A 106-year-old From The Philippines Is Vogue's Oldest Ever Cover Model
The amazing tattoo artist 106-year-old from the philippines is vogue's oldest ever cover model. As a direct consequence of this statement, Apo Whang-Od has earned the distinction of becoming the eldest person to ever grace the cover of Vogue.
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The amazing tattoo artist 106-year-old from the Philippines is vogue's oldest ever cover model.
As a direct consequence of this statement, Apo Whang-Od has earned the distinction of becoming the eldest person to ever grace the cover of Vogue.
Since she was a small child, Whang-Od, who is also known as Maria Oggay, has been perfecting her talents in the art of hand-tapping tattoos, which is a technique she learned from her father.
Whang-Od is also known as Maria Oggay. She has been assisting her father in this attempt by working closely with him.
It is said that she is the oldest mambabatok, which is a term for a traditional tattooist in the Kalinga culture.
She makes her home in the mountain community of Buscalan, which can be found in the province of Kalinga in the Philippines. The travel time from Manila to Buscalan is roughly 15 hours.
Hand-tapped tattoos are created by Whang-Od using just a bamboo stick, a thorn from a pomelo tree, water, and coal.
These are the only tools that he uses. The indigenous Butbut warriors of days gone by were the ones who were responsible for earning these tattoos.
Apo Whang-Od is considered the country's oldest mambabatok featured on a Vogue Magazine
At the moment, the majority of her clients are tourists from other countries who are looking for the distinctive geometric designs that she creates. Vogue Philippines said in a post on social media:
Heralded as the last mambabatok of her generation, she has imprinted the symbols of the Kalinga tribe—signifying strength, bravery, and beauty—on the skin of thousands of people who have made the pilgrimage to Buscalan.- Vogue Philippines
Whang Od has been instructing her grandnieces Elyang Wigan and Grace Palicas in the craft for a number of years now. Art can only be passed down the generations by blood relatives. Whang Od told CNN Travel in 2017:
(My friends who gave tattoos) have all passed away. I'm the only one left alive that's still giving tattoos. But I'm not afraid that the tradition will end because (I'm training) the next tattoo masters.- Whang Od
She went on to say that "The tradition will continue as long as people keep coming to get tattoos."
"As long as I can see well, I will keep giving tattoos. I'll stop once my vision gets blurry."
A 106 year old from the Philippines is Vogue's oldest ever cover model - Whang-Od - Maria Oggay
According to Bea Valdes, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Philippines, the staff at the publication arrived at the judgment that Whang-Od should be featured on the cover in a manner that was unanimous. Valdes added:
We felt she represented our ideals of what is beautiful about our Filipino culture. We believe that the concept of beauty needs to evolve, and include diverse and inclusive faces and forms. What we hope to speak about is the beauty of humanity.- Bea Valdes
Actress Judi Dench, who was 85 years old when she graced the cover of British Vogue in the year 2020, had previously held the record for the oldest model to appear on the cover of a Vogue journal.
In the year 2020, Judi Dench appeared on the cover of British Vogue. When Whang-Od was featured in Vogue Philippines, she set a new high watermark for herself.