2014 marks a very special occasion for one of our favorite magazines — Seventeen‘s now 70 years old! So, in honor of the monumental anniversary, the glossy publication is celebrating with its first-ever March 2014 Power issue. Within its pages, you’ll find 17 of Hollywood’s most powerful females under the age of 22, with none other than Selena Gomez leading the charge.
Up against the likes of Miley Cyrus, Lorde and Demi Lovato — all of whom the “Come and Get It” singer mentions in her interview for the cover spread — the 21-year-old star gives the juiciest answers to the questions everyone’s dying to know. See some of the most shocking quotes in the gallery below, and make sure to pick up the upcoming issue of Seventeen, on newsstands February 4!
On her fellow former Disney Channel stars
"This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have "Come & Get It" be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I'm glad it's taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it."
On her 'feud' with Lorde
"I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, 'She doesn't like me, but Lorde.' I'm going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she's doing great things. Some day I will see her and we'll be cool."
On not changing for
Justin Bieber a guy
"I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven't found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It's hard."
Furthering her thoughts on intimidation...
"I do think I might scare some guys, because I'm like, 'I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?' But I only know how to be me."
On her fans
"I don't feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it's the greatest thing in the world."
On surrounding herself with the right people
"I noticed my friends were different, that we were all becoming supportive. I'd get so angry at a friend and tell another friend and she'd just say, 'Why don't you look at her side?' And those things piss you off in the moment, but then you realize that that's who you want to be surrounded by."