Selena Gomez: Impossible beauty standards have an effect on my mental health

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Selena Gomez has revealed that “impossible beauty standards” have had a negative effect on her mental health.

The former Disney Channel star, 28, recently shared some insights into her personal life and how societal norms inspired her to create her own brand her make-up range, Rare Beauty.

Following a tumultuous couple of years, where the artist openly battled with bipolar disorder and Lupus, Selena followed in the footsteps of R&B star, Rihanna, and released her own beauty brand named after her third album, Rare.

After doing some self-reflection, it appears that Selena has come to understand how to incorporate wellness with the pressure to look a certain way.

She revealed that there was, in fact, a “strong connection” between conversations on beauty and mental health.

Selena Gomez released her make-up brand, Rare Beauty, named after her third album

“Society constantly tells us that we’re not enough, so I wanted to start a brand to challenge and eliminate that pressure – to change the conversation,” she told Stellar Magazine.

The singer added: “My goal with Rare Beauty is to break down these unrealistic standards of beauty.

“I saw from personal experience how these impossible beauty standards were having such an effect on my mental health and I know a lot of people who felt the same way.”

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The Another Cinderella Story actress affirmed that beauty and mental health should be both discussed.

In her new interview, Selena went on to discuss the negative impact the internet could have on someone’s well being.

According to the singer, taking breaks from social media was, indeed, a healthy solution.

After revealing she was suffering from Lupus, Selena received a kidney transplant from actress and friend Francia Raisa in 2017

She said: “At Rare Beauty we do social detox weekends often when we encourage our community to log off for the weekend."

Selena – who was awarded Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2017 – has 236 million followers on Instagram.

However, the singer’s gigantic online presence has not tainted her views regarding what truly mattered in life as she admitted how important spending time with family and friends was to her.

Following her bipolar disorder diagnosis last year, the former Disney star confessed that although she was in a “good place” at the moment, her mental health was something that she was, in fact, working on “every day”.

In April, in an episode of Miley Cyrus' talk show, Bright Minded, Selena explained how her diagnosis had impacted her.

"It was hard, but I tried to find what I needed to get me through it. I have great friends and I see a therapist and keep my mind positive. I've learned so much about myself," she said.

Selena launched "Rare Beauty" in September 2020, a make-up line created with the intention to fight beauty standards.

The Wizards of Waverly Place star has been regularly reminding her fans to check on their own mental health as a result of opening up about her own struggles.

Last September, she told Allure that she felt "more comfortable" knowing that she was "not alone" after finding out about her mental disorder.

Referring to her advocacy with mental health, she said: "I will always be passionate about that.

"It's something I will continue to talk about."

In April, she encouraged her followers on Instagram to join her in the Mental Health 101 movement, promoting mental health services and encouraging mental health conversations within educational settings.

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