Selena Gomez? No, she’s a Malaysian student from Sabah!

She’s been just an ordinary Sabahan girl, when the Internet started to go nuts about her. Isn’t this crazy that a this Malaysian teenager looks just like Selena Gomez?

Phantegerow Estrop from Sabah is 18 years old, and is a Kadazan-Dusun descendant. She’s been “discovered” online a year ago, and became a sensation overnight.

I mean, come on. Just look at her!

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Phan has been steadily growing her fan base (31,000 followers on IG), and scored some modelling contracts. Just recently the news of her acting role in the New Line Film Sdn Bhd production, Sumpahan Kinabalu, broke out and there’s some serious excitement in the air. 

Selena or Emma Watson?



Even though Phan’s career has been developing fast, she’s still pretty much focused on her studies for now. She’s more of an Emma Watson when it comes to life priorities, seems like. Education first! And that’s great – you go, girl!

Here’s what she says:

“I would be lying if I said that being likened to Selena does not make me happy or proud. I consider it an honour,” she enthused, “but I do not want to let that get to my head. At the end of the day, I am still me, not Selena.”

“I do admit however that my life changed since last August when some of my photos in social media were being compared to Selena without me even knowing.”

“Since then, I have received a lot of modelling and acting offers but for now, I am only contracted to an acting role in the film (Sumpahan Kinabalu).”

“I chose the acting gig because it does not interfere too much with my studying time.”

“I just have to try my best and never give up , because in my mindset I’m doing this for Sabah.”

(source of quotes: NST.com.my)

Congratulations on your new role, Phan! And we’re keeping fingers crossed for your sucessful combining of acting and studying at the same time!



Zuzanna Ch
World traveller, but with the heart stuck in Malaysia.