Selena Gomez Covers ‘Nylon’ Magazine

Selena Gomez has been crowned Nylon magazine‘s February 2013 cover girl. If the release of Sel’s Spring Breakers trailer wasn’t enough to help shake her old Disney image, the pop star’s wardrobe and painfully hip attitude for the shoot should do it. For the cover, the newly single singer works a woven Jeremy Scott-designed basketball jersey over a bikini top. While the spread has Selena sporting everything from a shorts and detailed cardigan combo to a white denim jacket paired with gray sweatpants. (Side note: Selena, if you could show us how you managed to make sweatpants look hot we would be forever indebted to you.) Below, the pop star explains how she landed the grimy Spring Breakers role.

“It was my first audition in years,” Selena explained. “I definitely felt that with my first stepping-out role, I should choose something that I could understand a little more. I was really nervous, but Harmony took a chance with me. He said, ‘You live in this bubble, and I’m going to take you out of it, but you have to trust me.'”

And what did director Harmony Korin have to say about working with the 20-year-old songbird? “You hear about young starlets being so problematic, but Selena’s really together,” Harmony told Nylon. “She has a very strong work ethic, and she was really willing to experiment and play. She was very much into trying to invent her future.” What a compliment. You go, Sel!

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