Selena Gomez for Nylon Magazine

Posted on January 18, 2013

Y’know… without getting all grumpy and moralistic about it, we’ll just say we feel bad sometimes about the things young female stars are expected to do.


Selena Gomez covers the February 2013 issue of Nylon magazine photographed by Marvin Scott Jarrett.


Don’t get us wrong. It’s not skanky or anything – and we’re not talking about a highly accomplished actress here, but this just feels so … downscale, y’know? Ironically and with a wink, to be sure, but still.  She looks like a backup singer in a music video.

Justin Bieber will never be asked to pose for a magazine cover looking like this. You can bank on that.


On auditioning to Spring Breakers:
“It was my first audition in years. I definitely felt that with my first stepping-out role, I should choose something that I could understand a little more. I was really nervous, but Harmony took a chance with me. He said, ‘You live in this bubble, and I’m going to take you out of it, but you have to trust me.'”

On her everyday life:
“I’m having fun. At the end of the day, love is such a normal thing, and everyone deals with it. Just because it’s a different lifestyle doesn’t change the meaning of what I’ve been raised on, which is fairy tales.”

On her relationship with Taylor Swift:
“We both experienced the same things at the same time. But we’ve never once talked about our industry. She just became the person I’d go to for an issue with my family or boyfriend. It’s so hard to trust girls, so I’m lucky to have her.”


To be fair, it’s all standard hipster cute on the inside:





[Photo Credit: Marvin Scott Jarrett for Nylon Magazine]

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  • emily

    Enh. I feel like she’s never going to grow out of that cute phase no matter what she wears or how she poses.

    • H3ff

      I was just thinking the opposite. She DOES seem to be growing out of girlhood. Girl isn’t such a lollipop anymore.

      • emily

         I just think she still has the round/heart face and that’s not going to change. I’d do damn near anything to look the way I did at 20 (or however old she is now).

    • formerlyAnon

       Hers is a tad less pronounced, but she has a “sweetheart” face similar to Valerie Bertinelli. She’ll be blessed/burdened with that young cute vibe right up until she’s middle-aged.

  • A. W.

    Is that what hipster is today? I live in Wicker Park, the hipster capital of the midwest, and it’s a whole lot of half-shaved heads, lumberjack shirts, and bespiked booties.

    • emily

       Apparently. In the bottom photo she appears to be wearing pajamas (or at least sweats with a coordinating top) with a jacket over them. Granted I live in San Francisco where hipster has many, many, many looks, this isn’t hipster that I can relate to.

      • Carly Warnock

        Agreed. This is Hollywood hipster which is kind of bland hipster. In Ottawa hipster is all studded jean jackets and wool socks and ankle booties and thick framed glasses and giant parkas (at the moment). 

    • heartbot

      I live in Portland, which is some sort of hipster Mecca. I know zero hipsters who look like this.

      • PaulaBerman

         Hipsters look to me like over-styled neo-grunge. This doesn’t look hipsterish to me either. It looks like teen-wear to me.

    • MK03

      Denver hipsters kind of dress like this. Just swap the shorts out for drainpipe jeans. Though I haven’t seen anyone in a basket-weave basketball jersey, thank God.

  • charlotte

    She’s taking her issues to Taylor Swift? Good heavens!
    And she looks so much better in Linda Ronstadt clothes.

    • DeborahJozayt

      If Taylor makes a song about Selena’s love troubles, and the song makes millions of dollars for Taylor, do you think that’d cause a rift in their friendship? The complicated lives of celebrities. 

      • charlotte

         Ha, and Selena’s revenge will be hitting on Michael J.Fox’s son and/or young Kennedys.
        Their reconciliation: a People cover story with big bucks for both. Problem solved!

      • ankali

        This made me laugh b/c it sounded a little like a word problem: “If Taylor makes a song about Selena’s love troubles, and the song makes a million dollars for Taylor, and the million dollars are traveling at 60 mph, but Selena is traveling at 30 mph, at what time does Selena wig out that she’s on the cover of Nylon while Taylor is covering Vogue?”

        • Karen Maslowski

           The answer, of course, is purple.

  • MilaXX

    Let’s not forget the obligatory “bad girl” movie role to break out of their Disney kid mold.

  • LinXGUA

    Cover photo: Augh who wears that?!
    Photos inside: 9 year old Selena Gomez.

  • foodycatAlicia

    What’s wrong with grumpy and moralistic? You’ve got a young woman who is styled to look like Punky Brewster in the inside pics flashing a pretty erotic slice of skin on the cover. That is such a weird juxtaposition.

    • Gabriella M

      I love me some Punky. 

