The age of social media has made looks and style one of the top priorities among young people today. With cameras in almost every corner at any event, the worry of making sure we abide by beauty norms is as critical as ever. And that includes Hollywood star Selena Gomez herself.
The actress sat down in an interview with InStyle to promote the latest products in her beauty line, Rare Beauty. In the interview, Gomez opened up about the concerns she's had with her appearance since she was just seven years old. Selena explained that being in the industry from such a young age opened her eyes to beauty standards that didn't seem to suit her. "That made me question my own beauty, which is a huge part of why I created Rare Beauty. I wanted quality products that I feel confident and comfortable wearing. But more importantly, I wanted to change the narrative and knockdown dated beauty norms," she shared. Gomez continuously advocates for mental health and self-acceptance through her beauty line and other projects.
The Thirteen Reasons Why producer is known among her fans never to shy away from being genuine and vulnerable. However, it seems that Selena's struggle with self-acceptance went unnoticed by her 287 million Instagram followers. In the interview, Gomez revealed how social media made it even more difficult for her to embrace her appearance. "At one point, Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous. In my early 20s, I felt like I wasn't pretty enough," she told the interviewer. Selena also added the overwhelming feeling led her to become determined to take back her power over the situation. "I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and feel confident to be who I am. Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I've ever made for my mental health," the star shared. Gomez added that, while she still gets occasional visits from her past feelings of self-doubt, she now has a "much better relationship with herself."
Many can relate to the difficulties of being insecure about one's appearance. However, it looks like Selena Gomez is working actively to inspire millions to practice self-love - including herself. We love to see it.