Over the years, few pop stars have captured our attention more than Selena Gomez. She's been immensely successful and popular over her many years in the spotlight, and has amassed a net worth of over $50 million. As with any pop star these days, her every action and word is analyzed with a microscope, and she's probably one of the most judged people on Earth. But this is just part of the job of being a huge star, and she has to deal with it if she wants to keep succeeding. And for the most part, she has been dealing with all of the media attention.
But many people have pointed out that she's not as attractive as many other stars her age. And to be honest, they have a point. It's a sad day when stars are judged not on the quality of their music or art, but on their physical appearance. And Selena Gomez has been affected by this harsh truth more than many other stars. People often comment on the fact that she's really not that impressive in regards to her looks.
In the end, this level of body-shaming has resulted in some pretty serious consequences for Selena. She's had to go through therapy as a result of people judging her appearance, and she's admitted that this issue is what takes up most of her time during these therapy sessions. But regardless of how cruel it is, the truth remains: Selena Gomez really isn't as attractive as the media makes her out to be. Here are some photos that prove that point.
15 Round Face
Some people have referred to Selena Gomez as "chipmunk face." As you can see by this photo, the nickname is well-deserved. In fact, this particular picture was turned into a meme, with captions underneath of a wide variety. They usually follow the format of "That feeling when..." It's unclear whether Selena Gomez is smiling, laughing or crying in this picture, but it is clear that she looks pretty unattractive. True, this is one of those pictures that was taken at the exact wrong moment, but you can't deny that she looks pretty bad.
Why would she cringe like this in the first place? As Selena herself has revealed, she's under a lot of pressure on a day-to-day basis: “I’m surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me, and some of them have and others haven’t. They pressure me. There’s so much pressure. You’ve gotta be sexy, you’ve gotta be cute, you’ve gotta be nice, you’ve gotta be all these things … They tell me what to wear, how to look, what I should say, how I should be."
14 Strange Facial Expression
Some have pointed out that Selena Gomez has a pretty nice body. While this might be true, it's hard to overlook her strange facial expressions which seem so common. And when she is caught with these weird expressions, it kind of takes away and distracts from her body, which would have looked nice if it wasn't topped off with such a strange face. She looks like she is extremely uncomfortable, and not used to being out in the water. And there's also the fact that she looks way too pale to be considered healthy.
You have to feel for her though, because the girl is under immense pressure to look amazing all of the time. Speaking about that pressure, Selena Gomez revealed: "Until recently, I had given into that pressure. I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people, and I tried to change who I am. Because I thought others would accept me for it. And I realized I don’t know how to be anything but myself. People piss me off so much. I’m half Mexican. I’ve got the fire in me for sure.”
13 Double Chin
Selena Gomez has long been known for having recurring weight problems. This is perhaps the number one thing for which she has received criticism about her appearance. Her fans and the general public have been really observant about even the slightest amount of weight she puts on. But to be honest, this picture shows that it was far from just a "little bit of weight" she had put on. She clearly has a double chin, and this unfortunate picture wasn't great for her reputation.
But everybody needs to remember that Selena Gomez is in fact just a regular human being, and she's not impervious to gaining weight. Talking about how life has changed, Selena Gomez revealed: "I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd raise up their pinkies and make a pinky promise never to allow anybody to make them feel that they weren’t good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s, and I’m looking into their eyes, and I don’t know what to say. I couldn’t say, ‘Everybody, let’s pinky-promise that you’re beautiful!’ It doesn’t work that way, and I know it because I’m dealing with the same s— they’re dealing with."
12 Creepy Smile
Here's another prime example of why so many people are coming to the conclusion that Selena Gomez isn't actually as hot as she's cracked up to be. Even worse, this particular picture makes her look creepy as hell. She looks more like a psychotic little girl from a horror movie than a pop star. I'm sure most of the kids who went to see her concert this night got nightmares afterwards from looking at that creepy, disturbing smile. This is another example of the so-called "chipmunk face," although this one is more terrifying than it is funny.
It seems that Selena Gomez is very aware of the kinds of criticism she gets from the general public. Speaking about this, she revealed: “That’s what I work on in therapy the most. Because of social media, because of all the pressure that girls have, it’s so difficult. It’s good to be connected, to see things, and to get a sense of what your friends are up to. But it also allows people to think they need to look or be a certain way."
