In a lengthy interview for The Business of Fashion, Selena Gomez gets grilled for information about what Millennials want from the fashion industry. To make sure Selena’s opinions are credible, readers are often reminded of just how relatable Selena is.
After calling Selena “the everywoman of her generation” because of her break-up with Justin Bieber, interviewer Imran Amed led off with a question everyone wants to know the answer to: what’s wrong with Millennials?
“The biggest challenge is separating what you see on your phone from what is your life,” Selena replied. “A lot of young girls are getting involved with things that I didn’t even know about, quicker. There are 13-year-olds who look like they’re 25, and I was still wearing pigtails and running around like playing with dolls with my girlfriends and maybe listening to Jesse McCartney on a CD player.”
But is Selena sure that 13-year-old girls–or Millennials as a whole–are really the problem? The Queen of Instagram doesn’t seem to think she’s really that different from the rest of what Imran keeps calling Generation Z. Just like so many other in the desirable demographic of people aged 18 to 29, Selena loves her phone.
“I’ve always wanted to connect with people everywhere,” Selena explained. Touring used to be the only way, but Selena’s phone changed the way she connects: “Now I can through this weird device, which is great.”
Selena has made her phone sound like a major contributing factor to her massive break from the spotlight in the middle of her tour last year. But apparently even the throngs of smiling fans weren’t enough to convince her that her career was worthwhile at times.
“I stopped and then I continued, because I realized that I needed to challenge myself,” Selena reavealed. “Do I really love this? Is this worth it anymore? I would look at my crowd on tour and think, ‘Yes, this is worth it, right?’ But then I would look at myself in the mirror and I just felt like ‘I’ve had enough, I don’t know if I can go on anymore’”
“I stopped it for a second,” Selena continued. “But it didn’t mean that I didn’t love it, I just had to find what I was going to do with it. As long as I’m healthy and happy in my mind, I’m all about it.” Selena doesn’t blame her fame for the struggles she has. She actually thinks she’d deal with the same problems regardless of her career.
“I think I would have all of the same issues,” Selena said when asked about whether or not exposure makes her life worth. “I think mine are amplified just a little bit only because of the public aspect, but I do think they’re very similar.” After letting Selena set herself up as such a compelling Millennial, Imran grills her for ideas about how to sell to her generation.
“There’s more freedom in expression,” Selena told her. “not just through social media, but through fashion, and the ability to say things and be vocal about how you’re feeling, maybe your sexuality or your personality.”
“I think a lot of people show the highlights of their life,” Selena offered, explaining how Millennials prefer experiences. “I’m sitting there saying, ‘I would love to go do that! Having sushi on some island somewhere that’s fresh and right in front of you!'” She went on to explain how the experience of her favorite handbag means she doesn’t mind that it’s not from Coach.
“It wasn’t because it was a Chanel bag, it’s because of where it came from and what it meant,” she explained. “So I wear it so proudly, and I feel cute when I have it on. I feel like, ‘I love this!’ it makes me so happy. It literally just happened so all my friends are laughing because every time I have it on, I feel a certain way. And that to me is an experience.”
The article ends with this advice for fashion industry insiders: “Gomez broke the Hollywood pop-star formula with her openness and authenticity, striking a chord with millions of young people in the process. Perhaps it’s time for fashion to do the same.”
Read the piece in its entirety here. Check out Selena’s cover for The Business of Fashion below. Selena is one of four cover stars alongside models Adwoa Aboah, Lily-Rose Depp and Kris Wu.
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