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Selena Gomez Biography

Biographies | Selena Gomez March 28, 2021

Selena Gomez is a music artist, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA, on July 22, 1992. She studied and successfully completed her high school education from home. With a mother who was just 16 years old when she was born, Selena Gomez is said to have often been taken care of by her grandparents, in her early years.

Albeit Selena Gomez’s popularity is often associated with her incredible music, it seems, however, that it was her early interest and success as an actress that propelled her into the mainstream of the entertainment industry.

Selena Gomez’s interest in acting is said to have been inspired by her mother who is a former actress herself. It commenced in 2002 at the tender age of 10 after she secured her debut acting role in a television children series called Barney & Friends. In 2004, after featuring in 13 episodes of the series, Selena Gomez was deemed too old for the children show and compelled to quit.

After quitting Barney & Friends, the pace of Serena Gomez’s acting career became rather slow, characterized by mainly small starring roles including guest starring in some television series and films. That continued for almost three years until 2007 when she secured a lead role in a successful Disney Channel television series called Wizards Of Waverly Place (2007 – 2012). The role as Alex Russo in the Emmy Award winning television series was the ultimate milestone in Selena Gomez’s acting career hence a breakthrough into the global acting stage.

The breakthrough took her acting career to a different level beyond the hitherto mainly television shows to key roles in many movies. It also gave her confidence that led to establishment of her own production firm called July Moon Productions, in 2008.

So far, Selena Gomez has starred in the following movies:

  • A Rainy Day In New York (2019)

  • The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

  • The Fundamentals Of Caring (2016)

  • Getaway (2013)

  • Spring Breakers (2012)

  • Monte Carlo (2011)

  • Ramona And Beezus (2010)

  • Wizard Of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)

  • Princess Protection Program (2009)

  • Another Cinderella Story (2008)

As a music artist, we think Selena Gomez’s interest and desire to pursue music career could have begun after she entered the mainstream of global movie acting in 2017 and probably influenced by the success of songs that she contributed for soundtracks of several television series and animated films that followed. Viewed at in this way, Selena Gomez decision to engage in music career could be seeing as deliberate diversification of her entertainment activities, that capitalized on her preceding success in acting.

Notwithstanding, Selena Gomez’s fully fledged engagement in music career could be said to have commenced in 2018 at the age of 16, when she signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and established her own music band called Selena Gomez & The Scene.

Selena Gomez & The Scene released their debut studio album Kiss & Tell in 2009. The album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The band’s second studio album A Year Without Rain was released in 2010. The album performed slightly better on the Billboard 200 album chart than its predecessor, debuting at No. 4.

The band released their third studio album When The Sun Goes Down in 2011. The album’s commercial success is said to have been moderate. The third album was the last by the band. Thereafter, Selena Gomez continued her music career as a solo artist.

Selena Gomez released her solo debut studio album Stars Dance in 2013, with the iconic Come & Get It as its lead single. Although the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart hence becoming Selena Gomez’s first No. 1 album on the famous US album chart, it was not, however, commercially successful, having reportedly sold just over 390 000 copies in the US as of 2015.

After release of the solo debut studio album in 2013, Selena Gomez fired her long-time managers the same year, probably due to the poor commercial performance of the album. Also, she called it quits with Hollywood Records in 2014 and signed with Interscope Records later that year.

With new management team and record label, Selena Gomez released her solo second studio album Revival in 2015. The consisted of Good For You as its lead single, as well as one of her masterpiece sexy singles Hand To Myself. The album also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

For several years after the release of the solo second studio album, Selena Gomez’s activity at the global music scene slowed down considerably. She, however, collaborated with some other artists in some great duet singles like Wolves in 2017 with Marshmello; Taki Taki in 2018 with DJ Snake, Cardi B & Ozuna; and Anxiety in 2019 with Julia Michael; among others.

In 2020 Selena Gomez released her solo third studio album Rare, probably an indication that she would be fully fledged active in music again. The album consists of Selena Gomez’s masterpiece singles Lose You To Love Me, and Look At Her Now, with the former as the album’s lead single. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart hence becoming Selena Gomez’s third consecutive No. 1 album on the famous US album chart.

Rare remains Selena Gomez last studio album so far.

From the preceding sections of this biography, there is no doubt Selena Gomez has contributed immensely to the entertainment industry through starring in numerous big-time movies and television shows while at the same time delivering with her music band and as a solo artist six studio albums. For these milestones as actress and music artist, she has been honored considerably, with over 110 awards and over 330 award nominations.

