Selena Gomez has matured considerably in the past few years, musically and personally. She’s showing the latter with the cover to her new album, Revival, which depicts her sitting cross-legged in just a pair of shorts.
While too many people will pass something like this off as salacious, women often pose topless (or totally nude) to reclaim their bodies, which society will always find a reason to criticize. Selena says this is exactly what she’s doing, after being body shamed earlier this year.
“I’ve never experienced that before because I don’t care about that stuff, but I did start gaining weight, and I didn’t really mind it,” Selena said during a Power 106 interview. “I enjoyed it. I didn’t mind it.”
What Selena is probably referring to is a photo of her in a swimsuit that she posted on Instagram, making its way around gossip sites that criticized her body, motivating the people reading those articles to do the same.
“Man, it hurt. That was really hurtful,” she said. “Because I’ve experienced people who have tried to control that kind of stuff before, and I think that I didn’t care.”
Instead of wearing more clothes to cover up her body or heading straight for the gym because of those comments, she chose to embrace her new curves even more. She’s sending an important message to her fans—if you’re happy and healthy, who cares what anyone else thinks about your body?
It looks like we can expect even bigger things from this even more confident version of Selena. By the way, we think she looks great.