dress in the style of the magazine I was working at. It took me a while to break out of that and dress how I wanted to but that’s not to say how I dressed then doesn’t heavily influence how I dress now. It was a part of my style DNA.

Often times, jewelry has been marketed for decades as a gift you receive from someone else. We’re changing that narrative. Today’s jewelry is a gift to oneself, a celebration, be it for the everyday feats we as women conquer, or the milestone moments. How do you take time to celebrate yourself?

DP: I meditate every day. Giving myself the gift of stillness and presence has been amazing. My life is always moving and sometimes it feels out of control. It is really important for me to take 10-15 minutes where I am clearing my head.