Gomez, who is actually 22, drew immediate Lolita comparisons for the shoot, where she rocked long curls held back by a Minnie Mouse-esque red polka dot bow, glossed-up lips and the kind of cheap red hoop earrings tweens buy by the handful at Claire's Boutique. In another photo inside, she wears a girlie retro checked two-piece bathing suit with a childish-looking cowboy hat that ties under her chin and a bandanna around her neck, like a tomboy playing dress-up.
And it's not just a case of haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate — she really does look very, very young, and it's making a lot of people very, very uncomfortable.
Selena Gomez is a grown woman but on the cover of V, she looks like a 13 year old Lolita-type with that hair clip and doe-eyed look #creepy— Maureen (@itzMomos) February 17, 2015
Selena Gomez's Lolita inspired photo-shoot is all the more disturbing because she already looks about 12— The Digital Review (@mydigitalreview) February 17, 2015
Jfc this cover with Selena Gomez makes me so uncomfortable. This lolita realness rn http://t.co/aEmTNI2Jm5— :3 (@RainhoDash) February 17, 2015
Gomez apparently loves them, since she Instagrammed the pics to fans.
And she had to know what the response would be, as did the art director — so it begs the question, did they do it on purpose?
Well, duh. There's no proof obviously and it's not like Gomez or anyone on the V team would ever admit that, yeah, they made a grown woman look like a pedophile's dream in order to sell magazines, but in the increasingly competitive world of traditional paper publications, anything goes when it comes to publicity — and getting people talking moves pages off of newsstands.
And while Gomez is a grown woman and, as such, is certainly more than capable of making her own career decisions, we can't help but feel bad for her young fans who are now getting the message more than ever that trading on one's sexuality is the way to get ahead — even in the most inappropriate fashion.
Images: Inez & Vinoodh/V magazine 94
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