Internet Sensation Sassa Gurl, whose real name is Felix Petate, is now a certified calendar model!
On Friday, January 14, 2022, the 25-year-old content creator proudly announced on social media that she is the White Castle's calendar model for 2021.
Sassa Gurl, who rose to fame amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is known for creating videos about childhood memories and "jeje" school stories on TikTok.
She currently has 4.4 million followers on TikTok, 620,000 followers on Facebook, 186,000 subscribers on YouTube, and 78,000 followers on Instagram.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Instagram's direct message, Sassa Gurl revealed that she didn't expect the liquor brand to actually make her the face of its 2022 calendar.
Sassa Gurl said, "Di ko inasahan na papatulan nila ko. Kahit playtime lang yung ganap ko dun pinickup nila.
"Pero, di ba, yun naman kasi ang gusto naming mangyari na makasali at makapagbinakla sa kalendaryo.
"Well, eto na, inistarteran ko na, sundan niyo na lang. At siyempre sana sa iba’t ibang larangan din pasukin na naming mga LGBT."
She added, "Naaliw ako kasi nakalampag at nauga ko sila sa pakalendaryo ko, akala ko nung una icha-chat ako para ipa-delete yung in-edit ko, charot.
"Since na invite ako sa gantong bagay na hindi usual na nai-invite ang tulad ko, nakakatuwa at nakakakaba in the same time."
FROM MEME TO REALITY
On December 21, 2021, Sassa Girl went viral on social media after telling the brand to get her as its calendar girl. This was days after Chie Filomeno was announced as the calendar girl for Ginebra and Bea Alonzo for Tanduay.
Sassa Gurl jokingly wrote in an Instagram post, "kaming bakla ang malakas magpainom tas, kayong mga babae mag cacalendar girl? ulol. charis"
And now that she has joined the ranks of Bea and Chie as 2022 calendar girls, what Sassa Gurl is most proud of is being able to represent the LGBT community.
She elaborated, "Di ba, humilera ako sa kanila, parang feeling ko ako yung pinaka-appropriate na mag-model kasi ako yung mukhang shumashot puno at nakikipagbasagan eme.
"Pero in a serious note, akala ko dati puro mga magaganda at sexy lang ang pwedeng mag-calendar girl.
"Pero ngayon pwede na yung mukang naseset ng inuman lang sa kanto, nakikishot sa mga tanod at kagawad.
"In fairness, this is the representation we are asking for."
During the planning stage of her shoot, Sassa Gurl was very hands-on.
She expressed her gratitude toward her glam team—stylist Dave Arden and make-up artist Keiv Torres—for the photo shoot.
She said, "Sa planning, yes, na-involve ako, may mga suggestions ako, at ako din ang pumili ng glam team ko, shout-out to Keiv Torres make-up artistry and Dave Arden style PH."
MORE PROJECTS TO COME
Meanwhile, Sassa Gurl said her fans will see more of her on TV in the coming months.
In June 2015, Sassa Gurl starred in an episode of GMA-7's weekend program Wish Ko Lang with Kapuso actor Ruru Madrid.
"Yes, mas bobongahan ko na din yung iyak ko kasi yung sa Wish Ko Lang ko parang nakulam yung iyak ko dun, mukang naeerna char," she laughingly recalled.
Sassa added, "Sobrang excited ako sa mga future projects ko at may mga na-shoot na din akong project na excited din ako kasi super baklaan and about drag."