  • Kristina Toma

    Is…is that a macrame sports jersey? 

    • MK03

      It looks like one of those potholder crafts they have kids do in day camp.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Just when she was starting to appear more grown up, she does this. I am sad for her. 

  • j_anson

    Honestly, thank, TLo. You guys are exactly right. This stuff wouldn’t really bug me if the guystars had to do it too.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Let’s be honest. I”m sure half of this Justin Beiber owns. 

      • MK03

        She probably stole the jersey from his closet…

      • Little_Olive

        Macrame jacket included

    • ALT19

      I think Bieber might wear something like in real life…

      • Meg P. W.

        He might, but no one would ask him to wear that woven macrame-ish sports jersey sans pants on a magazine cover.

        • ALT19

          And therein lies the paradox… :)

  • decormaven

    Aww, street cred “realness” for the cover. She’s ready for the remake of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.

    • alice20c

      If they remake that movie, it should be with 40-something stars. Dave Chappelle and Paul Rudd. It could be a spin-off of the Hot Tub Time Machine franchise.

  • Whever

    “It’s so hard to trust girls”? Ugh.

    • zuzu

       Yeah, she lost me there.

    • Sobaika

      Neither is her girl Taylor Swift, to be frank.

      But I probably said some stuff like that when I was 14, so I’m hoping we can all just agree to not take a Disney star’s view on gender/sexuality/what-have-you too seriously.

      • Whever

        Still, she’s 20, not 14. And she has a lot of younger followers- encouraging the girl vs. girl mindset isn’t a very responsible thing for someone in the public eye to do.

      • SassieCassy

        ickk i cant believe she said that. part of a million reasons i will teach my kids not to look up to pop stars as role models.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I also hate it when girls say “I prefer guys as friends cuz they’re not catty like me!” when you KNOW those same boys are gonna say behind her back “she’s being a bitch” on a bad day.

      • Whever

        Oh, internalized misogyny. You’re so much fun.

        • DeborahJozayt

          Please don’t think I’m a misogynist. That wasn’t my intent. 

          • Whever

            Oh, gosh no! Sorry, I worded it ambiguously- I was speaking to internalized misogyny, not you. Bah, cyberlanguage. It’s the enemy of sarcasm.

          • DeborahJozayt

            Phew! It’s all good! Have a good day!

          • sekushinonyanko

             I think the girls that say that they hate girls are the ones with internalized misogyny.

    • starrika

       It’s so sad that I know this, but I think she was alluding specifically to her fallout with Demi Lovato here. If I recall correctly, she and Demi were very close, and Demi treated her poorly, which was all made public-ish?

      • ankali

         Well, that’s understandable then. If you can’t trust the girl that everyone over the age of 15 is shocked to learn isn’t you, and that in fact you and that girl are completely separate entities, no really, then what girl can you trust?

        • starrika

           No, it’s a stupid statement, and if it was a blanket statement rather than a poorly done dig, it’s even more stupid. Just throwing it out there that I interpreted it as a veiled dig against Demi.

          • ankali

             I wasn’t being snarky at you! I was being snarky at the starlet! It was snark-let, if you will.

          • starrika

             Haha, ok! I thought you might be, but then I wasn’t sure, and then I realized my statement could be taken as a defense of what she said and thought I should clarify, just in case.

    • fursa_saida

      Right? As soon as I saw that I jumped straight to “UGH GO HOME.”

    • Vera

      I hated that remark too. I have always trusted my female friends.

    • Anathema_Device

      I agree. Although, I have to believe that being part of the Hollywood & Disney machine could leave a person with trust issues. Teenagers+Ambition+Money must equal ugliness I can’t begin to imagine.

  • Annabelle Archer

    She’s going to have a hard time finding her way into more mature/serious roles.  Shame, because she is a stunner.  

    ***Bonus points for having  a pic where she demonstrated the ability to pose with her mouth closed.  That puts her ahead of her pack.***

    • foodycatAlicia

       On the other hand, she’ll be in her early 30s and still making money playing teens.

  • heartbot

    Justin Bieber may never be asked to pose looking like this on the cover of a magazine, but it’s worth noting he goes out looking equally if not more ridiculous than this all the time. Perfect example:

  • Gabriella M

    “It’s so hard to trust girls, so I’m lucky to have her.” Anyone want to place bets on how soon Taylor Swift lays her sights on Bieber and their publicists have to figure out a new storyline?
    Maybe I’m just projecting.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Possibly. But I reckon Taylor is a girl who likes sex. Playing meccano with Bieber isn’t going to cut it for long enough to be worth a song.

