Selena Gomez is Confident for Seventeen March 2014
The "Slow Down" hitmaker looked perfect in designer duds from Elizabeth and James and H&M for the the Ben Watts-shot spread while she reflected on her 2013 and revealed her true feelings for the "Royals" songstress Lorde.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Gomez's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Seventeen!
On her past year of success:
"This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. Even though my show was picked up, it seems like I was putting in so much work and seeing no results. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrong. I started becoming very stale with my music and I realized that I was doing things for other people. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to pick up everything - I needed to have 'Come & Get it' be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I was tired of feeling defeated. All this time, I was so pissed trying to figure out why I felt like such an underdog, and I finally realized I just wasn't ready. I'm glad it's taken me this long to get where I am because now I'm ready for it."
"You can't be afraid of what people are going to say, because you're never going to make everyone happy. Girls are scared of saying what they want. So when you don't like something, you have to say it. Demi taught me that. Just saying it out loud is the first step to taking away the fear. It took me a long time to be able to say what I wanted - even with my parents. I tried to beat around the bush, but I realized if I just said what I was thinking, I would feel so much better. It's not easy, but there's a way to do it. Simply say, 'No, this doesn't feel right,' as opposed to doing it aggressively."
On supporting her friends:
"I love my girl friends more than I've loved any of my boyfriend because they have supported me, loved me, and always stood by my side. Some girls will drop you in five seconds for the right guy. That's not how it's supposed to be. That's why I love Demi and Taylor [Swift] - they support females and love to have that empowerment! I wish girls would stop hurting each other. it's all competitive - through fashion, best friends, and boys, boys, boys! My wish is that girls would love girls more."
"I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, 'She doesn't like me, but Lorde.' I'm going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she's doing great things. I've never met her, but she's extremely talented, and she has a voice that she likes to use, and I think that's great. Some day I will see her and we'll be cool."
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