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the young, wide-eyed girl she was 13 years ago, she refers to her­self in the third per­son. “Ibang-iba ‘yung Sarah Geron­imo na nanalo sa Star for a Night in 2003,” she says. “There was a con­scious ef­fort to make her look like the typ­i­cal diva, like a pro per­former. She was al­ways in a clas­sic gown. Or a bustier top, a sash, and slacks. ‘ Yun ta­laga ‘yung Sarah na tu­matak sa isip ng mga tao.” She smiles fondly, wist­fully, as if that girl were a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­son.

And maybe she is. Be­cause the 28-year-old Sarah we meet on the day of her Cosmo cover shoot—the Sarah who gamely wears over­sized bomber jack­ets, bold state­ment sweaters, lace slip dresses, and sil­ver thigh-high boots; the Sarah who bounces her shoul­ders to the beat of pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Nic­dao’s ur­ban jams—rein­vig­o­rates ev­ery­one on set with her in­fec­tious, we-got­this at­ti­tude, a strong es­presso jolt on a sleepy Cos­mopoli­tan Mon­day morn­ing.

“The Sarah back then didn’t re­ally care about clothes—she’d wear what­ever she was told to wear,” the pop princess says. “She was more fo­cused on her per­for­mance, on her work. Sig­uro para sa kanya, tra­baho na ng ibang tao na ayusin ‘yung damit niya. But now, there’s a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to speak up more about what I think I should wear and how I be­lieve I should look. Tra­baho ko na rin ‘yun ngayon.”

The de­ci­sion to be more in­volved in her styling di­rec­tion was an ed­u­cated one, fu­eled by the de­sire to al­ways be her best self on­stage. “I’ve come to see the im­por­tance of giv­ing my fans a co­he­sive ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says. “Be­fore, I’d just wear any­thing, then some­times when I’d watch play­backs of my shows I’d think, parang may mali. Parang hindi bagay ‘yung suot ko sa kanta. So now when I per­form, I make sure my look is con­nected to the mes­sage I want to con­vey. I make sure it suits the mu­sic, the lyrics, the chore­og­ra­phy. Ev­ery­thing has to be co­or­di­nated. And the way I dress doesn’t just com­plete the per­for­mance; to be hon­est, it also makes me feel bet­ter about my­self. I guess that’s why peo­ple say I trans­form when I’m on­stage. I for­get about all my flaws and im­per­fec­tions. Ibang klaseng con­fi­dence ‘yung nabibi­gay sa akin when I know I’m wear­ing the right out­fit.”

Her en­tire face lights up when she talks about her mu­sic and style icons—all spunky women who know

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