Selena Gomez Proves She’s a “Grown-Up” by Stripping Down for Elle Magazine

    Well, ladies, it’s official! And I kinda saw this one coming, I’m afraid.

    Selena Gomez has completed her transition from child star to adult celebrity by getting “sexy” and showing lots of skin.

    In the upcoming July issue of Elle magazine, Gomez dresses provocatively and flaunts her body in very seductive poses.

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    Of course, the media is thrilled that the 19-year-old is “unleashing her inner vixen,” as E! Online describes it. But I think it’s really sad.

    I mean, remember the Selena Gomez that little girls fell in love with? I know Gomez can’t look that way forever, but why does she have to resort to sexualizing herself? Why can’t she grow up while still maintaining modesty and self-respect?

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    We’ve featured Gomez a number of times on Project Inspired, because like so many of our favorite child stars, she began as a lovely, innocent, modest and God-loving girl. We covered her movie Monte Carlo, shared her biblical tweets on Twitter and promoted her as an inspiring Christian.

    But it wasn’t long before the transition began taking place. I mentioned my concern in my post Is It Ego or Insecurity that Guides Miley Cyrus? and at the 2011 American Music Awards last December when she wore a very provocative gown. Since then, she’s been trending immodest fashion and she posed on the cover of Cosmopolitan. This was a real disappointment and a defining moment for Gomez, because it confirmed the direction she was choosing to head in. And this all happened in a little over a year.

    I guess being cute and innocent is only for children in Hollywood. And in order to be considered adults, female stars have to strip down, show tons of skin, put their breasts on display and pose in sexual positions.

    Even Gomez’s upcoming indie movie, Spring Breakers, has the new, grown-up Gomez running around in a bikini. A far cry from Monte Carlo.

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    PI ladies, being pure doesn’t mean you’re gullible and immature, and being “sexy” doesn’t make you smart and sophisticated. There is such a sad misconception in Hollywood that being sexy means you’re courageous and people will take you seriously. But all it really means is that you’re willing to show your body to the world.

    I pray that a young starlet comes along, behind Gomez and Cyrus and all the other women we’ve discussed in the passed. And I pray she remains pure and modest. I pray she breaks the mold that has determined the futures of past starlets, who were so quick to set their self-respect aside for the sake of fame. And I pray this starlet sets a new mold that stars behind her follow: One that focuses on talent, a good heart and a true devotion to God.

    Ladies, what do you think about Gomez’s photo shoot? Do you think she needs to be sexy in order to prove that she’s a grown-up now?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. Justin probably enjoyed this hahaha but NO she doesn’t need to dress like that at all! I personally like Taylor Swifts’s fashion and it’s really funny that you mentioned praying for a new starlet because I just had this sudden interest to be one a week ago and have been researching ever since! I hope I get an oportunity! And the article was great thank you soooo much!

    2. This is so sad! I can’t believe that she’d come to this, although I was expecting it too. One of my favorite starts is probably Candace Cameron Bure. You should check her out. She was DJ on Full House and although went through hard times, had an older brother that helped to keep her focused on God.

    3. when the stars miley cyrus, demi lavoto, and selena gomez all started to get popular they were my absolute faverites! untill now… they are horrible examples. even God loving justin beiber loses all respect when his new single boyfriend music video came out, taylor swift is changing her songs and adding ungodly comments and cussing to her songs. im 13 and im running out of modest, and respectful rule models.

      • I respect your opinion I really do. But yeah Miley Cyrus I kind of agree is getting unmodest. Yeah Demi Lovato went through some things but she is strong and helps girls they can overcome what she did. Yeah and to Selena Gomez: I like her music but, uh yeah some of the clothes she wears are revealing.Okay I love Taylor Swift.. but she doesn’t cuss in her songs? So yeah I think Demi & Taylor are the only people I can look up to in this media..

    4. I am a Selena fan to a certain extent and this photo shoot was just demeaning towards her. She’s so beautiful she doesn’t need to pose and dress like that. It’s so sad that the young stars dress like they do. Us being teenagers need an example and this is certainly not one.

    5. The pics aren’t that bad, I think you gals are overreacting a little bit, you act like she’s posing in an adult magizine. You shouldn’t even look up to someone you don’t even know at all. Just because she’s on Disney and make music doesn’t mean she should be a role model. That’s why young starlets do that, they’re tired of being held as a responsibility to be perfect. However, the pic with the stripped pants is a little trashy

        • Yeah but we need to remember that she says she’s christian and she’s dressed very immodestly. Just because she’s getting older, doesn’t mean she has to show more skin! actually, it should be the other way around! When you get older, you should prove you get more classy with age and make more elegant choices. Poor girl, I hope she changes soon and doesn’t pose for anything even more provocative.

    6. I personally think we’re ignoring the real problem here. If we as a society would stop treating these celebrities as flawless deities and place the responsibility of raising this next generation back on their parents maybe these 19 yr old singers and actress could grow up in their own time without having the pressure of being seen as perfect by millions of people they will never meet. These kids make fun music and acts movies, they aren’t roles models. It’s time for the families and churches and local communities to step it up and really give these kids concrete, real life success/failure/ love stories to root for and aspire to. This girl is living her life, let’s give our kids the courage to get out and do the same.

