Selena Gomez for ELLE Magazine

Posted on June 08, 2012

Selena pulls out a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and lights them on fire, figuratively speaking.


Selena Gomez is featured in the July 2012 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Carter Smith and styled by Joe Zee.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012 Collection

Lanvin Fall 2012 Collection


Looks like someone is clearly eager to put the final nail in the coffin of her Disney princess origins. She really looks spectacular, we have to say. Sometimes when former child stars move into the sexy-sexy portion of their career, the results can be jarring, but she’s making the transition quite smoothly. Or she will be, if she continues to follow Joe Zee’s advice.


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  • JosephLamour

    Hello Boob Central! I dunno, she looks great on the cover, but that chain mail dress makes me uncomfortable, even though I know she’s of age. I think it’s imagining all that fabulosity with Chipmunk Beibs. 

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Glad it wasn’t just me.  

    •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      THIS! I have no idea why but the sexy styling would make me much less uncomfortable if she wasn’t dating Baby McHairdo Bieber. 

    • gabbilevy

      Also… she can’t be that tiny, right? That has to be photoshop removing half her waist?

      • Bridget Smith

        It may be somewhat photoshopped, but she actually does have a ridiculously tiny waist.

      • Janet McKay

        There is no way those are her proportions.  She’s been photo shopped to hell and back.  It think it’s worse in the second and third pictures.

        • OmegaMu

          That second shot just can’t be right… with those breasts she must have hips. No?

      • Aniela Marie Perry

        Look at the lines of the waves in the ocean in the cover shot. I can’t believe it’s ELLE.

        • Alisa Rivera

          Thanks for pointing that out! Wow, it’s so obvious.

  • Roosevelt 85

    LOVE the cover. She has a late 80s/early 90s Cindy Crawford or Gloria Estefan thing going on.

    • rebecca

      Funny you mention that. I just spent the last hour or so perusing through Seventeens, InFashions and Sassys from that period.  The bee stung lips, big hair and bold colors is so much that era!

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    She does look lovely and the styling and dress choices are fantastic. But what is with that last picture? Did someone catch her praying? Looking in the sand for her contact lens? Or did the photographer yell out, ‘pretend you are looking at me under a coffee table!’

    • Flooby

      I know innocent young girls her age (like my sisters) won’t think anything of it but that pose is seriously not cool for a young girl.  What was Elle thinking?  It’s not a lad mag.

  • M_E_S

    She looks great, but now all I can think of is that creepy guy on “So You Think You Can Dance” carrying around that purple backpack with her face on it so she could “watch” him perform.  *shudders*

    • VicksieDo

      That guy was just being cute/funny not going for creepy.

      • Jennifer Allen

        No matter his intent, he was creepy IMO. A complete narcissist.

        • VicksieDo

          My only problem with him was his lack of true dancing skills, but I found him entertaining and didn’t take it at all seriously.

  • Mary_Shelley

    Beautiful, sure…but she still looks like a little girl trying to be ultra sexy, and it’s a bit disturbing.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

      The baby face with the full parted lips on top of the woman’s body looks a bit disjointed. 

    • Kelsey Albrecht

      Exactly what I was coming to say: she looks like a little girl playing dress up.

    • Little_Olive

      Especially the brick-red lips. They are too much for her -like she’s been playing with her mom’s makeup

  • Heather

    Is she still “dating” Justin Bieber? If so, I predict that will not last too much longer. Girl looks great!!

  • Laylalola

    She’s a beauty. (I wonder what it’s going to be like for her looking back on her Justin Bieber days. It’s embarrassing enough thinking about how crazy I was for Shawn Cassidy and Lief Garrett etc. and I didn’t date them.)

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       To be fair she was never all that crazy for him, I think he was just persistent. He asked her not to wear heels for their concert performances together (before they were dating) because she was already taller than him, and she asked why didn’t he just grow?

      I’ve been paying attention to her for awhile now, she’s a bit of a natural badass.

      • sweetestsith

         Best response possible, I did in fact giggle out loud. Why don’t you just grow? ha!

