“Strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a façade. I think strength is being vulnerable.”
At only 25 years old, actress and singer Selena Gomez is one of the women featured on the cover of Time magazine for their special multimedia project, Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World.
With a total of 46 incredibly talented women featured, including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Issa Rae, Time emphasizes the purpose of this project.
“Our goal with ‘Firsts’ is for every women and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb,” wrote Nancy Gibbs, Editor in Chief of Time, in her Letter from the Editor.
Given the title of ‘The Tastemaker’ in the project is Selena Gomez, who is officially the first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram. With such a huge presence in social media, Gomez admits, “It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else.” However, there is also an uplifting side to social media that she touches on.
“I hope my fans learn that who they are is beautiful,” she says in the interview with Time. “How they can connect with people by sharing what they’re feeling. It’s very personal to me.” So for Gomez, this milestone isn’t just about the number of likes she gets for every picture, but about the genuine connection she is able to make with her fans.
This is what Selena Gomez had to say in response to her feature in Time’s ‘First: Women Who Are Changing the World.’
Also featured in this special project is legendary actor, dancer and singer Rita Moreno.
Rita Moreno is featured in Time’s magazine as ‘The Actor.’ She is recognized for being the very first Latina to get an EGOT, meaning she has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. That helped pave the way for future Latina actors. However, the road to success in the world of entertainment was not easy for Moreno as a woman of color.
“I was only seen in one way and having to speak always, always with an accent,” she tells Time. “I couldn’t even audition for anything that wasn’t for a native girl. And native girls in movies those days had no education whatsoever.”
It wasn’t until Moreno was cast in the musical “West Side Story” that she finally found herself a role model in the world of entertainment.
“‘West Side Story’ changed my life. Anita had size, presence and dignity, and she became my role model. It took that long for me to find a role model,” she tells Time. Listen to Moreno further touch on this subject in the full interview here.