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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.


Images Credit: Elle.com

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?

Images Credit: Elle.com/Idolator.com

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.

Images Credit: Idolator.com

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?

Image: Elle.com

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  1. Justilean

    Posted by Justilean on September 3, 2015 at 05:18

    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.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by nolasleuth on October 23, 2012 at 15:52

    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

  3. vsmith21

    Posted by vsmith21 on October 10, 2012 at 17:02

    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.

  4. lovelylove22

    Posted by lovelylove22 on September 29, 2012 at 08:02

    i absolutely do not agree with her photos but i hate that everyone is wanting her to stay the sweet little girl she was. shes growing up and becoming an adult

  5. JoyJoyGirl

    Posted by JoyJoyGirl on September 18, 2012 at 14:21

    This makes me very sad.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by ishinesarah on September 5, 2012 at 12:24

    Wow this is so sad to see this happen.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by daisygirl5522 on August 20, 2012 at 15:08

    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.

  8. figlllgisalt

    Posted by figlllgisalt on August 15, 2012 at 09:33

    The one with the striped pants just made me sick. It’s so unnecessary and inappropriate. I just pray that teen/child stars now see this and say that they won’t grow up ad do that.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by MarieA on August 14, 2012 at 15:05

    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. Project Inspired

    Posted by kathrynandflowers9 on August 1, 2012 at 03:03

    i actually JUST bought this magazine… i love selena but im afraid shes going to go in the bad miley cyrus, britney spears, and vanessa hudgens path :\

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Rusa on July 12, 2012 at 23:35

    I am totally dissapointed in her….

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by amanday on July 11, 2012 at 17:29

    no it makes me sad because i used to admire her now look at what happen to her 🙁

  13. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on July 5, 2012 at 16:07

    Wow!i used to love Selena.that is so sad!!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by amandalovesu on July 5, 2012 at 12:28

    wow this is so shocking

    to me

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by SammieGirl17 on June 29, 2012 at 11:22

    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.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by livelovedance21 on June 30, 2012 at 17:45

      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.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by marleybob98 on June 29, 2012 at 07:08

    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.

  17. dianochka

    Posted by dianochka on June 28, 2012 at 11:11

    wow i had a felling about her that some day some time she would change

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by cwaldie on June 27, 2012 at 10:40

    See a neat video on modesty called, “What Guys Think About What Girls Wear.” to give you the real idea about what guys think is modest. Trust me, it’s different than what girls think. http://www.boybrains.com Even if you don’t get the video, download the free modesty check.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Corina on June 27, 2012 at 09:29

    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.

  20. Paris

    Posted by Paris on June 26, 2012 at 22:26

    She is goregous,and I like the pictures,but I hope she stays with God.

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by HeavenlyAuroraz on June 25, 2012 at 20:34

    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

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by beautyinside12 on July 20, 2012 at 19:15

      I agree. I don’t find anything wrong with the pics. Expect for the one where she is a bra and panty. But come on! She can’t always stay 14. She barely showed skin.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by MarieA on August 14, 2012 at 15:08

        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.

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by EverydayImWorshipping on June 24, 2012 at 11:21

    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.

  23. LizB

    Posted by LizB on June 23, 2012 at 16:45

    sad to watch-saw it coming.

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by PeacefulDove73 on June 22, 2012 at 13:32

    Wow that’s really sad. I love theater and acting and its my dream to be in a movie but if I ever do I don’t wanna turn out this way :/

  25. MeghanHug99

    Posted by MeghanHug99 on June 21, 2012 at 15:19

    No not at all. She was my Idol, until last year. I pray for all of those girls that do those things to get attention.

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by nickyrae on June 21, 2012 at 13:16

    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.

    • iamtruelybeautiful

      Posted by iamtruelybeautiful on July 7, 2012 at 10:00

      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..

  27. myale2345

    Posted by myale2345 on June 19, 2012 at 20:31

    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.

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by surfergirl777 on June 19, 2012 at 20:20

    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!

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by christine31 on June 18, 2012 at 22:15

    no way!