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Should Selena Gomez Have Posed for Cosmo?

In a recent post, Nicole wrote about Cosmopolitan featuring 17-year-old Dakota Fanning on its cover.  Well, guess who’s gracing the upcoming March edition? Selena Gomez.

Who wouldn’t want Gomez on the cover of their magazine? After all, she has a huge following…of primarily underage girls!

Cosmo is very aware that Selena Gomez is huge. They also know that she is currently making her transition from child actress to adult, and in doing so will likely attract these young fans wherever she goes. Because of this, I feel that Cosmo is seriously marketing to young readers in the hopes of increasing their readership.

I understand that they’re trying to become more hip and cool, but do they have to lure underage readers by featuring their favorite stars?

Picture this: A young girl stands with her mom at the checkout line in a grocery store. She sees a picture of her favorite starlet, Selena Gomez. She’s seven so she can read. The picture of Selena attracts her. She reads the headline about Selena. Her eyes wander the page, and all of a sudden she’s reading “BEST SEX EVER,” “TRY THIS SEX TRICK,” or “MIND-BLOWING SEX MOVES.”

Maybe the girl’s in her early teens and decides she wants to read about Gomez, so she flips through the magazine or purchases it to read it later. In doing so, she may just be tempted to read the other information Cosmo has to offer, such as tips to enhance your sex life, ways to attract a man, or how to please a man sexually. Are any of those topics appropriate for a young teen?

Cosmopolitan sells by promoting sex. For an adult, that’s fine. But for a child, that’s just too explicit. I have three children. My 7-year-old son reads very well. With Cosmo at every checkout in the grocery store, I’m constantly diverting his attention, telling him not to read the cover, or turning the magazine over. I have enough to do juggling three young kids on a shopping trip. I shouldn’t have to worry about protecting them from inappropriate sexual content in a grocery store.  And not all parents protect their children from reading such content.

It’s our responsibility to protect all children and preserve their innocence for as long as possible. Too many children are exposed to sex at way too young of an age, whether it’s on television or at school, and that breaks my heart. The media is a major culprit and the editors of Cosmo should be ashamed that they allow such graphic copy to be visible to children. Have they lost sight of all moral values for the sake of money?

The first amendment states that we have a right to free speech and the right to a free press. Asking that Cosmo be covered to protect children is not in any way infringing upon those rights. It’s just ensuring that adults alone view and purchase it. Cosmo can continue to do what they are doing, but they should not be given the freedom to infringe upon the innocence of my child or anyone else’s.

At the same time, I feel that Selena Gomez has some responsibility in this, too. I understand that she probably wants to transition from child acting to a mature forum, but she knows many of her fans are still very young. They still adore her and they’ll follow her wherever she goes.

As a role model, I think Gomez should be more particular about what publications she chooses to be featured on.

Are you a Selena Gomez fan? Would you look at Cosmo to read an article about her?

Image: Cosmopolitan


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by alima413 on August 2, 2012 at 07:43

    that is so wrong I thought selena was my rolemodel shes awesome but this is wrong to do with her I could see it for miley cyrus because shes already taken images like that but selena thats a shocker 🙁

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheMouseLover on July 5, 2012 at 21:41

    This month’s cosmo has DEMI LOVATO on the cover!! Come on Cosmo! She first got famous from a cute Disney movie called Camp Rock where she starred with the Jonas Brothers. She then got her own show called Sunny With a Chance about a young girl who follows her dreams and stars in her favorite show. She starred in a Disney movie with Selena called Princess Protection Program. Then came Camp Rock 2. Now she’s on Cosmo. Seriously Kate, we all know what you’re trying to do, and it is SICK! First Dakota Fanning, then Selena, and now Demi! Who’s next?? Victoria Justice? It wouldnt surprise me. Girls whenever we see this magazine, lets either flip it over or (if there is something dirty on the back) cover it up with another magazine!! we will TAKE THEM DOWN TOGETHER!!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Arrow on June 16, 2012 at 19:25

    very dissapointed selena went from biblical tweets to this all grown up “sexy” version of selena i mean she was little and cute and innocent 14 years ago i mean she was hopping on a boucy ball on barny and now she is in cosmo i havnt ever read it and never will but posing for it

