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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.

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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 .


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