People can be famous as easy as ABC in this social media era. All you need is a smartphone, a bunch of skills, knowledge and confidence. Voila! Fame at your fingertips. Well, these people are definitely Malaysia’s social media celebrities.
#1 Dr. Amalina Che Bakri
Do you still remember the girl who surprised the nation with her outstanding results in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)? The fashionable yet brilliant surgeon, Dr. Amalina Che Bakri uses social media to spread positivity and awareness to her followers. She always shares her knowledge with fellow Malaysians on health-related topics via her Twitter, @DrAmalinaBakri and Instagram, @dramalinabakri account. The United Kingdom graduate never forgets her mainland Malaysia as she tries to connect with more Malaysians despite working abroad.
Started as a solo MySpace artist back in 2006, Yunalis Zarai or Yuna has successfully paved her way in the music industry not just locally but internationally. The 32-year-old Malaysian singer-songwriter started writing her own songs at the age of 14. Yuna once auditioned for One In a Million Season 1 and made it to the Top 40 round. She was first discovered in the United States and was convinced to sign with an Indie-Pop record label and management company in 2011. Yuna is now making her way to collaborate with more international artists.
#3 Khairul Aming
Hey, what’s up guys. Jom kita start!” – Khairul Amin Kamarulzaman, a food enthusiast who enjoys cooking as much as eating them started sharing cooking tutorials on his Instagram page a couple of years back. The 27-year-old Instafamous from Kota Bharu, Kelantan received a lot of feedback from social media users and an overwhelming number of followers. His funny, dramatic and mouth watering tutorials is what made him famous. Not forgetting his super easy recipes which has a lot of cooking enthusiast following him.
#4 Zee Avi
Zee Avi is a full-time singer-songwriter who plays both guitar and ukulele very well. Her first song, Poppy was posted on Youtube for a friend who missed her first performance in Kuala Lumpur and the video received positive feedback. Record labels started noticing her after she posted her supposed to be her last video, ‘No Christmas For Me’ which landing her a recording deal with Bushfire Records owned by Jack Johnson.
#5 Bunga Isme
Apart from Sophia Liyana (De Fam), Zamaera and Hunny Madu, there aren’t many female rappers in our music industry. Pretty in hijab and baju kurung, who could have thought this 19-year-old girl from Perak could actually rap. Noor Ayu Fatini Mohd Bakhari Jalaini or Bunga became popular after a video of her performing in baju kurung in a local rap competition went viral on social media. Her appearance in Joe Flizzow’s ’16 Baris’ captured the attention of international news. This blooming female rapper in town recently scored a deal with Warner Music.