The last few years have been very eventful for Selena Gomez. Despite health issues that made her lay low during the summer, she has shown that she’s unstoppable and can bounce back from anything.
Gomez first rose to fame with her role on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” where she played the character of Alex Russo.
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She was recently featured in an Artist’s Spotlight YouTube video where she spoke about one exciting experience she had during her time on the show.
According to her, a fan of her acting approached her with a compliment, saying that she was a strong Latina role model.
Keep scrolling to find out more details about the beautiful comment and how Gomez felt afterward.
Selena Gomez Rose To Stardom With ‘Wizards Of Waverly Place’
Though Gomez first became popularly known for her role in “Wizards Of Waverly Place,” the Disney show was not her first television appearance.
When she was much younger, she auditioned for the popularly known children’s show “Barney & Friends” and frequently appeared on the show for about two years.
She then starred in the action/adventure movie “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” in 2003 and had a guest appearance on the television series “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” The show paved the way for her acting career and helped her music career as she was the voice behind the show’s theme song.
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This breakthrough in her acting career came with a large fan base that majorly featured preteens and teenagers. She won multiple awards for her acting and earned a massive following and influence over the years.
Though she encountered many other opportunities that have contributed to her present success, her role on “Wizard Of Waverly Places” has been credited by many of her fans as their favorite work of the actress.
Selena Gomez Says A Fan Called Her A Strong Latina Role Model
Many artists have commented on the great impact which their fans have on their careers and performances. Though they don’t exactly know or connect with every one of them individually, some fans are lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet or talk to these stars.
One of these lucky fans was a single mom who met with Gomez on the set of the Disney show.
Gomez was excited to talk about the experience in her feature on YouTube Artist’s Spotlight. She shared how the woman impacted her when she approached her after a live taping of “Wizards of Waverly Places” and proceeded to tell her “thank you” for being a “strong, Latina woman.” She then noted that the woman appreciated her for being an icon that “young girls” can look up to.
Gomez expressed that before then, she had never seen herself as a role model. “I remember being a little confused at first because I guess I didn’t really know that I didn’t have someone like that, and I’m honored to be that for a lot of young girls,” the actress said.
Gomez Made A Documentary For Immigrants
The statements by the fan impacted Gomez so much that she decided to make an impact on all her fans, especially young girls. She resolved to create an avenue through which she could advocate for and defend undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
She also produced a documentary series called “Living Undocumented,” which focused on the difficulties undocumented people, especially the Latina community, face in the United States.
The series followed eight families living in different states in the U.S. who had issues with their immigration status.
Many fans of Gomez and film critics applauded the series for its authenticity and quality. With Gomez’s reveal, fans of the series may have that one fan to thank for inspiring her to make such an impact.
Other Ways Selena Gomez Has Influenced The World
The star actress and musician has contributed majorly to the betterment of other people and parts of the world, such as when she used her large influence and audience to advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2019. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF and has spent over a decade on matters of advocacy and charity.
She has held several sponsored charity concerts with UNICEF, which raised a lot of money and helped provide food, education, water, and medication for young people worldwide.
She has also made out time to address mental health issues and coping mechanisms on different occasions.
Gomez has truly become a role model in many ways, more than just her acting and singing career to many of her fans.