  4. katie74340

    Posted by katie74340 on June 14, 2012 at 08:05

    I have put countless hours into the anti-cosmo cause. I can’t stand to see little girls (and boys) reading the magazine at stores. I see these children grabbing the magazines and saying things like,”Hey look, it’s Katy Perry,” or, “I LOVE Demi Lovato!” It is so heart breaking to see these girls flipping through the pages trying to spot their fave celebrity. I can’t wait until this magazine is sold to ADULTS ONLY!!!

  5. anythingbuttypical

    Posted by anythingbuttypical on June 1, 2012 at 18:59

    I have to say I used to adore her. But now she’s been falling on the bad track. I’m 15 and I’ve always thought that these magazines are really offensive.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Alex Russo on March 31, 2012 at 00:33

    Selena is a 19 year old she can do whatever she wants in my defense but I still dislike “Cosmo Magizine”

    • anythingbuttypical

      Posted by anythingbuttypical on June 1, 2012 at 19:01

      First off, just because she’s 19 doesn’t mean she can go on and show all her skin. She needs some respect and modesty on herself. She’s a role model. LITTLE kids look up to her.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlygirl34 on March 28, 2012 at 10:44

    Should she have done it? No. Am surprised? Actually not. First of all she is a part of the WORLD. Please remember that. No matter how good she seems its like the devil in disguise. If she realy had values or anyting really she wouldn`t have posed. She seems sweet, but she is a part of the world.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by ella.mckenzie.17 on March 21, 2012 at 22:15

    I’ve never read cosmo, but Selena? Really? I looked up to her, like I used to look up Miley and girls like that! I loved Wizards of Waverly Place! Is this what she’s come to???

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by PixelatedOwls on February 29, 2012 at 12:50

    I’ve never read Cosmo and even if one of my biggest role models did anything to deal with Cosmo–I still wouldn’t read it. (:

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by mskayallyn on February 25, 2012 at 21:29

    It made me a little happy because when I was at the store today, it had this magazine on the top shelf where a little girl couldn’t reach and most of the text (not all though) was covered up by other magazine. At least it’s not only us but also stores (maybe an employee?) knows it isn’t right and tries to cover it. Thought it still makes me sad because a girl could still purchase it if she wanted to :/ One step at a time! Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by GrisSouris on February 13, 2012 at 16:51

    I, however, don’t agree with it.. to clear up any confusion!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by GrisSouris on February 13, 2012 at 16:49

    I love Selena Gomez (which sounds a little crazy, but still) She’s still a great person even though she posing on the cover of Cosmo was a mistake- but don’t we all make mistakes? God forgives us and He will forgive her too. I know we shouldn’t compare ourselves, but look at Miley Cyrus.. in her “Party in the USA”, she exposes her bra. In Can’t Be Tamed- that video is absolutely horrible- and that was during (or right after her acting career in Disney) That(in my opinion) is a lot worse. And the same goes for her newer song, “Who owns my heart” Not to mention (I think) she’s starring in a new movie LOL (remake if the French version) and I read that she smokes pot and loses her virginity in the movie. I mean we all make mistakes and she’s growing up (isn’t she 19?) but we still need to forgive.. I mean so far, she has done a rather good career, I think. There hasn’t been a lot (if any) drama about drugs and alcohol or anything about Selena. I think we just need to pray for her and others. God bless! 🙂

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gillzbabygirl on February 7, 2012 at 07:59

    In Selenas defense she is 20 years old. She is old enough to vote, smoke, and almost old enough to drink. She is an adult. But it was very ignorant of her to take such offer with the knowledge that millions of young girls look up to her!!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by fionabrynn on February 6, 2012 at 08:10

    I have to say if I didn’t know the horrible things in cosmo I would deffinitly want to read more about selena gomez, Because she is a romodel to all young girls. So I personally think cosmo has sunk to a whole new low! All the young girls that will be reading cosmo’s garbage because they have a young teen romodel on the cover! Nicole you are amazing for making cosmo only buyable for people 18 and up.

