American singer Selena Gomez stuns on the cover of Vogue magazine US, April 2017 issue.
Photographed under the lens of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Camilla Nickerson.
The 24-year-old posed in Michael Kors floral print bustier top and matching skirt for the cover image.
Cool, candid and courageous, Selena has the world’s most popular account on Instagram—110 million followers and counting. These days the media and fans are crazy about Selena and her new beau The Weeknd.
For the inside interview, Selena talked about Instagram fatigue, good mental health, and stepping back from the limelight.
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Here are the most interesting parts of the inside interview…
On deleting Instagram from her phone: “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”
On seeking help for anxiety and depression: “You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls. Real people who couldn’t give two shits about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
On taking some time off during her Revival World Tour: “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion. I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd raise up their pinkies and make a pinky promise never to allow anybody to make them feel that they weren’t good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s, and I’m looking into their eyes, and I don’t know what to say. I couldn’t say, ‘Everybody, let’s pinky-promise that you’re beautiful!’ It doesn’t work that way, and I know it because I’m dealing with the same shit they’re dealing with. What I wanted to say is that life is so stressful, and I get the desire to just escape it. But I wasn’t figuring my own stuff out, so I felt I had no wisdom to share. And so maybe I thought everybody out there was thinking, This is a waste of time.”