Selena Gomez Pens Essay on the Toll Beauty Takes on Mental Health
Selena Gomez opened up on World Mental Health Day earlier this week, talking candidly in a recent essay about feeling alone and challenging social norms.
The 28-year-old singer, actor, and producer wrote about the state of beauty in the social media age and its impact on mental health in her essay for CNN, which was published over the weekend.
"There are so many unrealistic expectations for women in our society and a pressure to look and act a certain way. Social media has definitely influenced our idea of 'perfect,' and we often turn to these platforms for validation and comfort. But in the end, this also makes us all feel a bit lonelier.
For anyone who is struggling with mental health issues or is simply having a difficult time, I want to tell you that you are not alone," she wrote in the piece.
The "Feel Me" singer went on to say she's an "advocate for social media detoxes" because it's "important for me to take time away from scrolling."
"I try to remember that everyone is usually sharing a highlight reel and only their best photos, and that I don't need to feel bad about not looking the same way," she shared.
Gomez recently launched her own beauty line, Rare, which she also talks about in the essay.
"I used to think I had to wear makeup in order to feel pretty, but now I understand that I don't need makeup to feel beautiful. Now, I view makeup as an accessory and something to be excited about. And that's really what I want Rare Beauty to embody — wear as much makeup or as little as you want — this is a safe and welcoming space where everyone should feel comfortable," she said.
Since its launch earlier this year, the brand has pledged to raise "$100 million over the next 10 years to help give people in underserved communities access to mental health services."
Outside of her essay for CNN, Gomez also took part in a virtual chat with former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Instagram where she divulged a bit more about chronic loneliness and the "healing power of human connection" during this particularly challenging year.
"In the beginning, I couldn't deal with it that well. I kind of went into a bit of a depression," she told Murthy, before adding that she's since found some things to help her cope, like her beauty line and maintaining a positive attitude.
"I would say right now, I'm fully coming out again and I just think I had to handle it the way I needed to handle it, and got through it with the right people and doing the right things and doing the right steps to not make me go crazy," she said.