Selena Gomez has been named by Glamour magazine as one of its Women of the Year. In honor of the occasion, the 20-year-old found herself on the cover of the magazine’s December 2012 issue.
The former child actress has really grown into her own. As Gomez reflected on her younger teenage self, she explained, “I was so scared and so shy back then. I mean, I grew up in one of the biggest high schools in the world, and that’s the Disney Channel. Everybody was falling in love with each other or not liking each other, and it was exhausting… and I was the shy one in the corner. And now I’m so opinionated, and I don’t have time for the cattiness. I have good people around me, and I’m glad I’m at the place I’m in. I wish I was there back then.”
Another role she doesn’t take lightly is playing girlfriend to Justin Bieber. “I adore his fans. I would never, ever want to disrespect them. You know, I get it: I was obsessed with Jesse McCartney growing up! He was my world. My high school crush. So I respect it, and if anything, I admire it.”
Read more in the December 2012 issue of Glamour, available now.