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Selena Gomez And Her Cast Get Tattoos To Bring Awareness To An Issue People Are Afraid To Address

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Selena Gomez and the cast of her latest Netflix project got matching tattoos over the weekend that holds significance to “13 Reasons Why.” The Netflix show is based on a best-selling book by Jay Asher that dives into the topic of teenage suicide and mental health, according to an entry on IMDB. The tattoos chosen by the cast have been a powerful symbol in the awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention: the semicolon.

Over the weekend, Selena Gomez, Alisha Boe, and Tommy Dorfman got matching semicolon tattoos.


The tattoos were inspired by Project Semicolon which is an organization focused on raising awareness about suicide and mental health issues. The founder, Amy Bleuel, recently lost her won battle with depression. Bleuel started Project Semicolon in 2013 after her father committed suicide and hoped it would serve as inspiration for others facing their own battle with suicide. The semicolon took to represent how your story is not done and that what is happening now is only a continuation of your story.

The semicolon, much like its grammatical use, represents a continuation, not an end, for those dealing with thoughts of suicide, mental health issues, self-injury, and depression.

Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. ?⛅️?☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.

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“Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life,” Dorfman wrote on Instagram. “I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I’d never live past the age of 21. Today I’m grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people.”

The show is striking a chord with young viewers giving it great reviews and 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.


For Gomez, being a part of the project is personal. Not only was she a fan of the book, but Gomez herself recently had a very public battle with symptoms of her own mental health issues.

“I think he [Jay Asher] understood that I knew what it meant to be bullied,” Gomez told The New York Times about optioning the rights to Asher’s story. “I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel. And my mom had a lot of history dealing with [bullying]. I heard her stories growing up. She’s very open about it.”

If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to your local authorities (911) or call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).


READ: Selena Gomez Cancels ‘Revival’ Tour And Checks Into Rehab Due To ‘Mental Health’

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AnyClip – 25 Selena Tattoos That Will Make Your Heart Go Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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AnyClip – 25 Selena Tattoos That Will Make Your Heart Go Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

Selena will forever be in our hearts no matter what anyone says. She blessed the world and us with her amazing Tejano music and truly lived as la reina. She might have been killed in 1995, but her memory lives on in our heart. There are also a few people who keep Selena’s memory alive via tattoos. How she felt about tattoos? We might never know but these fans are putting her on their bodies for life and they seem totally fine with the idea. Here are 25 Selena tattoos celebrating la reina.

That iconic movie title font is instantly recognizable.

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The addition of Selena standing on top of it in her purple jumper is nice touch to really drive it home. But is it so amazing that that font is directly tied to that movie and our reina.

This iconic photo will never be old.

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That is one expensive way to pay tribute to Selena, for sure. Just a regular, little Chinese character will run you close to $50 so we can only imagine how musch this rendition of the photo cost.

Nothing like some simple song lyrics to keep the posers at bay.

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True Selena fans will be able to spot this tattoo coming from a mile away and what it truly means. You are probably singing this song to yourself right now, aren’t you?

Give her that virgen glo-up.

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That’s right. There is nothing wrong with paying her the ultimate tribute and canonizing her. Who can argue that she is not among the angels after her tragic death.

Why not get the most recognizable lyrics on your body?

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This is so damn adorable. The use of the rose to let you know without a doubt that this is definitely about Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Minimal line work can tell a very strong story.

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To most people this will just look like a rose but to a true Selena fan, this is everything. She loved roses and a touching way to remember her is to get a simple (or large) rose in remembrance.

Can’t forget about those Dinos, yo.

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Selena became a name in her own right but it was because of Los Dinos that she started that climb into stardom. You should never forget the people that got you to where you are.

Turn one of her photos into a glam shot.

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There is nothing wrong with tweaking her photos just a bit. It is actually a way to flatter the original since it now has a new life.

You are never too old to dig some cartoons.

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This is eeeeeverything. From the sparkles to the color purple to her super cool hair. How are more people not in love with this take on Selena and her final concert?

Just the first name is enough.

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Very few people have been able to reach the status that they are only known by one name. Others include Cher and Madonna. Seems like Selena is in good company.

Make it a little artistic by interpreting a lyric.

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If you don’t know, that comes from “Como La Flor” hence all of the flowers over the phrase. This is such a cool idea that I might have to go out and get the same tattoo.

Día de los Muertos realness for the late queen.

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Anything for Selena indeed. Some might think this is offensive but those people don’t know Mexican culture. This is how you represent loved one’s lost in the land of the dead.

On the nose tattoos are not bad.

