Selena Gomez Officially Does What Miley Cyrus & Lindsay Lohan Couldn't

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Selena GomezIt's a big day for Selena Gomez. The Disney Channel sweetheart celebrates her 20th birthday today. You know what that means? Justin Bieber's girlfriend has officially done what the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan couldn't.

Selena has made it out of her teen years with nary a scandal. In the era of "everyone with a cellphone is a paparazzi," that's a bona fide accomplishment. It proves that Selena made the conscious choice to keep up the squeaky clean image going, and you have to hand it to her: not many teenagers would or could.

If she hadn't, we could hardly blame her. Teenagers are supposed to screw up. They're a mess of hormones, they're struggling to figure out how independent they can be, and this is their last chance to test their limits in a "safe" way, with their parents to catch them when they fall. Selena and other stars may be in the spotlight, but that doesn't make them impervious to nature.

Parents were apoplectic when Miley Cyrus was caught bumping and grinding on video at just 16 or went out braless at 17, but I always had a soft spot for Cyrus.

Here she was growing up, and she had to do it in the public's eye. What she did was no worse -- or better -- than the typical teenager's testing of the waters, but she didn't have the advantage of figuring herself out in a small town where her only critics were her parents' nosy neighbors. She had to do it in front of the whole world, where people kept trying to treat her like Hannah Montana. Only she wasn't Hannah. As the song says, she was just "being Miley."

Ditto a host of other scandal-plagued Disney Channel stars. Remember when nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens were released when she was only 19? Or how about Lindsay Lohan? The fresh face of the Parent Trap turned dirty in about 2005, when she was only 19, and she was accused of drinking and driving.

But what's the worst we have on Selena?

OMG, she and Justin Bieber went to Hooters!

OMG, she and Justin Bieber kissed in public!

OMG, she cancelled a concert to rush home when her mom suffered a miscarriage!

OMG, Selena Gomez really is as nice and sweet as parents want her to be!

I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a bit selfish in rooting for Selena to avoid the typical teen rebel traps. My daughter is 7. There's a Wizards of Waverly Place game stuck constantly in her Nintendo DS, and Love You Like a Love Song is currently the soundtrack of our lives. With her access to Google, hiding a Selena scandal from her wouldn't exactly be easy.

Knowing Selena made it out of the teen years scandal-free gives me an extra boost of confidence as a mom -- I was right! It was OK to let my daughter glom on to this one celebrity out of all of them out there.

How about you? Does this milestone boost your Selena Gomez love?

 

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nonmember avatar Joi

Ok first of all don't go dissing other people because they're not perfect! So what they couldn't keep the "squeaky clean image" WHAT TEEN EVER REALLY DOES?! second of alll i can see you don't want to bring up her and justin dry humping or may her letting justin grab on her butt and boobs in public! Oh yeah, that's the kind of message you want to tell little kids! Go let boys grab on you butt and boobs!! Selena gomez is not perfect so don't try to talk about her like she is! At least miley doesn't go around using people just so she can stay in the spotlight! And don't deny it because everybody know it's true! SELENA IS AN ATTENTION SEEKER! So what selena was famous before she met justin! ONLY PEOPLE WHO WATCHED DISNEY KNEW ABOUT HER! before justin most of the world didn't know who she was and know they do because of him!

Refur... Refurbished

Classy girl, and living proof that these teens don't have to evolve into raunchy women to be appealing. 

nonmember avatar Maye

Well Miley Cyrus is still more sucessful than her so I don't think she cares

raeyl... raeyliNlilysmom

i love her! She has always been way diffrent than others.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

I remember when she was young & on Barney :)

BGarcel BGarcel

How many people will let their daughters depend on famous people like Selena or Miley to raise them and teach them how to be? I understand role models, but to let your children focus on them so much that they are emulating what their role models do without thinking for themselves is too much.

My daughter likes Miley and wanted to get a 'social commentary' tattoo after Miley got one of hers. I explained what tattoos should mean if she gets one and that it's more effective to be socially conscious in different ways for someone in her position. In Miley's case, getting a tattoo or something similiar to raise awareness is effective because she is famous, but it wont do much if my daughter did it. So my daughter completely understood. A friend of mine is in the same situation with her daughter but she has let her daughter follow Miley, depend on Miley. They argue over everything.

coupo... coupon_ash_back

just because we don't know, doesn't mean it isn't happening.


 

jessi... jessicasmom1

it can be done if one tries to do it

JAFE JAFE

I'm just not wild about putting someone else down to make someone else look good. Especially kids. This could have been written without the barbs towards Lohan and Cyrus. 

Shandi80 Shandi80

LL is not kid, she's an adult who has consistently made stupid choices. She's fair game.

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