Selena Gomez Allure cover

Selena Gomez is in Full Control with Allure Magazine

It’s Spanish Heritage Month, so I’m going to do my best to highlight some of the men and women who are making impact within the Latinx community. First on the docket is the renaissance woman, Selena Gomez. Selena has truly grown up since her days on Disney Channel. In her interview in Allure, Selena touches on her new beauty venture, racial discrimination, and mental health. Photos were taken by Micaiah Carter.

Selena Gomez
Romeo Hunte jacket. The Way We Wore vintage bustier. Michael Schmidt earrings. Makeup colors: Soft Pinch Dewy Liquid Blush in Happy, Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Transform, and Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner by Rare Beauty.

Launching Rare Beauty

 “I had always wanted the name Rare. [The word] has become the identity of my brand and who I want to be, which is showing people that being diverse and different, whatever was happening, I wanted it to feel like you were included.”

"I'm strong in a lot of ways, but I have a sensitive heart."
Fe Noel top and shorts. Lisa Eisner earrings. Sarah Hendler ring. Makeup colors: Always an Optimist Illuminating Primer, Brow Harmony Pencil & Gel in Deep Brown, and With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Thankful by Rare Beauty.

Acting at a young age

“My mom did a lot of theater, and I was just fascinated by her. I was an only child, and very, very dramatic — which I still am to this day. I just loved performing. I think it was just something I felt like I was born to do. My mom let me dress myself for the auditions. I learned the lines by myself. When I was 13, I did the pilot for Wizards of Waverly Place. I moved to L.A. when I was 14. [That] show went for about four and a half years. And I’m still trucking on.”

Selena doesn’t hide her feelings about the urgent need for change in the upcoming election.
Pyer Moss T-shirt. Stella Jean skirt. Michael Schmidt headpiece. Sarah Hendler earrings and rings. Isa Noy choker. Sophie d’Agon, Wolf Circus, Grace Lee, and Harwell Godfrey rings. Makeup colors: Brow Harmony Pencil & Gel in Cool Brown, Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Enlighten, Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Ascend by Rare Beauty.

Disney as her launchpad

“I was extremely blessed to get picked out of Texas and chosen to become a part of one of the biggest machines in the world — it was my high school. I think the female characters on Disney Channel have a lot of strength. And my comedic timing, my improv skills, everything I experienced made me a better actress.”

Selena’s new makeup line, Rare Beauty, is founded on the principle of inclusion.
Romeo Hunte jacket. The Way We Wore vintage bustier. Michael Schmidt earrings. Makeup colors: Soft Pinch Dewy Liquid Blush in Happy, Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Transform, and Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner by Rare Beauty.

Bipolar diagnosis

 “After years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar. I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away.[My mother] was like, ‘The more that you educate yourself on this, the more you’re not going to be afraid.’ I have always had so many different emotions and I didn’t know how to control them quite well. It was complicated. But I think I’m happy to understand it. Once I did find out more about who I was, I was proud. I also felt comfortable knowing that I wasn’t alone, and I was going to get through it. So I will always be passionate about that. It’s something I will continue to talk about.”

Selena Gomez
Laquan Smith dress. Michael Schmidt floral headband. German Kabirski earrings. Makeup colors: Liquid Blush in Grace, Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Enchant, and Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Inspire by Rare Beauty.

Allowing Jelani Cobb, Killer Mike, and Raquel Willis educate through Instagram

“There was so much that I didn’t know. I was so upset with how people were being treated, and having people in my life that have dealt with that for years, telling me stories that they’ve never told me before. That’s why what I did with my social media was extremely important — having all of these different voices share their experiences. I didn’t want to be someone that was going to just post something [or make a] donation.”

Selena did her own makeup for the Allure shoot, with the remote aid of makeup artist Hung Vanngo.
Laquan Smith dress. Michael Schmidt headpiece. German Kabirski earrings. Harwell Godfrey, Grace Lee, and Sophie d’Agon rings. Makeup colors: Soft Pinch Matte Liquid Blush in Grace, Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Enchant, and Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Inspire by Rare Beauty. Malaga Wine by OPI.

Producing Living Undocumented

“It made me mad. I knew I related to that in so many ways. A lot of my family were immigrants, and created lives for themselves here. I’m just once removed from being an [immigrant]. I’m proud of that side of who I am. But seeing what happened [to the families in the documentary], I just felt helpless — completely disgusted and frustrated — and I wanted to do something that would make people uncomfortable, that would force people to watch something that maybe they just don’t want to see, or don’t understand.”

Hoop Dreams
Balenciaga jacket. The Way We Wore vintage bustier. Michael Schmidt earrings. Sarah Hendler, Sophie d’Agon, Wolf Circus, Harwell Godfrey, and Grace Lee rings. Makeup colors: Soft Pinch Matte Liquid Blush in Bliss, Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Mesmerize, and With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Praise by Rare Beauty.