Last week’s winner for the poll is the Team T member with the longest name, Maria Genoveva Natalia Desy Purnamasari Gunawan! (Yes, that is her real name!) In this post, I’ll introduce to you 4 fun facts about the girl that is simply known as Desy JKT48!
1. Desy stands a “Head” above the rest
Besides her long name, Desy also carries the title of being the Tallest member in JKT48 with a height of 172cm!
In the Tetsuna stage, she partners the 155cm Chika and 152cm Elaine in the unit song, Kono Mune No Barcode. It is a chance to witness the amazing height contrast in the group!
Chika, Desy and Stefi
At the JKT48 3rd Generation Trainee Event, Jiro-san came on stage and singled out Desy, to much of her surprise and shock.
He then began to say sorry…. and what was a fun concert suddenly turned into a tense and nervous moment.
But as it turns out, he announced that JOT have gotten Desy’s height wrong at their profile page and later went on to measure her 172cm height on the spot!
(Seems like even JOT knows how to troll fans!)
Desy also has an iconic (๑>◡<๑) smile and her eyes squint too, much like Ikha. However, her smile resembles Shanju the most and it is not surprising if you confuse the two of them.
2. Desy is a die-hard fan of JKT48
Desy continues the magical story of a girl who fell in love first as a JKT48 fan and who later transformed into a full fledged member.
Her oshi is Sonia, the cute and capable Wawa!
Strangely enough, Desy doesn’t really take a lot of photos together with Sonia. Despite this, she is a dedicated collector of Sonia’s photo packs and even admits that she never gets bored of collecting photos.
Desy once revealed that she tries to collect full photo sets of Sonia. but even if that doesn’t happen, she will still choose to keep any of the double (duplicate) photos she has. (A very common experience for a collector.)
Desy loves JKT48 and was very active in the fan community. She would bring photo packs of members to trade them in school and even did fun things like wotagei-ing with others.
She tried to audition for the 2nd gen but failed to make it through. Still, she continued to hone her skills by becoming part of a dance cover group, Tewofuru at the start of 2013.
Tewofuru performed at events and had also gained a small gathering of fans.
It is amazing to witness how far she continues to go in this amazing journey!
3. Ngapak or Medhok? Fans seems to be divided about what Desy’s Accent is
Members with an accent brings a very likeable personality to the group. It shows a very unique characteristic that people love and is also a representation of a common bond with Indonesians from different regions.
It doesn’t mean that members don’t get embarrassed though, or that fans don’t laugh or tease members about it. All of these do happen!
Desy is one of those with an accent in JKT48. She does feel embarrassed about it, and pretty much struggles to hide it whenever she can.
“Y u do tis to me…”
Fans have noted that Desy does a great job of losing her accent during her jikoshoukai or when she talks during a theater Kageana.
But it still comes up naturally during the MC, and she becomes very shy about it.
Once, her accent also slipped while on National TV…. to the amusement from the hosts (and her inner horror!).
“Medok” means a thick Javanese accent, and Andela as well as Shani are the most pronounced in it. Desy is also recognized bv fans and members as a girl with Medok too.
Shani and Desy… Medok girls?
However, it seems that other fans are also claiming that Desy does not have a Medok. Instead, because she is from Cilacap, she possesses the Banyumasan dialect, otherwise known as Basa Ngapak.
Currently, there are claims from both Medhok and Ngapak sides.
So, who really knows? And is it really important? Perhaps…. it’s still interesting though!
4. Desy’s Presence and Leadership makes her a potential Team T Captain
5 Team T members were once asked by media about who is the most suitable person to be the Captain for Team T.
It was a tight match between Andela and Desy with 3 of the members acknowledging Desy’s leadership. They described her as being firm but capable of guiding members in a positive manner.
It also helps that she has a tall presence, and is older compared to the rest of the young members in the team. (Source: Harian Terbit)
Desy is also attentive to members. Former 3rd gen trainee Kezia Andinta also shared with us about Desy’s helpfulness in teaching dance steps to other members, in JKT48Stuff’s interview with Kei.
But it is not only the members, fans also acknowledge Desy as a potential Team T Captain. In a poll done by JKT48fans.com, over 1600 respondents voted for the most appropriate member to be Captain.
Desy ranked in the Top 3. She stands behind Elaine and Andela with 14% of the total votes.
It looks like a promising chance for Desy! So will she be Captain?
Unfortunately… only JOT knows!
So what do you think about Desy as a member? Do you like members who are tall? Or are you one of those who don’t find her accent cute?
If you are auditioning for JKT48, does it make you more confident knowing that Desy is a regular member now despite not passing the 2nd gen auditions? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!
P.S: If you would like to volunteer to translate this article to Bahasa Indonesia, do let us know via the contact form or tweet us at @jkt48stuff!
Photos courtesy of Pitra and Desy’s Twitter.