Our September cover star can’t keep everything to herself.
No stranger to the front row at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s shows for Louis Vuitton, Selena Gomez – Vogue Australia’s September cover girl – cemented her relationship with the French heritage brand in June, fronting their autumn/winter ‘16/’17 campaign lensed by Bruce Weber.
Anyone who fancies themselves an arbiter of proper modern pop culture (or is simply a frequent reader of this website) already likely knows a thing or two about Selena Gomez (she’s a former Disney star, most followed person on Instagram, all of that Bieber stuff, yada yada yada). But thanks to one very in-depth Skype date with Vogue’s Zara Wong, Gomez gave us insight to who she really is for our September issue cover story. Here are three things we learned about the multi-hyphenate stunner’s dating life that we didn’t know before reading the full story:
1. She doesn’t actually have time to date right now.
“But I like to have fun, I like to hang out,” she teases with an infinitesimal cock of the eyebrow.
2. Super famous guys aren’t really her type.
“I’d be so stoked with a writer or producer or actor who is low-key, but those kind of guys are terrified of me!”
3. She’s restricted dating to her own circle of friends.
“Because I think people would think it’s kind of dumb [to date me]. Nobody would want to throw themselves into that situation where it was so heightened publicly, like, why would they?”
The complete nine-page feature, complete with a photo spread styled by Sally Lyndley and shot by Emma Summerton, is on sale August 15.
The singer-actress — with 89 million followers — doesn’t have a social media consultant or a method behind her backstage pics and well-lit selfies: Instead, “I go, ‘Oh, that would be great for Instagram.'”
In this age of competition for followers and likes, stars often hire digital consultants and carefully curate their social profiles. So it might come as a surprise how little thought Gomez gives to the Instagram feed that has become the app’s most followed. “It comes in a moment when I capture something happening, and I go, ‘Oh, that would be great for Instagram. I should post it.’ I know it’s boring, but that’s genuinely what I do.” Since bumping Taylor Swift from the top spot in March, Gomez has amassed 89 million followers at press time. “It wasn’t my goal to be the most followed person,” demurs Gomez, 23, but she’s not hiding how much she enjoys the app: “It’s my favorite social platform.”
Her feed is a mixture of professional photos, off-the-cuff videos and selfies. And her fans clearly love it. A June 25 shot of her drinking a bottle of Coke quickly racked up 4 million likes and is widely believed to be the most-liked photo on Instagram at the moment. “I’m not sure there’s a method to my madness,” admits Gomez, who shares a few tips, like: If a caption isn’t coming to you, use emoji and “let it be.”
Her current obsession with Instagram’s longer video product (she was one of the first to post a 60-second video of herself in the studio when the feature rolled out in March) has become clear, too. On the Fourth of July she posted a long shot of herself walking into the party she was hosting and then jumping into the pool. It has been viewed 9 million times.
Hopping from city to city as part of her 81-show Revival tour, Gomez uses Instagram to offer an inside look at her nonstop schedule: working on her new album out of the studio bus, meeting with fans after her concerts, watching The Big Bang Theory backstage. “I try to find a good balance of just being 100 percent myself and knowing when to post a really good selfie with good lighting,” says Gomez. But a recent photo, of her riding a shopping cart inside a market in Canada, had some fans wondering just how “real” her ‘grams are. The backstory: Her tour photographer tagged along on the excursion. “I’ve created this bond with him, so it’s super organic when he takes photos,” says Gomez. “We were in the grocery store, all shopping for the bus, and I always eat when I shop. I remember one of the comments said, ‘I cannot believe she rented out the grocery store for a photo shoot,’ and I died laughing. I was like, ‘Well, I didn’t.’ ”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It might be Taylor Swift’s squad, but Selena Gomez is Queen Bee. Yet even with the most followed Instagram account, she’s no Regina George. “My mom had me when she was 16, she worked four jobs, and went to community college. Like, there’s just no way I could treat somebody in a way that I feel bigger than them. That’s just never been who I am, and there’s just no way I could be that person,” the singer tells Yahoo Style. During a break on her Revival tour, which recently kicked off in California and will make stops around the world through December, the singer spoke about the importance of her fans, how her family keeps her grounded, fitness, and staying fresh.
