Selena Gomez: “Let’s Change The Game By Being Kind & Inspiring Each Other”

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Popstar and actress Selena Gomez is an awesome young woman. At 21 years old she has been in the public eye since she was 10, and of course has gone on to have a pretty stellar TV and music career with a huge helping hand from Disney. The former star of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ has had a bit of a rough few years, especially as her relationship with Justin Bieber has been played out in the press at every moment.

But we’re not here to talk about the tabloid gossip that you can find on any other website, we’re here to give her props for admitting her failures and acknowledging she wants to encourage and inspire her fans by being real.

She gave a speech at the 8th annual We Day Conference in Oakland, California recently which showed her maturity, her humannes, and her ability to see the power of youth.

We Day started in 2007 in Canada and is an annual event which aims to empower the next generation of world-changers by having various celebrities come and reach out in a way that is more meaningful and impactful than, say, the MTV awards.

This year’s lineup included Gomez, comedian Seth Rogen, boxing champ Laila Ali, Orlando Bloom, Basketball legend Magic Johnson and skate proigy Nyjah Huston.

While a lot of these celebrities are associated with various non-profits and charities, Selena Gomez easily admitted she is not one of those people, but it is her personal story of never giving up during the hard times that sets her apart from other young females in Hollywood.

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“I am not an activist. I haven’t changed the world or led a campaign. I’m here to just tell you my path so that you can hopefully take something away from it because I don’t like being honest with press and interviews. I like being honest with you directly,” she started out.

She goes on to give props to her mom, who had Selena when she was only 16, and moved from Texas to give her daughter more opportunities. “To me she is the definition of a strong woman,” says Selena.

Selena spoke about the pressures she received from Hollywood from such a young age, which we can imagine has a big effect on a girl’s self esteem so props to her for still sticking around!

“When I was 11 I had a casting director tell me I wasn’t strong enough to carry my own show. And I’m sure all of you have been told you haven’t got what it takes or that you may not be good enough…and it does more than knock the wind out of you but it crushes you,” she said.

Selena candidly admits she has people in her close circle around her who haven’t been the best influence, and she feels they pressure her sometimes.

“There’s so much pressure, you gotta be sexy, you gotta be cute, you gotta be nice you gotta be all these things…until recently I gave into this pressure and lost sight of who I was. I tried to change who I am because I thought others would accept me more,” she said while starting to tear up on stage.

“Then I realized I don’t know how to be anything but myself…The most important thing we can learn is to stay true to ourselves,” she said.

Selena was honest enough to say she is learning from her mistakes which is an important message for the millions of young women who look up to her. She finishes up by giving the audience some solid advice on how we should treat each other.

“We should inspire each other to be better…just be kind to each other and love and inspire people, and change the game,” she said toward the end of her speech.

We applaud her for being brave and honest, and also using every bad experience in her life as a way to learn to be better. That is a universal theme which we all can relate to.

11 Comments

  1. cheryldelp says:

    Sad that more of the young stars aren’t down to earth like she is. Miley and Justin are two that come to mind right away. I give her Mom an A+ for giving her the foundation and example to come back and be her true self!

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