Selena Gomez Rocks Leather For The November Issue Of ‘Flare’: See The Photos
Selena Gomez‘s forthcoming Revival album era is finding the pop starlet at her most confident — thanks to assured singles like “Good For You” and “Same Old Love.” Now, as she did recently with Elle, Selena is reflecting that confidence on the November issue of Flare magazine.
In the Danielle Levitt-photographed editorial, the 23-year-old “Me & The Rhythm” singer rocks edgy looks that prove she is no longer the little tween Disney girl that you once knew. Inside the issue, Selena discusses body-shaming, feeling sexy and the makings of Revival.
Flip through the photo gallery up top, and catch a few interview highlights below.
On taking a different career move: I just signed to Interscope Records. [Gomez recently ended a seven-year contract with Hollywood Records, the pop division of Disney Music Group.] And there was this moment when we were in the studio for a few months, and everyone felt really great about the songs, but I just didn’t feel right—I didn’t think I had found the heart of the album. So I asked if I could executive-produce it, and I didn’t know what they were going to say, but they liked the direction of the music and trusted me. That was a big deal, because they were partnering with me as opposed to trying to mould me or shape me into something. Now that the record’s done, I look at it and I’m excited that it was all me. It was all my choice.
On Revival: “The titles of the songs speak to where I am in my life: One is called “Kill Em With Kindness”; another one is called “Rise,” which is about life, about everything I’ve been through; another one is called “Survivors.” And the album title came out of a moment I had in Mexico. I had taken a few of the producers there because I wanted to remove everybody from their environment in L.A. While we were away, I was getting criticized [by the media] because I had gained weight. I was really bummed when I found out all that stuff was going on, and that’s when I was like, “I’m so tired of feeling like I’m being pulled down by something.” “Revival” is the first song on the album, and the first lines are, “I feel like I’ve awakened—the chains around me are finally breaking.”
On being friends with women in the industry: “I hope it happens more and more! A bunch of women I look up to and admire are supporting one another, and Taylor [Swift] has such a beautiful way of bringing people together. That was good for me, because the more I started working, the more uncomfortable I was. I wouldn’t trust people, and Taylor has a way of stripping down everything and just getting down to being human. I love that.”