Yahoo Style: How do you keep yourself looking fresh on tour?
Selena Gomez: When I’m not on the road, my routine is pretty consistent, but being on tour, it’s always a little different. The most important thing for me is to keep my skin and my hair looking its best.
I don’t wash my hair every single day, but instead I’ll leave it maybe one or two days. When I do wash it, I use products from Pantene’s intense line, like the 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner. I also just try and keep my hair out of the way whenever I’m washing my face or I get offstage because, oddly enough, my hair is such a crucial part of my show. It’s kind of like a part of my concert.
For my face, I do try and keep everything as fresh as I can because I have so many different makeup looks. I like to keep everything clean, wash my face, moisturize, easy.
Also, I have to keep in mind that not only am I wearing a ton of makeup but I’m sweating in it because I’m dancing and running around. When I’m offstage, I try to let my skin breathe for a minute, and the same goes for my hair. Sometimes I’ll just braid it or not brush it and let it flow. I’ll braid it at night and then undo the braid in the morning and just leave it natural for the day.
Anything you always bring with you on the road?
I love being able to travel with things that make me feel like I’m at home. Thankfully, Pantene has stocked the entire tour — so like everyone on the tour is using nice hair products. But when it comes to my dressing room, I like fresh flowers, essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus or lemongrass. I try to keep things really calm and fresh because we’re in these buses and venues all day, so I like anything that will make my space feel comfortable and calming.
How do you stay healthy when you travel?
The last two tours were just me and my band, and I would do my own hair and makeup. Now, in a way it’s harder because I have to be more disciplined. I know there are people that are good at that, but I’m not one of them! I mean it takes everything in me to be like, “Oh, I just ran for 10 minutes, I’m fine.” But now I’m grateful that I have my trainer, Amy Rosoff Davis, with me for the tour.
How does she keep you motivated?
I do cardio, we have a pilates machine that I bring on the bus and this “sweat bed,” which is kind of like a big burrito that I sweat in for 45 minutes. She’s really good about switching it up throughout the week so that it’s not mundane.
What do you do before you go onstage?
I like to be in my room. I don’t really run around too much. I tend to listen to relaxing music or do a little yoga. Oh, and I always say a prayer before going out onstage. I always do that. And I try to drink a lot of water — ideally a whole bottle before going o stage. I like to go onstage with a clear head.
And after? Do you just crash?
You know, it’s funny. On the last tour — and I’m doing it again on this tour – I would meet fans from the concert after my show. During the show, my crew will pick 40 fans in the crowd that are all the way in the nosebleeds and are just losing their minds and going out of control, and they’ll come backstage and meet me after the show. I also always do an Instagram photo outside of my bus and take pictures with fans and just hang out with them a little bit. Oddly enough, it’s something that calms me down.
That said, there are days where I’m not feeling so great or I’ve hurt my knee onstage, which usually means I have to take it easy for a bit. But when I can, it’s always just fun to be able to meet my fans, walk around, and let my body cool down before I’m back on the bus.
What’s the best part of touring?
I love connecting with people. I mean, I think that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed doing. This album in particular, I worked on for almost two years. And not to discredit any of the music I’ve done in the past, it’s just the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned and appreciated my journey, and I’ve tried to utilize that in my music.
And it must be amazing to hear people screaming your name?
Yeah, I mean if anything, it’s just great to be able to walk on a stage and be around people that remind you why you do it. There are a lot of critical people in the world, and it’s gotten harder to impress people these days more than ever. When you go onstage, you’re there with people that you know are there for you.
Also, most of my fans have been with me from the beginning. I see people in the crowd who were 14 with me when I was on Disney, and now they’re 23 with me at a concert and having fun. I can recognize that and it feels really good and it reminds me why I do what I do.
How do you keep yourself grounded growing up in front of the cameras?
To me it’s not that hard. It’s my parents. I give them full credit for keeping me grounded. Obviously it’s so abnormal, if you look at it objectively. It’s not truly something that any kid should go through when you’re developing who you are and figuring out what you want to do.
