LAT­EST IN­TER­NET SEN­SA­TION

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There were also en­cour­ag­ing com­ments on her as­pi­ra­tion to suc­ceed in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

When her un­canny re­sem­blance to the pop star was dis­cov­ered on so­cial me­dia a few months back, Phan saw her pop­u­lar­ity soar to stag­ger­ing heights.

Since then, she has re­ceived of­fers to not only model for fash­ion and beauty prod­ucts, but also act in Sumpa­han Kinabalu , a New Line Film Sdn Bhd pro­duc­tion.

To date, Phan has es­tab­lished an im­pres­sive fan base, with al­most 27,000 fol­low­ers on Face­book and In­sta­gram.

De­spite her new-found fame, the teen, who is of Kadazan­dusun and Dutch de­scent, re­mains firmly grounded.

“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 said.

“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 on so­cial me­dia were be­ing com­pared to Se­lena.

“Since then, I have re­ceived a lot of modelling and act­ing of­fers, but for now, I have only ac­cepted a role in Sumpa­han Kinabalu.”

Phan, 18, is also adamant about stay­ing fo­cused on her stud­ies for the time be­ing.

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

PIC BY MOHD ADAM ARININ

Phan­thegerow Louiselle Leo Estrop (cen­tre) with her par­ents. (In­set) Amer­i­can singer and ac­tress Se­lena Gomez.

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