2017 Women of the Year: Selena Gomez as a Recovery Warrior, Style Icon, and More

I’m calling it now: 2017 was the year of Selena Gomez.

Not only did she blow us away with her music and style evolution, but she cemented her place as an inspiration for young women everywhere.

So for our first year in review post, we’re going to focus on Selena and all her amazing accomplishments.

Bad Liar, Fetish, and More

Selena’s music has only gotten better and better over time and this year’s releases did not disappoint. Although we’re still waiting for Selena’s next album to drop, her singles “Bad Liar“, “Fetish”, “Wolves“, and her collab with Kygo “It Ain’t Me” have all been perfection. And the music video for “Bad Liar” was just the cherry on top. An artist as big as Selena featuring a lesbian crush in her video is a huge freaking deal. While others have dabbled in bicurious territory, Sel took the leap.

 Becoming a Recovery Warrior

This year, Selena faced a lot — including a kidney transplant from one of her best friends Francia Raisa to treat her lupus. Since then, she’s opened up about her story and become an inspiration to all of us. She’s also become very involved in lupus research and awareness and recently co-chaired the Lupus Research Alliance’s 2017 Gala. At the gala, she told the crowd,

“My doctors … said that I would be needing a kidney transplant. Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant, so it actually got to a point where it was life or death. Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney, and it was the ultimate gift of life. I am supporting the Lupus Research Alliance because they are getting results, and that’s what gives people hope.”

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Credit: Billboard/Instagram
From Abelena to Jelena

Sel has pretty much jumped from one power couple to another, first dating the Weeknd for 10 months and then reuniting with her first love Justin Bieber. Not that Selena needs a man, of course, but her reconciliation with Justin after all these years just warmed my heart.

Getting Political

While Selena has been pretty mum on the political front (much to my dismay), she finally started speaking out. It started small with a resistance necklace and a nasty woman jean jacket, but by September she broke her silence. In response to Trump’s decision to stop DACA, she wrote on Instagram,

“My definition of a dreamer is someone that thinks big and believes anything is possible. The wonderful people being threatened by the unfortunate reversal of DACA are exactly that. Please call the White House, your local member of Congress and state Senators to let your voice be heard to defend DACA!”

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Credit: Selena Gomez/Instagram
Her Style Evolution

Selena has always had an eye for fashion but this year she went from fashionista to style icon. Her date nights with the Weeknd consisted of non-stop #outfitgoals and she recently rocked six outfits in a day. And her newfound blonde hair? Well done, Sel.

13 Reasons Why

Earlier this year, Selena went behind the camera to executive produce the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which helped to shed the harsh realities of bullying, rape, and suicide. It was a passion project for Selena and has since become adored by fans as well — probably why it’s already been picked up for a second season. The singer said on Instagram,

“After 7 years of holding onto this book, I couldn’t of picked a better time for this message to exist. Jay Asher wrote a beautifully tragic, compelling story and we were lucky to have brought it to life. Thank you to every single soul that put their heart into this passion project.”

Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.