11 She's Just Average
Here's another picture which sheds some light on the true attractiveness of Selena Gomez. In this picture, she looks decidedly average. Sort of like that nerdy girl next door you never really talked to, or that girl at school who was pretty much invisible to everyone. She's wearing a very plain dress, but it's her face that looks the most unimpressive. She actually looks somewhat like a middle-aged woman, and this makes us all wonder what she'll look like in a few decades. Will she age well? Judging by this picture, probably not.
But in the end, people have to understand that Selena Gomez is just trying to be herself, whatever that might be. In her own words, Selena Gomez said: “People so badly wanted me to be authentic, and when that happened, finally, it was a huge release. I’m not different from what I put out there. I’ve been very vulnerable with my fans, and sometimes I say things I shouldn’t. But I have to be honest with them. I feel that’s a huge part of why I’m where I am.”
10 Close Your Mouth
This is definitely one of those pictures that was taken at the worst possible moment. And as you can see, it clearly isn't doing Selena Gomez any favors. She looks freakishly outlandish in this picture, and not appealing in the slightest. It's pictures like these that prove Selena Gomez really isn't that attractive, regardless of the fact that this was perhaps just a poorly timed photo. Because even when attractive people get their pictures taken at the worst moments, they still come off looking at least a little bit good-looking. Selena, on the other hand, just looks weird.
But it's easy to forget that Selena Gomez is still growing, and we might not have seen her "final form" yet. She still has time to perfect her looks, as she herself admits: “I’m growing up. I’m not saying, ‘This is it: I’ve got life figured out, everybody.’ I’m going to fall on my face continuously. But I’m excited to have this sense of control of my life. I’m so f—ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story. It took away everything I loved about this business.”
9 Now I'm Scared...
I don't care how loyal of a fan you are to Selena Gomez, no one can look at this photo and not feel at least a little bit creeped out. Selena looks like she is about to kill someone. Don't stare at this picture too long – you might get nightmares tonight. She looks like something from a horror movie. I guess she was in the middle of a high note when this picture was taken, because she looks like she's really exerting herself. Is this picture attractive? No. No, it is not. This really highlights the fact that many of the other pop stars that are competing with Selena Gomez are much more attractive than she is.
Although Selena Gomez can hit the high notes, she's also hit rock bottom in her life, as she revealed: “I felt like I’d lost everything. Just because it’s not plastered everywhere doesn’t mean I didn’t have my rock bottom. I’ve had my moments, and it’s almost unsafe for me to even talk about them, because I’ll be taken advantage of.”
8 Dressed Up As A Guy
Selena Gomez has been performing for her whole life, and she is one of those child stars who has been in front of a camera basically her entire life. She had her own Disney show, and she successfully made the switch to a successful adult solo singing career. This is actually a pretty rare feat, and an impressive accomplishment. She's not above doing weird things like dressing up as a boy for her music videos, as you can see by this photo. But the weirdest thing about this is not that she looks like a boy, but the fact that she makes such a convincing boy.
As she has revealed in the past, Selena reiterates that her image issues are a major reason why she needs so much therapy: “I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart. I took part in equine therapy, which is so beautiful. And it was hard, obviously. But I knew what my heart was saying, and I thought, ‘OK, I think this has helped me become stronger for other people."
7 No Makeup
Here's another picture of Selena Gomez that might not be too flattering, although this one isn't actually too bad. The only reason this one isn't too attractive is because Selena isn't wearing makeup. She doesn't look that bad without makeup, but the thing about this picture is that it shows how much Selena relies on her makeup. Without it, she looks painfully average. Topped off by those nerdy glasses, and this pop star looks like a girl you wouldn't even notice if you passed her in the school hallway.
You can't blame Selena Gomez for wanting to give up looking pretty every day though. As she reveals: “We’re easy targets. Every single kid who was brought up like this is an easy target. It’s disgusting, because it’s interesting to grown adults that these kids go through weird things because they’re figuring out, ‘Do I like this? Do I love this? Maybe I love this person. Oh, I’m exposed to this, people are reporting my every move and this and that because of Instagram and Twitter, and you can find out everything.'”
6 Someone Woke Her Up Too Early...
Here's another picture that admittedly doesn't look too bad, but it does show Selena in a very different light than what we're used to seeing. She doesn't look like her usual bright and vibrant self. In fact, she looks like she's about to kill somebody. Some girls look hot when they're angry and "fierce," but Selena Gomez clearly isn't one of them. She looks totally defeated, and it's clear that this picture was taken after Selena had woken up a little too early. Either that, or she's gone several hours without sleep. She's at an airport, so that kind of makes sense.