    7. I haven’t seen Taylor Swift in this kind of stuff, maybe because I don’t really look at those kind of magazines, but maybe… just maybe, she has a good head on her shoulders. I remember the Miley Cyrus scandal when they took a picture of her in only a sheet for a magazine.

    8. I was in the store yesterday, and i saw a cosmo magazine, and saw someone on the cover, i didnt recognize her at first, but when i looked closer, i saw that it was demi lovato!!! She was practicley naked!! I was shocked because i used to admire her so much when she was in her disney tv shows and movies, but now, shes turn into someone that no one can admire, really. I told my mom, and she was shocked too. Those magazines are treturous.

      • You were way over exaggerating on what she was wearing. Demi was wearing a yellow halter top dress that went below the knee. the only innapropriate thing about it was slight cleavage and cutouts on the hips. She wasn’t practically naked.

    9. What many child stars in Hollywood don’t understand is that stripping off their clothes doesn’t prove that they’re older and in fact, makes people lose respect for them. Its a shame, Selena always said she was a christian but lately, I’ve seen her dressing in more and more provocative clothes to the point where she was wearing shorts so short inappropriate parts were falling out.

    10. I wish more stars today would act more like Taylor Swift,she dresses NOTHING like this and sets a good example for young girls,Its sad selena feels she needs to act like this to prove shes older,same with miley cyris.

    11. I’m deeply saddened by this since I used to love her songs and what she stood up for and talking about being pure until marriage. I love Taylor Swift not just for her music but because she dresses and acts the way a woman’s role-model should. She is 21 yet she has never been seen out partying, getting drunk, and being charged with DUI’s. I do not know whether she is a Christian or not I don’t think I’ve ever looked that up but she definitely doesn’t cuss or talk about ungodly things as some have claimed on here. I personally hope she is, but at least she’s not claiming to be a Christian and then pulls stunts like these like Selena and Miley.

    12. The Mother of vulgar role model girls starting the trends that is seen in girls today, Looking back in my opinion it starts with Madonna.
      Madonna vividly led a unrestricted role to assault with her words, her music and her pornographic acts her way to mock Gods ways, christian religion and up christian bringing.
      Madonna used her body in sexual and erotic manners which portrayed and implanted into the minds of impressionable girls everything that is filthy, vulgar and demeaning to church, God, Jesus, religion, family and parenting.
      Madonnas life openly was a early role model to girla dancers and singers and set a precedent for erotic, sensual, and sexy entertainment that was pornographic.
      SOON,,, girls were following the styles and conducts of Madonna and blending it what more modern new music.
      Objections from parents were few, because many mothers found a kinship with Madonna wherby they could let themselves go and excuse away all forms of modesty under the banner of being liberated from rules and God.
      After the death of Mr Walt Disney, soon all of Disney began to decline quickly and started to follow after the new emerging world of erotic, sensual and pornographic dancing and music styles and marketed these heavy and it lured millions of girls and boys and the generations of lewd pornographic child entertainment expanded big time.
      Today Disney remains, as the largest producers of these forms of worldly perverted music, dancing, and Disney movies.
      Disney has produced multitudes of movies in which primarily girls portray the worst of immodest, the glorification of being slutty and skanky and very youg girls are used to portray and glorify and worship all that is Godless and Disney remains as a architect and major promoter to children and youth all manners of lascivious conduct and then targets these “girls” to make them become the consumers of lust filled lives having appetites themselves which then strips away all good inhibitions to be moral and modest.
      The mother harlot of Disney that gave birth to lewd living, immodesty, sexy conduct, and a multitude of other filth goes to “Brittney Spears” the role model she set for today’s girls and what we seen in Disney Entertainment and Movies.
      Sadly also much of the worldly ideas of music and dancing entertainment left Disney and blended itself into all forms of so called Christian church entertainments and is often seen in Christian churches.
      The reason it is accepted and tolerated is because the adults of today that lead in most churches have nbeen so contaminated by the influences of the world and have used it so long that they assume it is normal.
      So then the works of the flesh and the devils ideas have “blinded the eyes” of so many that discernment is gone!
      Finally, is it your place or my place to actions and conducts which “judges the worlds” practices.
      What the worldly girls do, whether it is the Philistines hotties, the Maybelline Egyptians, or all the other Hollywood Jezebels shaking their flesh and singing about their evils that is not what God has called us, you & me to be concerned about,,, He has called us to avoid them and to not adopt their conduct or practices.
      We don’t seek their approvals and they do not set the bar on how to live and act. Their father is Satan.
      See,,, Matthew Mark Luke and John

    13. I’m not sure how “showing skin” in this case means she’s lost her self-respect, but while I hate the idea that females should be innocent as children and sexy as adults, I also hate the idea that women who choose to show skin have no respect for themselves. Of course, in Hollywood you never know what was chosen by a celebrity or by a publicist.

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