The actress and singer said, though, that the experience helped her accept her body and taught her stop comparing it to when she was a teenager

By Julie Mazziotta
June 09, 2021 11:20 AM
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The 2015 Met Gala was a turning point for Selena Gomez and her relationship with her body.

The 28-year-old singer and actress wore a white Vera Wang dress for the annual costume gala, and as Gomez looked back at photos from the night for an episode of Vogue's Life in Looks video series, she remembered struggling with her body image.  

"I fluctuate a lot with my weight," she said, "and I remember this night specifically I didn't feel good about my body."

But Gomez appreciated that she was able to craft the dress with Wang.

"What was really amazing was that I actually got a chance to work on the dress that fit my body," she said. "I had such a beautiful time shaping this dress. I think that we came together and built something really beautiful and something that fit me really well."

And Gomez said that the experience, which happened when she was 22 years old, helped her gain a new appreciation for her body.

"That was one of the moments where I was like, I don't have to be that 19-year-old body shape anymore because I'm not," she said.

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As Gomez went through 15 looks from 2007 to 2021, she also noted her shifting body at the 2019 premiere of The Dead Don't Die, but appreciated how it looked.

"This was also a moment in my life where I had fluctuated in weight, and I'm very honest with the people on my team, so I didn't want to wear anything tight, and then I tried this dress on and I felt so beautiful," she said. "And it definitely highlighted this area [her chest] a lot. But I felt like a Barbie doll."

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Selena Gomez at "The Dead Don't Die" premiere
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Gomez, who has lupus and underwent a kidney transplant in 2017, has dealt with body shaming over her changing shape. In 2018, she posted about body positivity after online trolls criticized her shape.   

In response, Gomez wrote about "The beauty myth" on Instagram, "an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails."