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Selena Gomez has always been an outspoken advocate for mental health, confidence, and finding yourself, but her political activism has always been a bit… lacking.
On Monday, Selena showed just a hint of her politic leanings when she wore her new “We the People” necklace, a $75 design by The Slow Factory, for which 10% of the proceeds go straight to the ACLU. She was spotted wearing the necklace out and about and taking pictures with fans. While we totally applaud her for making a statement, the timing of which does not go unnoticed, we can’t help but think: is it enough?
We know that Selena has never been afraid to share herself with her fans, whether it’s about her struggles with mental health, stress, lupus, or even getting over her ex Justin Bieber. But while peers like Demi Lovato and Gigi Hadid have gotten downright political (Demi spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and Hadid protested the Muslim ban), Selena has stayed mostly quiet.
It’s interesting because you would think that Selena would have a lot at stake, particularly with the administration. Gomez has struggled with numerous health issues over the years and yet said nothing when the GOP threatened to rip away healthcare from millions of Americans. She also comes from Mexican immigrant descent on her father’s side and yet has stayed quiet in the midst of numerous ICE raids.
The only other time we got even an idea of her political leanings was when she wore a “God Bless Nasty Women” jean jacket to the Grammys afterparty. Guess she’s really into her fashion speaking for her?
Now more than ever, our role models need to stand up and say what they believe in. We truly appreciate Selena’s small gesture; we’re just hoping that this is just the first step for her. Selena has a wide reach and big voice, and we hope she learns to use it.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.