Why Selena Gomez’s Vogue Magazine Spread is Actually Bad for Women

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After months out of the spotlight, Selena Gomez is back in the picture! The 24-year-old took a break last year to address her health problems, but she was more than happy to appear on the latest cover of Vogue magazine. Like… no one’s gonna turn that down.

“Ok freaking out a little,” the “It Ain’t Me” singer captioned her Instagram of the cover (above), “Thrilled to share my first American @voguemagazine cover with you!”

She followed up the post by sharing a couple other shots from the spread:

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The first of the two shots included the caption, “I want to thank Rob Haskell for writing my story. I was a little nervous at how honest I was but you depicted where I’m at perfectly. I’m so grateful @voguemagazine @mertalas @macpiggott ❤️”

The issue people are having, though, is with the writer of the piece, Rob, who completely turned her profile into an anti-feminist story. “This Month’s Vogue Cover Story Reduces Selena Gomez to a Fragile Archetype,” Jezebel wrote. “The profile, written by Rob Haskell, treats Gomez as an otherworldly creature; a woman who is scarred but not broken by love, made authentic by her fragility, and defined by ‘enchanting incongruities.'”

News Statesman adds that the piece is guilty of “infantilising, pathologising and sexualising her all at once.” And some members of the public seem to agree:

“Why Are So Many Vogue Cover Stories Written by Men?” Jezebel questioned in a separate article, written in 2016. That question is definitely sifting through the air today.
Here’s how Selena Gomez met six of her closest friends:

Demi Lovato

Any true Delena stan knows that the (former) besties owe their gratitude to a big, purple dinosaur.

"We met in line at Barney," Selena told YoungHollywood.com. "We were auditioning at this huge event, and it was all, like, it was so hot, and it was 1,400 kids and we sat right in line together. It was awesome."

Here's hoping they'll kiss and make up one day!

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Taylor Swift

At least something good came out of their past heartbreaks — Sel & Tay met through their now-ex-boyfriends!

"We actually both met backstage at a Jonas Brothers concert," the brunette beauty explained on The Ellen Show. That was all the way back in 2008!

"Taylor and I dated Jonas Brothers together," she told the Herald Sun on a separate occasion. "We met when she was 18. I was 15 or 16. She was so great to me. Then we became best friends. She would fly out to see me when I was going through something really hard. We'd eat a lot of fattening food and vent."

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Justin Bieber

Jelena's not exactly close at the moment... but you know the deal with the on-again/off-again couple: Justin & Selena always find a way back to each other.

Their relationship started all the way back in 2009. It wasn't romantic at the time (so Selena says, anyway), but they did develop a sorta-sibling-like relationship (ick).

So, how'd they meet? A Hollywood party? Through a mutual friend? "Actually, his manager called my mom, who's my manager," Selena said on Late Show with David Letterman). Ah, so we have Scooter Braun and Mandy Teefey to blame thank, huh?

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Christina Grimmie

After the shocking & tragic death of the Voice alum earlier this year, Selena briefly spoke about the beginning of their friendship during one of her concerts. "When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her," Sel explained.

In an interview with E! News, which was unearthed soon after the shooting, the "With Love" singer revealed her history with SG. "Selena's mom did find a video of mine, and then she told Brian [Teefey], her husband, to kind of go after me in a not creepy way," she said. "But that's kind of how I got picked up with them. And ever since then, it's been really great. I've been doing a lot of work out in LA and back. She is the most normal person — and I'm not just saying that because I know her, I'm just saying — I met her, and she was like getting food for me and my parents. I was like, 'Sit down! We should be serving you.' I was actually in a Dream Out Loud commercial, I was in the background. That's when I first met her."

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Zeddlena had far from a romantic start. "It was about as random as it gets," Zedd once said on AMP Radio's morning show in LA. "I had the day off and I decided to go buy stuff for my house because I just moved, so I have an empty house, and I had to pee. I had my engineer with me, so I was like, 'I hope they have a bathroom.' He was like, 'Just go to the studio over there,' which was across the street from my studio."

"So I walk in and John, the head of our label, who had just signed Selena, was there," he continued. "He was like, 'Have you ever met Selena?' So he introduced me to her, and was like, 'Hey, she's cool, maybe we should make a song together.' And then like a week later, we start working on a song together."

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Jennifer Aniston

The Wizards of Waverly Place alum told KTU in June 2015 that she met the Friends star "through my management — they manage her as well — so it was kind of like a friendly meeting and instantly she's, like, inviting me to her house."

But, years prior, she told a far different tale about her first encounter with the famed actress. "I was shaking!" she told Just Jared Jr. in June 2009. "I ran into Jennifer in the bathroom [at the Women in Film 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards] and she goes, 'Hi!' My legs started to shake and I ran. I didn't know what to do because I freaked out."

"I always say that I worship Rachel McAdams as a movie actress," she continued, "but for comedy — the whole reason I started my show and mannerisms, they were after Jennifer Aniston. It was so funny, they were playing clip reels of the work she's done and I quoted the whole thing. Every single thing she'd say, I would say it. People were sitting there laughing at me and they're like, 'Wow, you're obsessed.' I freaked out, but I was happy she got the [Crystal] Award."

Things have certainly changed since then. Now, they actually hang out! "She has a pizza oven," she told radio host Carolina Bermudez. "Like, we've made pizzas at her house. She's very cool and very sweet. She kind of gives me a lot of, like, maternal advice."

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