Selena Gomez on Being Latina: "I Can Represent a Different Generation"

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Selena Gomez may be getting more attention for her new adult image, but the Spring Breakers star is still very passionate about serving as a role model for other young Latinas. The 19-year-old star teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps grant wishes for children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions, and is also the celebrity ambassador for UNICEF.

In her interview for Elle Magazine, Selena chats about her relationship, stardom, and what it means to be Latina. She also talked about the cultural significance of being one of the first Latinas to lead a Disney series, “Growing up, [teen idols] were all blond, with light-colored eyes. I wanted to be that. I didn’t realize how important it was to represent my background and my culture until parents of Latin descent started coming up to me.” She adds, “Then it clicked. I can represent a different generation and a different culture.”

The “Love You Like a Love Song” singer also confirms that she isn’t a pushover, which makes her a “true Latina” in her bodyguard’s eyes. “I can’t handle business confrontation, but I can completely confront someone who’s disrespecting me personally. … Jesse [her bodyguard] calls me a true Latina woman. I can go off for sure,” says Selena.

A powerful Latina who knows how to stand her ground? Nothing wrong with that right? What do you think about her comments?

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