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.
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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.