Courtesy of Glamour Magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of Glamour
Selena Gomez is adorable, but there's so much more to her than just that. The former Disney star may be most known for her time on the channel, for her pop career with band The Scene, and for her role as half of pop's most powerful couple (the other half being, obviously, Justin Bieber), but beyond the fact that she's breaking into more grown up film roles this year with her part in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which is being released just in time for, yeah, Spring Break in March of 2013, Gomez is showing herself to be whip smart, savvy, and beyond anything else, compassionate and concerned for the world beyond Hollywood. This is why, when Glamour announced this year's Women of The Year, it was no surprise that Selena was it. As the youngest-ever U.S. UNICEF ambassador, Gomez's life isn't all glitz and glam, when she's not working she's out there making a difference all over the world. In the article, Selena talks about visiting Ghana for the United Nations, and even taking part in the Global Poverty Project's Live Below The Line Project, where she spent a week living on just $1.50 a day.
The other thing about Selena? She's gorgeous. That might seem obvious, but the Glamour spread proves once again that the timeless beauty is more than just a pretty face. Glowing from the cover in a champagne silk gown with a bright red pout and her chocolate brown hair loose and to one side like a classic Hollywood heroine, Selena is every part a cover girl. The real star of the shoot, though? Selena's smile. It might sound corny, but it's the star's playful "surprise face" on the cover that really gets us, and proves that fun and social responsibility can go hand in hand. This is a girl who really is taking full advantage of the amazing hand she was dealt in life.
Glamour also named photographer Annie Liebowitz, Girls creator Lena Dunham, J. Crew's Jenna Lyons, The gold medal winning U.S. Women's gymnastics team, among others, their women of the year. See the full list here.