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       To be fair she was never all that crazy for him, I think he was just persistent. He asked her not to wear heels for their concert performances together (before they were dating) because she was already taller than him, and she asked why didn’t he just grow?

      I’ve been paying attention to her for awhile now, she’s a bit of a natural badass.

  • MilaXX

    Very pretty, for some reason she reminds me of Selena in these pics.

    • Roosevelt 85

      THANK YOU!!! I couldn’t put my finger on it but she looks like Selena in 2012.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    It’s a great attempt, but I’m not sold.  I know she’s of age, but she still looks younger than she is, which throws the whole thing off for me.  

    • foodycatAlicia

      She does have a bit of a baby face still, doesn’t she? Gorgeous, but I think she needs to grow up into these looks.

  • foxy711711

    maybe it’s just me, but she looks a little cross eyed on the cover.  the eye on the right is just a bit too far over…

  • amywinns

    I can’t help myself. I recognize she’s a month away from 20, but I still think she’s too young for these looks. Or looks too young for these looks.

    Damn, now where did I put my dentures??

    • Roosevelt 85

      Yeah, she has a real “kid” quality to her that makes it weird to see her in these dresses.

    • Lisa Dugan

      She still has a baby face, chubby cheeks, etc.  She’s so beautiful but looks very young.  

  • blue

    They could’ve let her smile in at least on picture! 

  • Town

    She has a woman’s body and a 10 year old’s face…when she gets a bit older she will be smashing…

    • Ms. Schmidt

      I agree, her face is still quite round, contributing to the looking-much-younger-than-she-is vibe she has going on above the neck.  It’s not a criticism of her looks, btw, she’s just one of those people who looks much younger than they are because of facial structure. 

    • Rebecca Johnson

      You totally nailed it! I was trying to figure out exactly why these were giving me an icky vibe, since she is older than many starlets who try to pull this stuff off. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    she looks amazing in that even more amazing mesh dress. wow.

  • skitzfiggitous

    She looks really great (esp. the mesh dress), but does she just have the one expression for “serious adult now”?

  • Judy_J

    Her face looks like she’s about 15 years old, but the rest of her body is grown woman.  These photos are sexy without being slutty.  I give her credit for not going down the slutty path.

  • sherrietee

    She looks surprisingly awesome in that chain mail dress.  I wouldn’t have thought so, but she looks damn good.

    • MK03

      Yes. They need to box up that dress and send it to her. It is hers and nobody else’s.

  • shopgirl716

    Love her makeup.

  • Paola Thomas

    Please don’t show these to my sweet little seven year old who is slightly obsessed with her…

  • Elizabeth_10

    On one hand, her very young-looking face is giving these pics a “barely legal” vibe.  Maybe it’s the facial expression?    On the other hand, she is getting to be a grown woman and is entitled to dress like a grown woman.  If that’s how she looks that’s how she looks, you know?   Regardless, she looks lovely and that chain-mail dress is killer.

  • Lina_bee

    Cover shot is great. Joe Zee’s styling is excellent, but the poses?  That last one seems so, so skeevy to me.

  • Anika

    Charlize wore that red dress to the MTV Movie Awards. I wish Selena was standing up so I could get a real comparison. That picture’s weird. But the cover is spectacular.

  • eclare

    Her face is still so childlike that this whole spread kind of creeps me out a little.  Not her fault or anything.  Just my gut reaction.

  • Jennifer Allen

    I think she looks amazing – love the strong brows and lips. I agree with some others reminds me of Cindy Crawford, and this is the least baby-faced I’ve seen her look. 

    LOL at Elle for bolding the Bieber, though. So transparent Elle, so transparent!

  • BazoDee

    I think she looks great in all of them. The shade of red lipstick seems a bit “mature/trying to hard” to me. I’m also pretty sure they upped her boobs in the chain mail dress – that doesn’t match her bikini shots that we see. Sad that they felt they had to do that. 

  • Dani Colman

    It’s funny, she really does have a babyface, but the right lip colour really does show how full her lips are.  Give her a couple of years to grow into her face a little, and I think she’ll have an Adriana Lima type beauty.

