Former Disney star Selena Gomez has been making headlines lately with her up-and-coming mainstream career, as well as her relationship with pop-star Justin Bieber. Although Selena has been a star for a while now, there are some things you may not know about this 20-year-old singer and actress.
One of her costars told her to change the way she signs autographs
Before her role in "Ramona and Beezus," Selena signed all of her autographs with a simple letter 's' and a heart. When costar John Corbett saw this, he told her that an autograph like that was unacceptable, and ever since then she has signed her autographs with her full name.
She has one of the most acclaimed fashion magazine covers
Her cover shoot for the July 2012 cover of Elle magazine was one of its most critically acclaimed in the publication's history. Shot on a bright yellow background, Selena posed in a mini brocade dress. The photo shot by Carter Smith garnered serious raves from critics and readers.
Her first role was on "Barney and Friends"
Selena's first role was that of one of the kiddie friends of everyone's favorite purple dinosaur. Cast as "Gianna" back in 2002, she would stay on the show another two years. "Barney" is also where she met fellow Disney star and real-life best friend, Demi Lovato.
Selena is the youngest spokesperson UNICEF has ever had
Gomez participates in a lot of charitable causes, but her biggest has been that of spokesperson for UNICEF's "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" campaign, which encourages children to raise money for the charity while they are trick or treating. She has raised almost a million dollars for this charity and has been their spokesperson since 2008.
Gomez replaced Madonna in the sequel to a popular animated movie
Selena replaced pop icon Madonna as "Selenia" in the animated movie, "Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard". The movie which also featured the voices of stars like Fergie, Jimmy Fallon and Snoop Dogg, was Selena's first foray into mainstream features.
At only 20 years old, Selena Gomez is sure to have much more to talk about during her career. Which fun fact did you think was the most impressive about Selena? Whether you're a fan or not, it's hard to dispute that she's accomplished a lot already in such a brief career.
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