Some of the awards Selena Gomez has received so far, include among others the following:

  • 18 Teen Choice Awards

  • 11 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

  • 8 Guinness World Records

  • 2 Billboard Women In Music Awards

  • 2 IHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards

  • 1 American Music Award

  • 1 MTV Video Music Award

  • 1 People’s Choice Award

  • 1 iHeartRadio Music Award

In addition to acting and music, Selena Gomez is an entrepreneur to reckon with. Her business ventures include some fashion and beauty ventures, as well as product endorsement and sponsorship.

Selena Gomez’s fashion ventures concern fashion outfits and fashion accessories.

On the one hand, as regards fashion outfits, Selena Gomez in 2010 launched her own fashion line called Dream Out Loud By Selena Gomez that she operated in collaboration with retailer Kmart until 2014.

On the hand, her involvement in fashion accessories has been through her own handbag line called Selena Grace that she launched in 2017 in collaboration with Coach Inc.

Selena Gomez’s beauty ventures entail her own perfume line that has delivered two perfume fragrances so far. The fragrances are Selena Gomez by Selena Gomez and Vivamore by Selena Gomez that were launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The ventures also entail a makeup line called Rare Beauty that was launched in 2020.

Selena Gomez’s debut product endorsement was probably in 2009 when she featured in television commercials for Sear’s back-to-school fashion campaign. After that, several endorsement deals followed, that include the following:

  • Spokesperson for Adidas (2013 – 2015)

  • $3 million endorsement deal with Pantene (2015)

  • Endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton (2016)

  • Endorsement deal with Coca cola (2016)

Also, Selena Gomez is said to have been earning substantially from sponsored posts on Instagram.

As regards philanthropy, Selena Gomez’s interest and commitment are absolutely remarkable. She reportedly began getting involved in philanthropy in 2008 at the age of just 16, by, among others, taking part in fund raising event for St. Jude Children Research Hospital, and participating in a UNICEF campaign for influencing children to get involved in raising funds for helping disadvantaged children. In 2009 at the age of 17, she was appointed UNICEF ambassador and became the youngest holder of the position then.

As a UNICEF ambassador, Selena Gomez has travelled to several countries worldwide to, among others, enhance public awareness about the problems facing disadvantaged children in the world, like lack of: food, healthcare, education, clean water, etc. Countries she has visited for this purpose include Ghana in 2009, Chile in 2011, and Nepal in 2014.

In 2019 she also made a humanitarian visit to Kenya, as a partner of a charity called WE that operates some education projects there.

Overall, Selena Gomez has so far supported over 16 charitable organizations. The latter include the following:


  • Alliance For Children Rights

  • St. Jude Children Research Hospital

  • Make A Wish Foundation

  • A Day Made Better

  • Free The Children

  • Malala Fund

  • Enough Project

  • WE

  • Teen Cancer America

As an individual, Selena Gomez who is stunningly beautiful is by inference intelligent, kind, very empathetic, very hardworking, strategic thinker, independent, strong, friendly, charismatic, and down to earth, among others.

As regards implications of Selena Gomez’s life so far for society, we would like to make two observations as thus.

First, her life has been incredible inspiration to teenagers and young adults worldwide, through illustrating vividly that teenagers and young people can play considerable role in improving the quality of life in society. That could be directly or indirectly.

On the one hand, directly through delivery of some consumer goods related to the entertainment, fashion, and beauty industries like music and movies for streaming, fashion outfits, beauty accessories like perfumes and makeup, etc. Such consumer goods may contribute significantly to the gross domestic product or income and even happiness in society.

On the other hand, indirectly through influencing delivery of social goods like healthcare, education, clean water, clean air, etc. hence positive change in society’s social, economic, and environmental realms.

Second, some important spiritual, moral, and even social justice lessons could be discerned from Selena Gomez’s life. For instance, inferring from some of the utterances reportedly made by herself, one can believe in God and get close to him without been religious. In our view, that is very true because religions are organizations for worshiping God together, and that one does not have to belong to a religion to believe in God. As such, one can believe in God without belonging to a religion and worship God alone. Also inferring from her utterances, human rights apply equally to all mankind irrespective of race, gender, values, lifestyle, and other aspects of society. The utterances seem to portray some sort of philosophical thinking that could have shaped her life, and especially nature of her philanthropy including activism.

With a net worth of $95 million as of April 2023 by Celebrity Net Worth magazine, Selena Gomez has, indeed, excelled as an actress, music artist, and entrepreneur. Furthermore, at the age of only 30, her contribution to society through philanthropy has been irreproachable. Accordingly, there is no doubt, whatsoever, that Selena Gomez is one of the smartest beautiful women in modern time.


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