Actress and pop superstar Selena Gomez, recently revealed that she was less than impressed with her past album covers. The actress first rose to fame in 2007 as part of the cast of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly places.” She moved into the music scene not long after and is currently set to release her fourth studio album.
In a recent interview, Gomez talked about how she felt being exposed to the public at such an early age and how she was constantly sexualized by the entertainment industry. According to the 29-year-old, the pressure pushed her to make some decisions in the past that she is less than proud of.
Gomez referenced an album cover she made years ago, which displayed the actress in black and white posing nude. The Disney alum revealed that while she wasn’t an overly sexual person when making the album cover, she felt pressured to appear as an adult.
Selena Gomez Was Ashamed Of Her Album Cover
Gomez has some reservations about her album covers during her pop era. The actress recently appeared in a round table discussion with The Hollywood Reporter along with actresses like Amy Schumer, Molly Shannon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Bridget Everett, and Quinta Brunson. There she recalled a time when she wasn’t exactly proud of her album covers.
“I did an album cover and I was really ashamed after I did it,” the actress said. “I had to work through those feelings because I realized it was attached to something deeper that was going on. And it was a choice that I wasn’t necessarily happy that I made, but I think that I’ve done my best, at least I try to be myself.”
In the June 16 interview focused on comedic actresses on television, Gomez also revealed that the decision didn’t come to her naturally because she isn’t an “overly sexual person.” “Sometimes I like to feel sexy but that doesn’t mean it’s for everybody else,” she said. “It can be for me.”
Selena Gomez Felt’ Pressure’ While Releasing ‘Revival’
Gomez previously talked about how she felt concerning the creative decisions on her past projects. In an interview with Allure in 2020, the Rare Beauty founder revealed that around the time she was set to release her 2015 album “Revival,” she felt some pressure.
The black and white album cover showed the actress posing nude while simultaneously looking covered up. While recalling the time, Gomez claimed that the actions weren’t her and were made due to the pressure to appear grown in the album.
“I just did things that weren’t really me,” she said. “There was pressure to seem more adult in my album, ‘Revival.’ I felt the need to show skin… I really don’t think I was that person.”
That doesn’t seem to be a problem for the actress anymore because she revealed that she was currently in charge of making all the rules in her life. “I am in full control of my life and everything I do, what is out there, everything. I am in charge of everything in my life,” Gomez said.
Gomez On Why She Avoids Social Media
While reflecting on her life, Gomez revealed that she felt vulnerable to certain aspects of the music industry and, most of the time, felt like she couldn’t speak up for herself. According to the actress, the constant expectation to be sexy was one of the reasons she stayed away from social media.
The “Wizards of Wavery Places” star said, “I can’t look that way. I don’t find it attainable, and the moment I’m not on social media, everything else becomes real.” She also referenced pictures on Instagram that constantly promoted unattainable beauty standards.
Besides Gomez, several other celebrities have spoken up about the harmful beauty culture of the entertainment industry. Famous people like Natalie Portman and Alyson Stoner previously addressed how mentally destructive being sexualized at a young age is.
Gomez Is Gearing Up For Her Fourth Album
Gomez is reportedly setting up for her fourth studio album, “S4,” which will be a follow-up to her 2020 album “Rare.” The actress previously hinted that she planned on retiring from music so she could have an opportunity to pursue other passions.
In her Vogue cover story in 2021, she said, “I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that, I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music.”
“S4” is Gomez’s first solo album since she released her 2021 Spanish EP “Revelación.” She also did a track called “Ice cream” with Korean pop group Blackpink in 2020 and a collab with Camila Cabello a year later, “999.” 2022 saw her get in the studio with Coldplay for “Let Somebody Go.”
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