SELENA GOMEZ Seventeen’s Most Powerful Girl Under 21

March 2014 - Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez rocks the cover of Seventeen’s March issue. She placed #1 on Seventeen’s list of powerful girls under the age of 21. Talk about an impressive list to make! Selena chatted with the mag about feeling powerful, being herself, her fans, and even one of her professional rivals: Lorde.

On feeling powerful:
“This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have ‘Come & Get It’ be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it.”

On her fans:
“I don’t feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it’s the greatest thing in the world.”

On Lorde:
“I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, ‘She doesn’t like me, but Lorde.’ I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things. Some day I will see her and we’ll be cool.”

On never changing for a guy:
“I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven’t found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It’s hard. I do think I might scare some guys, because I’m like, ‘I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?’ But I only know how to be me.”

Good for Selena! You can read her entire interview in the March issue of Seventeen magazine, which hits newsstands on February 4th! On all three newsstand covers, Selena is wearing a custom Elizabeth & James t-shirt with the phrases Dream, Brave, and Confident.

Photos Courtesy of Seventeen Magazine