That said, I wouldn’t take it back for the world ever. I mean, I love what I do, but the moment I allow this to be my happiness, that’s when it gets dangerous. Like when I want someone’s approval, that’s when it gets dangerous and I shouldn’t do it anymore.
Also, I know that if I disappoint my family or my mom sees me being disrespectful to somebody that works really hard, it’s over. My mom had me when she was 16, she worked four jobs and went to community college. Like, there’s just no way I could treat somebody in a way that I feel bigger than them. That’s just never been who I am and there’s just no way I could be that person.
I’ve had some really hard days and some bad days, but in the end, if I lost all of this, I would just go back to Texas and be with my family and that’s fine with me.
If the world is just like high school and Instagram is how we know who the popular kids are, then Selena Gomez is currently the coolest kid in the cafeteria. And what worries her is the responsibility that comes with having 62 million—”71 million,” she corrects me (72 by the time I’m writing this and definitely more by the time you’re reading this)—followers. What should she post? When? More? Less? Or, shudder, should she just quit forever?
Deleting her account would be just the latest in a series of baller moves in her evolution. Or more apt, revolution—one rooted in child stardom at 7 on Barney & Friends, after her mother (who became her first manager) found a flyer for an open casting call for the show while they were living in Grand Prairie, Texas. (Gomez’s parents, who had her at 16, weren’t married. They married other people, which is how she has two toddler half sisters on each side.)
With barely any makeup, she could almost pass for the 14-year-old the world first really got to know on her second TV show, Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. (Before that, she also guest-starred on Hannah Montana.) Gomez was one of a generation of Disney stars—Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Demi Lovato, et al.—who each became famous and then had to grow up and figure out, exactly, what she was famous for.
Here, a few highlights from her interview, in our June issue on newsstands May 17:
On dating: “I’ve been dating. I’ve been having the best time. But I don’t trust anybody, so dating can only be fun if I know I’m going to have fun.”
On how she deals with agents and managers: “Authenticity is my life. They make great choices, but I make the decisions.”
On being known for who she dates with not who she is: “I would try to promote something that I loved, and the entire interview would be about my personal life. I would leave a room feeling defeated, feeling embarrassed, but I would always make sure to put that smile on my face because I wasn’t going to let them get to me.”
On taking control of her career: “I had to not be afraid to ask dumb questions, which means I asked a million things about ever single step that I was making.”
On her upcoming tour and film: “I finally just wanted to go for it. I wanted to do things that I knew were going to be me. I don’t want people to look at me as someone who is just this celebrity person.”
Read the full interview and see more pics in the June issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands May 17. And for a little behind-the-scenes action to hold you over, see Gomez at her cover shoot here:
Source: Marie Claire
“I don’t know what day it is!” says Selena Gomez—understandably so. The 23-year-old pop star is calling amid a whirlwind week that saw her grace the Met Gala red carpet on Monday and then zip back to Las Vegas where her second solo tour kicks off today. Between sound check and final rehearsals, Gomez has a few minutes to chat before diving back into her five-act set. “We’re running the show back to back,” she says. “It’ll be good.”
It’s been a banner year for Gomez, who lately became the most followed person on Instagram, overtaking best friend Taylor Swift. There was her initiation into Nicolas Ghesquière’s girl gang, which saw her style take a turn toward leather Louis Vuitton crop tops and Vetements denim. She appeared at Sundance and, thanks to her supernaturally thick head of hair, became a face of Pantene, which is sponsoring the tour, while maturing as an artist, and taking a larger role in writing her sophomore album. “The past two years have been such a transition period for me,” Gomez says.
And with Revival set to take her around the world for six months, crisscrossing from Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur, there’s certainly more to come. Here, she reveals how she gets world tour–ready, the secret to her bombshell blowout, and her ultimate juice recipe.
On kickstarting her fitness:
“I’ve never really had a personal trainer, but I started working with Amy [Rosoff Davis] last year. She’s incredible, I met her at Ballet Bodies in L.A., and we have a really fun friendship. About a month and a half ago is when I really buckled down, and at the moment, I’m training every day to build my stamina up for the tour. But don’t get me wrong—it was not like this before the tour [laughs].”
