When sarah talks about
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