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“Como La Flor” wrapped around a rose is super literal but super classic. Got to love this take because it is probably exactly what she’d like.

Make her more of a pop culture icon.

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Lotería meets Selena. We all know that La Sirena is known for her beauty and singing. Seems like exactly what we remember Selena for so…

Did we already mention Día de los Muertos?

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Doesn’t matter because it is that awesome. This is what you do when you want to remember Mexican and Mexican-American loved ones when they pass.

Song titles can make the best tattoos.

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We all know the significance of Apt. 512. There is a chico in there and we need to learn everything we can about him because he is the chico.

Selena adjacent tattoos are just as awesome.

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It doesn’t have to be an image of the actual singer to be a touching tribute. This little tattoo of the car that saved a stranded Selena is so awesome and super relevant to her memory.

Get a pin-up Selena because why not.

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This is another iconic look from the incredible singer. Why not make it more modern by giving it a pin-up feel?

The Selena fan dog whistle for the ages.

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She was the biggest fan of pizzas and Coca-Cola. She was even a spokesperson for Coca-Cola so it is really a good tribute to the late-singer.

Quote her dad if you want to make a real splash.

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No one will ever forget this moment in the movie when her father is totally blindsided with the super forward and progressive outfit.

This is Selena if she was going to Coachella.

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Would she really go to Coachella? Probably. Selena did like dancing and listening to live music. After all, she made her start singing at fairs and festivals.

Honor her long overdue makeup line.

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It sold out so quickly you probably never got to get your hands on any of it. The fact that it sold out before you could buy it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t honor it.

Zombie Selena might be a bit much.

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However, who are you to tell someone how they can honor someone? Maybe they love zombies and Selena so this is the perfect homage.

Make Selena’s wax statue a tattoo.

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Talk about meta. Rather than getting a tattoo of a real photo of Selena, you choose to get a tattoo of a wax statue based on a photo of the singer you are so in love with.

Juggalo Selena it kind of out there.

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Hard to get behind something that seems to be way too much for any Selena fan to fully support.

It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Spotify released a list of the music streaming service’s most-popular female artists, and it’s filled with Latina singers.

The platform, which has tens of millions of subscribers from across the world, including Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, created catalogs for its most-streamed female artists worldwide and in the US between January 1 and March 1 of 2019.

Globally, Dominicana-Trinidadian rapper Cardi B came out higher than any other Latina artist at No. 8, unsurprisingly as the Bronx hitmaker followed her 2018 platinum debut album “Invasion of Privacy” with several more bangers like “Money” and, most recently,” “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

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Behind Cardi is Selena Gomez (No. 9), whose 2018 hits “Taki Taki” and “Back To You” continue to dominate just about everyone’s playlists.

Latin American artists also made the list, with colombiana Karol G at 13. Cuban-Mexican breakout Camila Cabello followed at 14, Chicana Becky G at 16 and Demi Lovato at 18.

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Similar to Spotify’s worldwide streams, there were also six Latinas on the platform’s 20 most-listened to female artists in the US.

Once again, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar leads her compañeras, this time making the top five at No. 4. Following behind her is Kehlani (No. 9), Camila Cabello (No. 10), Selena Gomez (No. 12), Demi Lovato (No. 16) and the Puerto Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at No. 18.

The list shows the growing strength of Latinas in music, especially the rise of Spanish-language urbano hits, as artists like Cardi (“I Like It”), Selena (“Taki Taki”), Camila (“Havana”), Karol G (“Mi Cama”), Becky G (“Sin Pijama”) and Demi Lovato’s (“Échame La Culpa”) chart-toppers in the last year were partly or fully sung in Spanish.

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Check out Spotify’s full lists of the most-streamed female artists of 2019 worldwide and in the US below.

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the world:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Lady Gaga

4. Halsey

5. Dua Lipa

6. Taylor Swift

7. Rihanna

8. Cardi B

9. Selena Gomez

10. Nicki Minaj

11. Sia

12. Bebe Rexha

13. Karol G

14. Camila Cabello

15. Anne-Marie

16. Becky G

17. Beyoncé

18. Demi Lovato

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Adele

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the US:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Halsey

4. Cardi B

5. Taylor Swift

6. Nicki MInaj

7. Lady Gaga

8. Rihanna

9. Kehlani

10. Camila Cabello

11. Dua Lipa

12. Selena Gomez

13. Bebe Rexha

14. Beyonce

15. Ella Mai

16. Demi Lovato

17. SZA

18. Julia Michaels

19. Sia

20. Lana Del Rey

Read: Up Next: Rombai Is Ushering In The Return Of Latin Pop Bands

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