In the the most recent edition of Teen Vogue, Disney Channel veteran Selena Gomez revealed how she stays in shape. We have a sneaking suspicion that she had to lie. Gomez told the magazine:
“I eat junk. I’m from the South, so I love Mexican food, greasy pasta, and fried things. I do try, every now and then, to put something in my body that will be good, but, honestly, I’ve never liked working out. I need to be active in some way, though — that’s why I kind of secretly do it for my show. We have thirteen choreographed pieces, and it’s a 90-minute set. I consider that my workout!”
“Oh puh-lease” is what I had to say in response. A magazine that targets teenagers should not even be talking about this kind of thing. The Spring Breakers(2013) actress might not have insightful things to say about the economy, but she’s a hell of a lot more interesting than her diet. It’s not like they were going to get her to reveal the truth anyway; her answer is a classic cop-out. Pop culture icons rarely discuss their diets honestly because admitting “I watch what I eat because it’s my flirtin’ job” would shatter the illusion of preternatural perfection. For a celebrity with a young fan base like Gomez’, that truth could send a message that they too should restrict their eating so that they can be famous and date Justin Bieber. However, it might be just as upsetting for a tween girl to wonder if there is something wrong with her because she eats Mexican food and fried things, but doesn’t look like her favorite pop star.
Many people are capable of eating whatever they want, avoiding exercise and maintaining a famous person style bod, but at the end of the day what other people eat is a boring and irrelevant topic. Teen Vogue missed the mark and focused on the wrong aspects of Selena Gomez by asking about her “weakness for junk food” at all. Maybe instead of discussing her choreography in terms of calorie burning, they could have asked about how hard she works to learn complicated dance numbers…or they could have stuck to asking her about what an “old soul” her BFF Taylor Swift is.
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