  • Jen Alien-Spouse

    That chain mail dress. Crikey.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Gents, please don’t ban me for asking a question that sounds rhetorical but isn’t: I know Mr. Zee styled this but you’re for real signing off on 1) orange-red shoes with a blue-red dress and 2) chain bracelets with chain dress?

    But what do I know; it’s nearly 2:00pm and I’m still in my pajamas.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Well, you know, they didn’t comment on specific details; they just said she looks spectacular. 

  • Candice Richardson

    She reminds me of a young Salma Hayek.

  • Dixie Murphy Ross

    Dear Selena, Please eat a hamburger. Or better yet, an entire cow. When I see this cover I am struck not by how fantastic the dress is (which is a shame, because it’s great), but how nonexistent you are.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       She’s still growing, I know I got another inch in height between 18 and 21. She’ll lose that stretched look soon enough.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Really? I reached my full height at 14! I would have loved an extra inch later on.

        • LesYeuxHiboux

          Well, it runs in my family. We are the skin-and-bones runts smaller then everyone, then we just start growing in early high school and don’t stop until our 20s. I remember reading in my Human Sexuality class that girls who grow tall early tend to be shorter women, because they reach their full height in that growth spurt. The More You Know!

          Guess I can’t really speak for Selena but she does seem to be getting steadily taller and taller.

          • Dixie Murphy Ross

            that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t throw on another thirty pounds – she has plenty of room to rock it and stretch it out!

          • LesYeuxHiboux

            I’d agree with you about a lot of celebs, but she looks healthy to me. I can’t see all of her bones through her skin. There’s nothing inherently wrong about being slim.

          • Dixie Murphy Ross

             No, there’s not, but I have to admit I see something like this and either think “photoshopping” or  “eating disorder.” It may not be fair of me, but I find that’s the case more often than not.

            (Background: I had a friend with bulemia in high school and I felt like an idiot for not noticing at the time, so I may overcompensate now in my adult life. Or, it could flat-out be jealousy. That’s quite possible.)

  • SpcilK

    Goodbye Mouseketeers, Hello Maxim, HFM, and possibly Playboy!

  • marilyn

    She is a beautiful young woman.

  • marilyn

    She is a beautiful young woman.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I think she’s done the “growing up Disney” thing better than most. Just doing it, without making a huge fuss about how adult she is now (or how she “can’t be tamed”). She look gorgeous here, rocking that chainmail dress, thought the Lanvin shot seems incongruous. Kind of an awkward attempt to showcase as much of her body as possible. Those dress and those shoes do not go with that sand. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I think she’s done the “growing up Disney” thing better than most. Just doing it, without making a huge fuss about how adult she is now (or how she “can’t be tamed”). She look gorgeous here, rocking that chainmail dress, thought the Lanvin shot seems incongruous. Kind of an awkward attempt to showcase as much of her body as possible. Those dress and those shoes do not go with that sand. 

  • Rand Ortega

    Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m being an old fuddy duddy, but this over sexualization is too close to Terry Richardson porn territory (“terry-tory”?). I know she’s 18 & trying to break out of her innocent sanitized teen mode, she’s incredibly gorgeous & the fashions are amazing, but the “down to there” neckline & the “Here’s my–” pose in the red dress just makes me squirm uncomfortably.

  • Janet McKay

    Could her head be bigger?  She looks like a Bratz doll.

    • SophieCollier

      They forgot to photoshop it down when they made her into a stick figure.  Seriously, she’s curvy in real life.  Where did her hips go?

  • SophieCollier

    She’s always going to look like a baby to me.  Same problem I have with Macaulay Culkin.  In my mind’s eye, they are stuck in perpetual childhood, so this sort of thing gives me a heart attack.  LOL.  But she does look beautiful.  If only they hadn’t felt the need to photoshop away her natural curves.  She’s got hips, but you’d never know from this photo spread.

    • AnaRoW

       So… you haven’t seen him lately.

