Selena Gomez Opens Up About Body Image Issues: ‘I Get Really Insecure Sometimes’

Selena Gomez attends the 'AMAs'
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While she is one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, that doesn’t stop Selena Gomez from being human.

Like most people, Selena says that she struggles with body image issues and insecurities in her everyday life. Recently, the songstress chatted with Elle while promoting her upcoming SGxPUMA campaign. During the very candid interview, Gomez spoke out about body image, and how she often feels insecure in her own skin.

“I get really insecure sometimes, I go through weird ups and downs, but in general I just want people to wear what they feel comfortable in,” Gomez dished. “My assistant, she’ll wear workout clothes everyday. But she doesn’t work out. It’s just become a lifestyle, and she loves it. She loves how she feels and she loves how she wears it, and I mean, that’s what I want everybody to feel. She’s inspired me a lot too.”

But the actress also shared that her new collection, which is called Strong Girl, aims to make women feel “strong inside out.” While the 26-year-old says that she loves her career — which includes both singing and acting — she says that the main reason that she enjoys being a celebrity is the fact that she is able to use her platform for good, and to encourage females.

Gomez also made a point to say that she is in no way perfect, and that she messes up all of the time. But she just wants to be honest with her fans, and to let them know that they should just try their best at everything — even though it’s hard. At the end of the day, she just wants to let her fans know that they are not alone, and that she’s right there with them.

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Alright. Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been. The purpose of my interview was three fold. My work with A21, my new collection with Coach, and some new music. As I’m aware there will always be interests in one’s personal life because that’s the pace of our ‘social’ generation. I’m grateful for my position and I will always find ways to make my job more about others and giving back— all while having the best time with my music, fashion, film and my love for learning about the world that I’m eager to tap into more and more. Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone. I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon ???? I love you guys to the moon and back. For more information on the work I do with A21 please, please visit link in my bio. So much more on that soon!

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“I think it’s important for girls to know the strength in everything, their identity and their soul, lies within themselves. And too much today you give that away so easily, from social media to school or relationships. And I think it’s important—I want to remind girls that they’re perfectly strong the way they are.”

In the campaign, Gomez poses alongside her friends for photos and also makes mention of how beautiful it is that all of them are different sizes and different body types. She shares that this is one of the things that helped her to design the line, by understanding how certain people dress and how clothes fit them. But perhaps the coolest part of Gomez’s new line is the fact that each of the pieces have hidden messages, something that Selena says she does in each one of her collabs to make it her own.

Select pieces from Selena’s line are available on the Puma website.