BABA PARMA IS A STUNNER. The former model and now in-demand makeup artist cuts a striking figure wherever she goes. Walking into a room, necks crane and eyes whip to gaze at the long, tall beauty who is dressed simply in sneakers and distressed white jeans, without a whip of makeup on and her hair gathered into a low ponytail.
Despite her low-key downtown uniform, there is something undeniably glamorous about her. Perhaps it’s her name, which exudes the decadence of a 70s-era flamboyant bohemian. when I meet her in the MEGA studios, I half expected her to be draped on a chaise longue, bronzed limbs heavy with gold and precious gems, silk kaftan lazily thrown on. She probably has done so as one of the premier models back in the 90s and as a founding member and former
president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). Instead, she’s soft spoken and has an almost shy air about her.
I realize not to mistake her quietness with timidity. Baba is a listener and she’s an efficient and very effective worker. She doesn’t flinch when we ask her to hike up her dress and flash a perfectly tanned and toned leg. while she’s doing most of her work behind the camera nowadays, she’s clearly not forgotten her previous day job.
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