      • SophieCollier

        Oh, I have and I can see that he aged, but he still doesn’t look like a “normal” adult.  Hard to explain.

  • Anathema_Device

    She’s my favorite of all those Disney Channel kids. And believe me, I’ve been subjected to many of them over the past 5 or so years. Thank god my daughter is through that phase.

    The cover shot is gorgeous, but the other pics are just so-so to me.

    • Sue_Asponte

      Yes, for those of us who’ve endured a lot of Disney Channel, she is far and away the best of the lot. I have banned a lot of Disney from our house for sheer obnoxiousness, but her show is allowed any time.

  • PastryGoddess

    Girl looks great!  And really everyone should stop and ask themselves everynow and then: WWJZD (What Would Joe Zee Do?)

  • marlie

    She looks great! Not too sexy, age appropriate, not slutty. Just right. There are a couple of starlets who might want to take notice.

  • Marian Humin

    awwww….she used lip filler! She has such naturally pretty lips. Why did she do this?

    • j_anson

      Yes, *that’s* what looked off about her face. I was trying to figure it out. :

  • unbornfawn

    Sorry, she still looks excruciatingly young. Too close to kiddie porn. 

    • Sarah Veenstra

      Agree. The dresses are phenomenal and while she looks great, she still looks young – because she *is*! The cover shot is the only remotely classy one.

  • donkeygospel6

    I’m gay and I still think she’s hotter than her boyfriend. 

    • formerlyAnon

      There are inanimate objects hotter than her boyfriend.

  • Spreecord

    Poor thing, I know what it’s like to wait for your adult face to show up in the mail. I didn’t get mine until I was 29. Of course, my 15 year old face was pretty fucking haggard, so it all evened out in the end.

    Someone please send me that chainmail dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s looking wonderful here. As has been commented upon, her facial features gives it all a slightly off feel – as of a prematurely sexualized young girl – but while that bothers me a little bit, it doesn’t overwhelm how fantastic I think she looks.

  • guest2visits

    So how old is she ? Because she looks really beautiful, and sexy here.
    If she doesn’t make the mistake of wearing the kind of stuff that is strictly for magazine layouts like this, out + about in the real world;
    then she would be exhibiting good judgement skills and maturity.  (although the red dress is fairly tame, even if grown-up looking).

  • Bob Sponge

    I’m sorry. But she’s not ready to move on to the sexy town. She looks like a baby prostitute.

  • Beth Rang

    I really like Selena Gomez, but the way she’s holding her mouth in those photos makes her look like she’s playing a vampire. Or like she just got her braces tightened. Ooh, I remember those days….

  • TieDye64

    She looks beautiful, though she will have the baby face for a while. That cover is killah!

  • Scarlet39

    At first I thought “who the hell would be interested in Selena Gomez”?  But after looking at the pics, I’m now interested and looking forward to this issue.  Mr. Zee did a fabulous job.

  • Aniela Marie Perry

    I don’t know, I find her creepy in a Kenya Michaels kind of way.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    She’s very pretty, and when she matures, she’ll be a very attractive woman.  But for me, she’s still too baby-faced to pull this off.  And not to get all Andrea Dworkin up in here, but I … can’t with the picture in the red dress where she’s all tarted up and on all fours — and looking so baby-faced.

  • Beth G

    She’s so TINY!!!!

  • Warrior89

    Hate the lipstick, but she is gorgeous…

  • Violina23

    She’s still so baby-faced, the 2nd photo looks all wrong. The others look pretty nice though

  • Jess the Chipster

    I think she and Taylor Swift should switch. Swift needs to go through the sexy transition, she’s getting too old for that twee thing. But perpetual baby-face Selena is perfect for it.

  • kikisayshi

    Daaannnggggg, Gina! (or Selena)

  • lordandtaylor

    Hello Miley Cyrus: THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE. OK? Got that now?

  • Ajuna Ariel Fenty

    No bueno. What does she do again? act? sing? what movie is she promoting? does she have an album out??

  • Jenny Stark

    She’s gorgeous, but I’m getting a “Pretty Baby” vibe.  Kinda yucky.