Vogue Philippines has unveiled its latest cover star—Apo Whang-Od, a 106-year-old tattoo artist from the mountain village of Buscalan in the Kalinga province of the Philippines.
Also known as Maria Oggay, she’s been perfecting the art of hand dipping tattoos since she was a teenager after being taught by her father.
She’s considered the Philippines oldest mambabatok, or traditional Kalinga tattooist.
Whang-Od said she’s training her grandnieces to keep the tradition alive.
The centenarian is the oldest person ever to appear on a Vogue cover.
Vogue Philippines said she represents what is beautiful about Filipino culture.
Ayomikun Abraham says
Wow, this is huge. She held her generation’s beauty, strength and tradition for a very long period of time and still in shape.
She is a positive motivation and example to younger generations. Kudos to you Apo Maria “Whang-Od”.