“Everyone handles things differently, and I just think I’m super fortunate to be where I am,” Selena Gomez says.

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

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were honored last night for their philanthropy work by unite4:good.
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.”
Lovato performed her megahit “Skyscraper” as well as “Warrior,” which she said was by inspired by unnamed incident that led to her private struggles.

Thursday, 27, was held at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, the first event Unite4: humanity, created from a partnership between Variety and site Unite4good organization. The Unite4: humanity aims to recognize and reward people and artists who make a difference to the world. Selena, UNICEF ambassador, received the award for Young Humantarian for her work with the entity, directly from the hands of William H. Macy, director and costar of “Rudderless”. Check out over 200 photos in our gallery:

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As previously reported,after spending a few days in Denver, Colorado,Selena returned yesterday afternoon (26) to Los Angeles. On landing at the international airport of the city,she was seen distributing some autographs. Check out the images in our gallery by clicking the thumbnails below:

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The nominees for the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards were revealed on Monday afternoon, and without a doubt, Selena received a nomination. Selena is nominated as Favorite Female Singer against her BFF Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

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.

Candice, one of Radio Disney’s host, announced yesterday this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards categories and nominees! This year Selena is nominated in three categories. Check them out below:

The Bestest – Song of the Year

  • Katy Perry – “Roar”
  • One Direction – “Best Song Ever”
  • Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”

Move! – Best Song to Dance To

  • “Birthday” – Selena Gomez
  • “Dance With Me Tonight” – Olly Murs
  • “Wings” – Little Mix

#Cool – Radio Disney’s Most Talked About Artist

  • @arianagrande
  • @austinmahone
  • @selenagomez

Voting begins February 28 on Disney.com/RDMA

Selena was seen in yesterday afternoon, 20, coming out of an office in Los Angeles. Check out all the photos that have come out so far:


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