On learning to breathe (literally):
“Once we started rehearsing, I was doing Pilates, SoulCycle, every form of yoga. Basically, I wanted to mix things up because I get bored easily. I just try to keep it fresh. I love how Pilates makes me feel, like it opens me up. I have the hardest time breathing, weirdly enough. Even when I have conversations, I need to work on my breathing, so it’s something I enjoy because it’s peaceful and it helps me relax. And I’m doing two shows back to back [today], and that’s cardio in itself.”
On game-changing stage hair:
“Marissa [Marino], my hairstylist, is coming on the road with me. We wanted to create a unique touch for each look in the show—you see glimpses of the different sides of who I am. It’s exciting. We’re going to do a lot with the hair. I love being able to let it flow and be wavy because that’s my go-to look, but we’re going to try some fun things—incorporating braids and updos. I like to be adventurous. I’ll see along the way what inspires us, if we want to add some cool materials thrown in the hair with a braid. We’ll see.”
On maintaining a healthy mane:
“One of the most important things for me is my hair. I’ve always been about my hair, and I love that my mom and my nana taught me how to take care of it myself. It goes through a lot every day, but I try to keep it healthy. I have to admit, it can get a little dead on the ends. I like to leave conditioner on overnight sometimes—I’ll wrap it up and let it sit. I’m going to be able to do that on the road a lot, on the bus. I’m addicted to the Pantene Air Spray. There’s no alcohol in it, so I literally just coat my hair in it before I go on stage. I do my dramatic hair flip, and I just coat it. It doesn’t feel like it’s damaging my hair, I can tell.”
On staying hydrated, wherever you are:
“I always have water, tons of water. It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water and I want to stay hydrated. I have a juicer I’m staring at right now, so I always have my vegetables and my fruit for the juicer. I do two carrots, ginger, I do one piece of celery—I know, that’s lame, but one—and then half of a beet. Those are the things I always keep around.”
On curating the ideal dressing room:
“I love having the same aroma in every room because it makes you feel like you’re at home, no matter where you are. I have two humidifiers, and I mix eucalyptus and lavender oil for every room I come into—even my bus. I’m also about lighting, so everything has to feel very cozy and warm. I love to set the mood; that‘s kind of my thing.”
Back in 2013, Selena Gomez canceled parts of her Stars Dance Tour after she was diagnosed with lupus and had to undergo chemotherapy treatment. Now, nearly three years later, Gomez is about to hit the road again on the Revival Tour, and this time she’ll donate proceeds from each ticket sold to the Alliance for Lupus Research, according to her representative.
Based in New York, ALR is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent lupus. Gomez’s camp says ALR was selected because of its broad reach. Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in a 2015 Billboard cover story.
For her Revival Tour — which kicks off Friday in Las Vegas — Gomez is ready to be back on the stage and the center of attention. “This show is so centered around me, and I mean that in a way of confidence, of strength,” Gomez says. “It has a beautiful feel to it, but it is about me, so if I wanted to come in one day and say I want to change [a song in the show] or add this, I can do that. That’s the first time I’ve ever really been able to do that in my life. And I feel, I feel great about it. It’s not me making sure I hit all the dance moves.
“There’s so much I want to prove to myself for this tour and it’s just based on me, it’s based on my voice, it’s based on what I say to my crowd,” she adds. “That’s all I really want.”
With regards to the set list for the show, the pop star says she had a “clear vision” for the tour: “Seventy percent of my audience are the people that I’ve had with me from the beginning, but I know that a big portion of [the crowd] will be people who’ve never been to one of my concerts before, so I obviously kept that in mind.”
Gomez says she’s very “excited” for fans to hear the new version of “Come and Get It” that she’ll be performing during the show, which is mostly focused around the Revival album. “We just sprinkled in only three old songs, so it’s just the new material, which is how I wanted it to be. We may add in a few things as well, surprise-wise, but we’ll figure it out.”
Gomez’s globe-trotting Revival Tour has shows scheduled through Dec. 18, with dates in North America, Asia and Europe.