  15. jesusfreak360

    Posted by jesusfreak360 on February 4, 2012 at 14:08

    I never have read cosmo but i believe a teen start shouldnt of because she is not only a teen star but a kid star!

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by tarac14 on February 4, 2012 at 07:23

    went to walmart today and saw 2 little girls (like 11 or 12) looking at this and begging their mother to buy it for them beacause there favorite disney star was on it…their mother was smart and didnt (thank God). after they left i put a different magazine infront of all the cosmo mags…

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by ThinkPink on February 3, 2012 at 15:00

    Isn’t that disgusting? Walking in the grocery store checkout line with little kids and there are sex tips shooting out from every direction? Cosmopolitan isn’t concerned with anything like that. As for Selena Gomez, deciding to pose for Cosmo was a foolish move on her part. Obviously she wasn’t thinking of her young fans when she did this. However, she is an adult, and her decisions are her own. We just have to be good role models now for the future generation. 🙂

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Brie on February 2, 2012 at 21:09

    I was in the checkout line the other day and saw that the Cosmo rack had a piece of black, opaque plastic covering the images and only leaving a fraction of the top of the magazine visible. Was it as good as only selling to adults in a black bag? No…but it was for sure a step in the right direction that I was happy to see! Wandering eyes need not fall upon such explicit content while in the grocery store…

    • jesusfreak360

      Posted by jesusfreak360 on February 4, 2012 at 14:09

      Im glad to hear that when i was in walmart the other day it was still like it always has been. hopefully soon it will change

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Brittany on February 2, 2012 at 21:00

    I really wish celebs would think about the risk before posing for Cosmo. Selena was in a Disney Channel show, makes songs for teens/kids, and pretty much all her fans are young. Didn’t she stop to think about how many young kids would likely read this magazine, simply because she’s in it. I understand she’s an adult, maybe she’s trying to appeal to older people now instead of kids, but I still think she should’ve decided not to do this considering most of her fans are teens.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on February 2, 2012 at 17:32

    I am not a Selena Gomez fan. I would definitively not look at Cosmo to read an article about her.

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by BriaLovesJesus on February 2, 2012 at 15:03

    Shouldnt she know better?! I swear hollywood is eating people up each nd every day 🙁

  22. clairebear

    Posted by clairebear on February 2, 2012 at 14:48

    In no way do I think she should have even thought about posing for Cosmo. And I know we can’t make it go out of buisness and wipe out Cosmo completely but I don’t think ANYONE should read Cosmo. Even adults.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on February 1, 2012 at 19:28

    If I didn’t know any better by now, I would’ve definitely picked up that vulgar magazine and read the article because I’m a Selena fan. I’m only 13, too. They’re definitely marketing to underage girls. Its disgusting.

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by dairygirl52 on February 1, 2012 at 17:27

    I like some of the articles on your website, and agree that Cosmo is not appropriate and should be covered in stores. HOWEVER, I am extremely tired of the CONSTANT bombardment of anti-cosmo articles. When i registered I thought this was a site to help young women grow in God, not a place of constant negative messages about Cosmo. -_-
    Sincerely Saddened,
    17 year old

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Bmac on May 19, 2012 at 11:33

      i agree, they have placed to much about the anti cosmo misson lately!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Blondie on February 6, 2012 at 18:01

      Well its up to us to stop it and if we back down now.. well it might not go through… but interesting point….

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by akw77 on February 5, 2012 at 19:48

      I completely agree, that has been really bothering me lately.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by dairygirl52 on February 7, 2012 at 17:22

        I’m glad I am not the only one! I don’t want to spend forever judging others actions and a magazines actions!!