But one has to remember that Selena Gomez has been through a lot and has every reason to look depressed. She once revealed: “First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay… It’s really frustrating, because I am 100 percent allowed to have that, but I think people just want to have some sort of — I understand what you’re asking, but I’m just saying, I don’t think it really matters.”
5 Nothing Special...
Nobody is saying that Selena Gomez is ugly. But it's hard to call her particularly attractive. She's just, well... average. There's nothing really special about her. I'm sure tons of guys would love to be with her, but that just isn't enough to really stand out in an entertainment industry full of incredibly attractive women and girls her age. But in a way, that makes Selena Gomez even more impressive because she's succeeded without that much advantage in terms of physical appearance.
She's talked at length about being body-shamed before, and it seems to have really affected her: “I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight. That was the first time I’d experienced body-shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. I think people really wanted to see me fail. I’d sit down in an interview and get the most harshly asked questions. Of course I got my heart broken. Of course I was pissed about it. There, everybody has it. I was so disappointed, because I never wanted my career to be a tabloid story.”
4 Too Emotional
There are some girls that look cute when they cry or get emotional. Selena Gomez is not one of them. Whenever she gets too excited or shook up, she kind of turns into a wreck. She almost looks like a baby when she's bawling her eyes out, which definitely isn't appealing to the eye. In this picture, she kind of looks like a spoiled brat with that princess tiara, as well as appearing to be pretty immature.
But then again, Selena Gomez has every right to get emotional, seeing as what she's been through. It's not in our position “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a–holes.’ But I was angry I even felt the need to say that. It’s awful walking into a restaurant and having the whole room look at you, knowing what they’re saying. I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
3 Please Don't Cry...
Here's another example of why Selena Gomez just isn't attractive. She looks okay when she's trying to keep a straight face, but the same is not true whenever she starts getting emotional. It's just not a pretty sight. She seems to end up looking like a constipated chipmunk whenever she starts talking about something that really brings her to tears. Once again, she has the appearance of a small child, and an unattractive one at that.
But in truth, there's a part of Selena Gomez that still is just a little girl. Speaking about moving on since Disney, Selena Gomez revealed: “Once Disney was over, I was like, ‘Oh, s***.’ I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I had to learn to be myself. I’m so exhausted. I honestly am so done. I care about his health and wellbeing. But I can’t do it anymore. I’m growing up. I’m not saying, ‘This is it: I’ve got life figured out, everybody.’ I’m going to fall on my face continuously. But I’m excited to have this sense of control of my life.”
2 Fish Face
If you thought the other picture of Selena Gomez with her mouth hanging open was bad, just take a look at this one. There is no way any logical person could look at this picture and deem this pop star to be attractive. She seriously looks like some kind of fish that is struggling to breathe. She might make a semi-attractive fish, but as a human she at the bottom of the barrel... or fish tank... Whatever works for you. Looking deep into her open mouth is like staring into the abyss – it can seriously traumatize you.
As it turns out, Selena Gomez is very familiar with staring into her own personal abyss. She has talked at length about succumbing to this abyss in the past: “It’s either of two extremes. Either you’re going to succumb to it and be surrounded by all the noise and enjoy it and get the rush from it, or you’re going to be so far off of it because you don’t trust anyone or think any of it’s genuine. That’s the girl that I am.”
1 What Is Wrong With Her...
This is another hilariously bad and embarrassing picture of Selena Gomez. She looks completely insane in this image, and it's clear that the cameras caught her in the worst possible moment. They say pictures can say a thousand words. But this one says only three: "What the hell?" It's hard to figure out why exactly Selena Gomez contorted her face into this ridiculous expression, but the backstory might shed some light on this one. As the story goes, this picture was taken when Selena got a bit "tongue-tied" when she was giving an interview at a red carpet event. She was allegedly talking about Taylor Swift's award and said something that made no sense whatsoever. Her face here reflects that she was completely confused about what was coming out of her own mouth.
It must be tough having every single second of your life analyzed at the closest detail. As she explained in an interview: “I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I like it or not. I had to stop, ’cause I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”
Sources: fanpop.com, people.com