meet our february cover star!

by nylon

Selena Gomez: Disney star, pop singer, good girl, right? Well, kind of; though she's not ditching her squeaky clean image just yet--"I think [the paparazzi] are over me because I'm so boring[...] I get to Topanga Mall, and they're like, 'Why is she back at the same place?'" Gomez told our Executive Editor Ashley Baker--she's subverting expectations with her law-breaking, party-making turn in Harmony Korine's upcoming Spring Breakers. As it turns out, Gomez is more than her carefully crafted image suggests. And we were there to hear all about it.

While you wait for our February issue to hit newsstands, get a sneak peek of our cover star and her thoughts on breaking the mold, making friends with Taylor Swift, and falling in (or, as the case may be, out) of love, throughout the next week as we unveil exclusive outtakes and quotes.

With today's premiere of a new Spring Breakers trailer (watch it here), here's what Gomez told NYLON about taking on this role: "It was my first audition in years. I definitely felt that with my first stepping-out role, I should choose something that I could understand a little more. I was really nervous, but Harmony took a chance with me. He said, 'You live in this bubble, and I'm going to take you out of it, but you have to trust me.'"

The film's director, Korine, agreed, telling us, "You hear about young starlets being so problematic, but Selena's really together. She has a very strong work ethic, and she was really willing to experiment and play. She was very much into trying to invent her future." Check back tomorrow for more outtakes and exclusive quotes from our February cover star!


Jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, tank top by Calvin Klein Jeans, shorts by AG Adriano Goldschmied, necklace by Jennifer Fisher, scarf (worn as a belt) by Mango, bracelets by Freedom at Topshop, ring by Allison Lou.