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by haley_nicole_4_Christ on February 1, 2012 at 15:45

    I agree completely. 🙂

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by CatTheJournalist on February 1, 2012 at 14:58

    I was confused about Selena for a long time. When she first came on wizards of waverly place on disney channel, she seemed like a spunky, fun young actress. She herself said she was Catholic. So if this is true, then she knows whats right. A lot of thing about her have pointed to the fact that she is, if not a believer, at least knows God and the Bible. An equal amount of things have pointed the opposite way. I think she knew what was right, but has wandered down the wrong path. I think there’s still hope for her. But being a cover girl for Cosmo is not helping! She’s an adult and she can do what she wants. But there are underage girls who look up to her. The only things I can think to do are put Cosmo in a bag and pray.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kate on February 2, 2012 at 09:33

      at least her Christian (hopefully Catholic) background has done 1 thing for her: it’s planted the seed of faith in her heart that satan can’t touch, although he can try to cover it. As long as that’s there, God will fight for her soul.

  27. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nikki360 on February 1, 2012 at 14:18

    Used to be a fan, not anymore. Its like Miley all over again.

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by Arya.8 on February 1, 2012 at 13:45

    Ugh are you kidding me she’s one of my favorites and now she posed for cosmo 🙁

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kate on February 1, 2012 at 08:28

    NO. Selena NEVER should have done that. She needs to be more responsible and think about her audience that looks up to her. I don’t think she really cares, as long as she gets the roles and the attention. And yowza, look at how low-cut that dress is o_0 !

  30. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paypay13 on February 1, 2012 at 05:19

    I AM a Selena fan, and a pretty BIG one at that. I loved the Princess Protection program movie she starred in, I loved her as Alex on Wizards, I love her music. But I think this was a mistake and that she shouldn’t do it again. But I am NOT going to read cosmo just cuz she is on the cover. And most likely, parents won’t let their kids either!

  31. lindsay.marie

    Posted by lindsay.marie on January 31, 2012 at 21:00

    I love Selena Gomez, and as terrible as it is, i probably would be very tempted to read the article about her. And like this article mentions, i’d be a little curious about the sex tips. I wouldn’t actually USE them of course, but i’d just be curious. I’m 13.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kate on February 2, 2012 at 09:34

      curiosity is a tough thing…it can definitely be harmful in that context. Fight it!

  32. Project Inspired

    Posted by Maddie on January 31, 2012 at 20:28

    I agree. It’s too bad Selena Gomez decided to appear in this magazine. I thought she was transitioning gracefully, but after seeing her change in music, movies, as well as TV shows, I have confirmed that what I thought was wrong. I am constantly praying for Selena Gomez and all of the other child stars on Disney Channel.

  33. garneraddy

    Posted by garneraddy on January 31, 2012 at 20:12

    So dissapointed! her CD liners used to say “thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by Brianna27 on January 31, 2012 at 19:55

    I think that selena shouldn’t have done this. we all know that selena isn’t a kid she didn’t have to pose in this magazine or pose in sexy magazines to prove that

  35. Project Inspired

    Posted by AllieKatFender on January 31, 2012 at 19:04

    Selena Gomez can do what she wants, but I think this is a very immature move on her part. Trying to prove she’s grown up just makes her look more childish. (just as an aside, Justin is WAY too good for her LOL) She’s a gorgeous girl who lets herself be shown off, which I think is sad. She said she was a Christian a million times, and I don’t know whether or not she is, but I hope for her sake that she realizes what path she’s on before she ends up like Britney or something.

  36. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 31, 2012 at 18:37

    To be honest,I have never read Cosmo in my life.

  37. cr4zymodesty

    Posted by cr4zymodesty on January 31, 2012 at 18:02

    Now I’m really sad. I had kinda hoped that Selena would pull out of the trend that most teen girls in Hollywood go through. The start out sweet but soon the pressure to be sexy becomes too much. I had hoped that she’d get better. 🙁