From her humble beginnings on Barney & Friends to being one of the most followed people on Instagram, Selena Gomez has come a long way. Nowadays, she is known just as much for her philanthropic work as she is for her music. Let’s take a look at Selena Gomez’s life and career.
Story of Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992. She is of Mexican American descent. Her father, Ricardo Joel Gomez, is a former stage actor who later became a contractor.
Her mother, Amy Cornett, worked as a stage actress and later became a stay-at-home mom. Selena has an older sister named Gracie Elliot Teefey and a younger brother named Tori Gomez.
Gomez grew up exposed to the entertainment industry; her mother introduced her to theater when she was five years old and took her to numerous auditions thereafter.
At age seven, she landed a role in the children’s television series Barney & Friends. She appeared in thirteen episodes over the course of two years before leaving the show to focus on her academics.
After abruptly ending her successful run on Barney & Friends, Gomez began auditioning for other roles. In 2006, she was cast as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place—a Disney Channel original series about wizards living in modern-day Manhattan.
The show was an instant hit with tween audiences and made Selena a household name. Wizards of Waverly Place ran for four seasons from 2007-2012 and spawned two made-for-tv movies: Wizard’s of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Final Battle (2010).
While working on Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena also pursued a career in music. She signed with Hollywood Records—the same label that houses Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers—in 2008. Her debut album Kiss & Tell was released in 2009 and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart.
A year later, she released her second studio album A Year Without Rain which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Her third studio album When the Sun Goes Down was released in 2011 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. To date, Selena has sold over seven million albums worldwide.
In addition to her work in film and television, Selena has also ventured into the world of fashion and fragrance. She launched her own clothing line called Dream Out Loud bySelena Gomez in 2010 and has released three fragrances—Selena by Avon (2011), Vivamore by Selena Gomez (2012), and Sears by Selena Gomez (2013).
Since she first appeared on Barney & Friends nearly two decades ago, Selena Gomez has come a long way. Today, she is known just as much for her work as an actress and singer as she is for her philanthropic efforts. With several successful albums under her belt and an upcoming role in the hotly anticipated film In The Heights, it looks like Selena’s career is only headed upward from here!
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