Although the hit Disney show “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and an uber-successful foray into music have made Gomez a celebrity, the starlet’s true passion lies with her work for Unicef. She got involved with the humanitarian group when she was 17 and continues to serve the group as an ambassador.
“Ultimately the goal is just to use what I have,” Gomez says. “I have a platform and I’m very, very blessed to do what I love to do every day. The first step is using your voice. I want to be able to influence people my age, younger, older. I want to educate people.”
Gomez hopes that her involvement with Unicef, which garnered her the Young Humanitarian Award at Unite4:Humanity, will ultimately spread awareness of different causes.
“We encourage people to understand that we’re not just in this tiny bubble,” Gomez says.
“There’s a lot of other things going on in the world. It just kind of put things in perspective and hopefully we’ll be able to change that.”
One of Gomez’s favorite parts about traveling for Unicef is the getting to see the world through the eyes of the people she meets. “They have a different way of viewing life, and it just kind of takes you to this whole other place and makes you step back and look at your life,” Gomez says. “It’s just the greatest feeling.”— Francesca Bacardi
And it was Gomez who got choked up a bit when she acknowledged Lovato in her acceptance speech after being presented with the Young Visionary Award by her Rudderless director and costar William H. Macy.
“I’m thankful for you. You inspire me everyday,” the former Wizards of Waverly Place starlet said of her longtime friend. “I hope together we can inspire people to focus on what’s really important.”
Macy praised Gomez’s involvement with UNICEF. “Selena has maturity and grace, she’s been working for UNICEF for almost five years, which is epic time in teeange years,” Macy said. “She’s raised a lot of money and awareness. Selena is the real deal.”
Lovato told the crowd of about 600 about celebrating her 21st birthday on a humanitarian trip to Africa. “I was struggling a lot with personal issues,” she said. “I had to celebrate differently than a lot of other people. It was better than poisoning myself for a good night out.”
The awards ceremony, which will have as a presenter, actor Mark Wahlberg, will be held on March 29, at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center and will be broadcast live on Nickelodeon, at 8pm.
Click here to vote directly on Nickelodean’s page. You must vote in all the categories (Favorite Female Singer is the 17th category).
Voting via Twitter: To vote for Selena in the category “ Favorite Female Singer,” just use the hashtags # VoteSelena # KCA. Each tweet containing the hashtags is counted as a vote.
Voting begins February 28 on Disney.com/RDMA
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, Bieber and Gomez are pop music megastars who recently decided to get back together as boyfriend and girlfriend.
Courtney Clark, 17, and her sister Melissa Clark, 15, were driving in the Seascape neighborhood of Aptos Monday when they saw someone wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and big dark sunglasses, even though it was 10 p.m. at night. He was walking with a beautiful blonde woman.
When Bieber and Gomez realized two fans had just recognized them despite their disguises, they ran into the Seascape Beach Resort laughing. Gomez lost her blonde wig while running, revealing her long dark hair, fans said.
“Good to be on the first break in a while. Spending some quality time with family,” he wrote on Twitter.
Bieber uploaded a video on Instagram showing his dad suffering a Segway wipeout in the park. Although it was only five seconds long, the video racked up half a million Instagram “likes.”
Gomez, whose hit songs include “Come & Get It” and “Slow Down,” unexpectedly canceled her upcoming tours in Asian and Australia, saying she needed to spend time with herself.
“It has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be,” Gomez said.
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All a girl needs — good friends and Mexican food. Selena Gomez got both on Jan. 3 when she hit up Tequilas Restaurant in Van Nuys, Calif. along with her BFF, Demi Lovato.
In a picture posted by a fan, Demi and Selena are posing for a pic, still looking beautiful in casual outfits and minimal makeup. And though the restaurant is named after it, it doesn’t appear that the two singers were indulging in any tequila.
Though it’s also possible that Demi was giving Selena a little romantic advice. On the same night the two friends were out for Mexican, Justin Bieber uploaded a photo of himself and Selena cuddling and looking totally in love.
“Love the way you look at me,” Justin captioned his Instagram pic. The photo came just two days after Justin and Selena were spotted riding Segways together in his neighborhood, and served as confirmation that the on-again, off-again couple had reunited yet again
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The 21-year-old released a statement last week, vowing to “spend time” on herself and Popdust can exclusively report she has done so to deal with health issues related to Lupus.
Sources close to the singer tell Popdust that Selena was diagnosed with Lupus a couple of years ago and that she has suffered multiple “flares” recently, causing facial swelling, extreme fatigue, headaches and joint pain.
“Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her Lupus is really catching up with her right now,” one source says.
“She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better if she wants to live a full and healthy life.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissues, causing inflammation and tissue damage. It commonly shows as a red rash on the face and causes joint pain, damage to organs and the nervous system, fatigue, fever, headaches and temporary loss of cognitive skills.
It’s more prevalent in African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women, age 15-35, and affects sufferers intermittently, with periods of illness alternating with remissions—Lupus sufferers often try to keep out of direct sunlight as sunshine can exacerbate the disease.
It is incurable but treatable with 80-90 percent of sufferers expecting to live a normal lifespan.
Selena’s rep declined to comment despite multiple requests.
To find out more about the disease and to donate towards research go to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Posted on December 29th, 2013 by Ann in News with Comments Off