Selena Gomez, who looks gorgeous on the October cover of Allure Magazine, opens up about the pressures she faced throughout the early stages of her career.  Selena shares, “I just did things that weren’t really me.  There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, Revival.  I felt the need to show skin .. I really don’t think I was that person.”

 

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Pop star, actor, producer, and now beauty entrepreneur @SelenaGomez is the cover star on our October #AllureBestofBeauty issue! The @RareBeauty founder chats with contributing editor @jess_chia about her stellar journey: First, as one of the first Latinx actors to anchor a Disney Channel show, then as a pop star with three chart-topping albums, and now, her latest endeavor as the founder of her very own beauty brand. When asked how she settled on the name, Selena says, “I had always wanted the name Rare. [The word] has become the identity of my brand and who I want to be, which is showing people that being diverse and different, whatever was happening, I wanted it to feel like you were included.” Hits newsstands 09/22. #Linkinbio our full cover interview with Selena. — Photography by @micaiahcarter Styling by @ariannephillips Hair by @marissa.marino Makeup by #selenagomez with direction from @hungvanngo Nails by @tombachik Production by @ctdinc

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Revival, released in October of 2015, is the home to some of Selena’s biggest tracks – ‘Hands to Myself,’ ‘Same Old Love,’ ‘Good For You,’ and ‘Kill Em with Kindness.’

 

 

Selena also revealed to Allure that she doesn’t Google herself, “I haven’t done that in years.  I honestly can’t.  I’m strong in a lot of ways, but I think I just have way too much of a sensitive heart.”

 

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Having been in the public eye since age 10, #SelenaGomez has endured much scrutiny. Still, she’s stayed consistently vocal and candid about her mental health. “After years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar. I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away,” she shares on an Instagram Live with Miley Cyrus. Her passion for learning more also led to the launch of @RareBeauty’s Rare Impact Fund, which aims to increase access to mental health resources over the next 10 years. Link in bio for more of Selena’s #AllureBestofBeauty cover story. — Photography by @micaiahcarter Styling by @ariannephillips Hair by @marissa.marino Makeup by @selenagomez with direction from @hungvanngo Nails by @tombachik Production by @ctdinc Story by @jess_chia

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Selena’s career began back in 2002 when she became a regular on Barney & Friends, “My mom did a slot of theater, and I was just fascinated by her.  I was an only child, and very, very dramatic – which I still am to this day.  I just loved performing … I think it was just something I felt like I was born to do.  My mom let me dress myself for the auditions.  I learned the lines by myself.”

 

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From her support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement to talking about the need for change in the upcoming election, @SelenaGomez doesn’t shy away from speaking up about social justice. “A lot of my family were immigrants who created lives for themselves in the United States,” she says. “I’m proud of that side of who I am.” Last year, she produced the documentary ‘Living Undocumented,’ which follows the lives of real families torn apart by the U.S.’s current immigration policies. “I wanted to do something that would make people uncomfortable, that would force people to watch something that maybe they just don’t want to see, or don’t understand,” says Selena. Link in bio to read the full #AllureBestofBeauty cover story. — Photography by @micaiahcarter Styling by @ariannephillips Hair by @marissa.marino Makeup by #selenagomez with direction from @hungvanngo Nails by @tombachik Production by @ctdinc Story by @jess_chia

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In 2012, Selena starred in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place (the show ran from 2007 – 2012).  Selena says, “I was extremely blessed to get picked out of Texas and chosen to become a part of one of the biggest machines in the world – it was my high school.  I think the female characters on Disney Channel have a lot of strength.  And my comedic timing, my improv skills, everything I experienced made me a better actress.”

 

 

Back in April, Selena opened up about her bipolar diagnosis, and with Allure, she shared, “I have always had so many different emotions and I didn’t know how to control them quite well.  It was complicated.  But I think I’m happy to understand it.  Once I did find out more about who I was, I was proud.  I also felt comfortable knowing that I wasn’t alone, and I was going to get through it.  So I will always be passionate about that.  It’s something I will continue to talk about.”

 

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She may be one of the most followed social media figures in the world (almost 360M followers across platforms and counting), but @SelenaGomez limits her media intake in an effort to create a healthier headspace for herself. She doesn’t read the comments, doesn’t post on TikTok (though Selena’s team sporadically does for her), and she definitely doesn’t google herself. “I honestly can’t. I’m strong in a lot of ways, but I think I just have way too much of a sensitive heart,” Selena explains. #linkinbio for more of the October #AllureBestofBeauty cover story. In newsstands 09/22. — Photography by @micaiahcarter Styling by @ariannephillips Hair by @marissa.marino Makeup by #selenagomez with direction from @hungvanngo Nails by @tombachik Production by @ctdinc Story by @jess_chia

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For Selena’s full interview with Allure Magazine, click here.

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