      • Gabriella M

        Eh I don’t buy any of these Disney teens who claim to be abstinent. I assume they’ll come out with tell-all books as soon as their fame starts to wane about how it was all an act and how they were banging everyone. 

        • foodycatAlicia

           I just CANNOT look at that boy and think of him as a sexual being.

    • PaulaBerman

       Taylor Swift seems to enjoy MEN, whereas the Biebs is clearly still a boy. I doubt they will hook up.

  • IrmaLaDuce

    There has to be a happy medium between whatever this is and the 45 year old man-eater look she likes to bring to the red carpet.

    Also, I think the Bieber analogy falls a little flat since he regularly dresses like a jackass. I mean, where else would she wear that cover getup but on a play date with this boy:

  • Imasewsure

    Hate the cover but I love the other two shots…. nailed that slightly bored, slightly haughty CA teenage look but she still manages to show off the clothes. I think she’s cute without being the least bit annoying. Nice to know Tay Tay has a good side too.

  • Sara Munoz Munoz

    Harmony? Is she doing a movie with Harmony Korine? Oh jesus girl, you really DO want to change your image… Well, he gave Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson their start, so maybe she will fare well.

    • ankali

      Oof. Maybe. I could also see her career going the Elizabeth Berkeley post-Showgirls route. It would be so much wiser for her to team up with a less provocative but still thoughtful & edgy-ish director. I’m thinking a Brick-for-Joseph-Gordon-Levitt or Rachel-Getting-Married-for Anne-Hathaway kind of move.

  • RebeccaKW

    I kind of love that floral jacket in the 2nd pic, but I wish we could see more of it.   That basket-weave jersey is hysterical.  And fugly.

  • Danielle Lisle

    I’m pretty sure she borrowed the jersey from the cover from Biebs.

  • Whitney Houston

    expect more of this…she has an image to promote for that new movie…which I can NOT wait to see (james franco aside)

  • frannyprof

    I. hate. this. so much.

  • Alison Sigman

    Bieber might look better in that top than she does…..

  • PrunellaV

    Justin Bieber will never be asked to pose for a magazine cover looking like this. You can bank on that.

    What? He already looks like this.

    • Tom and Lorenzo


      • PaulaBerman

         If you can arrange that, everyone involved could make a lot of money.

      • PrunellaV

        Ahh… point taken.

  • quiltrx

    Her hair in the first inside pic is magical.  If I had THAT hair, I would wear it long forever.

  • siriuslover

    I saw pictures of the set of that movie, and the cover photo here looks like something she wears in a few scenes, so maybe they were riffing on that. Still though, you’d think they could have taken it up a level and produce a sleek, sophisticated cover.

  • fursa_saida

    “It’s so hard to trust girls”? UGH GOODBYE.

  • Tom and Lorenzo

     He’s wearing pants.

    • NoGovernmentName

       Is she supposed to be wearing a bikini, with that stupid top as a beach coverup? It looks that way to me. There are women on the covers of magazines in bikinis all the time, covered up far less than Selena is. They do often look exploitative/tacky, as this cover does, but society seems to accept that women wear tiny bikinis in public and men wear shorts that cover from their navel to their knees. The equivalent would be Bieber in a banana hammock. Googling… Pardon the horror of this photo, but such a thing does exist, apparently:

  • PaulaBerman

    She looks like a baby to me. She has childish features, which makes it impossible for me to see her as sexy in any way. This looks tacky to me. 

  • emily

     She looks slightly different but I think that’s because of styling. I think part of Selena’s problem is growing up Disney. It’s hard to shake the image. Same with Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron. I mean, I really can’t take Zac Efron seriously, I don’t care how great his abs are.

  • librarygrrl64

    “It’s just so had to trust girls.” How sad. I wish that would stop being perpetuated.

  • glennethph

    I’m glad that even while she’s friends with that teen black widow Taylor Swift, she’s somewhat even-keeled about things.

  • Cristina Marie

    Love the inside shots. They feel very in line with NYLON’s hipster-ness, but that cover feels so awkward. Aside from the shot itself, it just doesn’t feel like NYLON at all.

  • Pterodactyl111

    She looks like a drunk college student in the cover shot. 

  • xmixiex

    “I’m having fun. At the end of the day, love is such a normal thing, and everyone deals with it. Just because it’s a different lifestyle doesn’t change the meaning of what I’ve been raised on, which is fairy tales.”

    wtf does that even mean?

  • drdirection

    Jen Aniston had a rounder face until her mid-late thirties

  • maybakes

    “it’s so hard to trust girls”

    when your experience with trustworthy girls is TSwift, I can understand having this perspective