selena gomez goes topless for 'v magazine'

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photo via @selenagomez on instagram

Selena Gomez is the latest in a long list of celebs who have posed shirt-free in recent weeks, wearing only a pair of denim-inspired Guess bikini bottoms on the cover of V Magazine.

The cover, which Gomez posted on Instagram, shows the 22-year-old former Disney star wide-eyed and pouty, wearing curly pageant-queen extensions accessorized with a girlish red bow. The effect is a combination of baby-faced innocence and provocative posing that reads a little bit Lolita.

While Gomez has made a definite effort to distance herself from her Wizards of Waverly Place past (see: Spring Breakers), it seems as if V is using her child-star persona to transform the actress into a forbidden fruit type of sexual object. And although she may be an adult, it’s uncomfortable and a bit problematic to see Gomez portrayed this way—specifically reading, "Haha, this was a child star who still has big doe-like eyes and now she's super sexy." Perhaps the point of the cover is to provoke, but having a topless young girl emphasize her youth just reinforces the way our culture sexualizes young girls. That isn't new or revolutionary.

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