Whether you're a Selenator or not, it's undeniable that Selena Gomez is one of today's trendsetters and role models. Aside from growing up with most of today's young adults with her Disney history and previously holding the crown as the most followed person on Instagram, her story of conquering mental health issues and lupus while still serving us music and movies has been an inspiration to most. And while we still can't believe that she's already turned 27 — she has such a baby face — we're celebrating the occasion by giving you facts and trivia you might not know about the Kill 'Em With Kindness singer.
She's a Barney baby
Since throwback trends are so in these days, we figured that starting off with Selena's origins in acting is the best way to look back at her career. She and her co-Disney alum Demi Lovato became BFFs when they were kids on the set of Barney and Friends and it seems like even then, S.G. knows how to strut her stuff. She once shared that her experience on the set made her eager to pursue a career in performing.
She guest-starred in Hannah Montana prior to her own Disney fame
Everyone seems to forget that before Selena even scored her Wizards of Waverly Place gig that launched her Disney fame, she was first and foremost Hannah Montana's archrival Mikayla. That's right! Miley Cyrus shared the stage with Selena Gomez where the latter even had to lip-sync in the guesting stint — maybe Disney execs still didn't know Selena could sing at the time.
She debuted her music career with a band
A year after the WOWP success, Selena's music career took off not as a solo artist but as a vocalist to the band Selena Gomez & The Scene. Bringing us hits like Love You Like A Love Song and Hit The Lights, Selena's own style definitely shone through beyond her famed Disney character as she channelled bold hair and makeup, as well as a more metallic grunge aesthetic in most of her music videos.
She also favoured sexier pieces like deep-V necklines, a lot of tube dresses and tops and poofy tulle skirts matched with boots, which, at the time, can be deemed provocative. Still, her baby face and clean rep off-screen seemed to have saved her graces more so than when fellow Disney teen stars like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens took the edgier route to inch away from their Disney careers.
She loved using filters and glare edits on her earliest Instagram posts
After her hit Disney series ended in 2012, Selena fully committed to going on tour for her music as a solo artist. In 2013, she started documenting her tour adventures via Instagram — a platform she will later on (until present time) dominate. Unless you're someone patient enough to scroll through her entire Instagram history, here's a fun bit: just like all of us, Selena had her fair share of filtered snaps on the platform. Her earliest posts consist of heavily filtered and retrofied shots that feature her adventures breaking free from her Disney identity.
She has a thing for minimalist tattoos
For someone who loves to show a lot of skin, it's quite interesting to note that Selena actually has 10 known tattoos to date even if we rarely see them. This is because aside from her preference for minimalist designs, she's also quite strategic in where she puts them. Some of her most notable tats include a semi-colon on the side of her wrist, her initials behind her ear, and the number '4' on her elbow which she got to match her BFFs.
Her most iconic looks stood the test of time
Looking back, it seems like Selena never really had an awkward style phase. Her choices in both beauty and fashion definitely stood the test of time, if not improved, with her preference for timeless colours and foolproof makeup techniques. She's also one of the few former Disney stars who's style never really went through an overhaul, whether it be in hair colour, wardrobe staples or choice of footwear.
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