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?

    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. 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. 🙁

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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 !

    7. 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.

      • 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.

    8. 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

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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…

    13. 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. 🙂

    14. 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…

    15. 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.

    16. 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!!

    17. 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! 🙂

    18. 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! 🙂

    19. 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.

      • 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.

    20. 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!!!

    21. 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

    22. 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!!

    23. 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 🙁

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