Since August, Miley Cyrus has swung naked from a wrecking ball, twerked at the VMA ceremony and covered her naked body in metallic-silver paint for a rap music video, making headlines every time.
While Cyrus’ antics have people looking past her “Hannah Montana” image, not every former child star agrees you need to literally strip to evolve as an artist.
When Selena Gomez, who also started her career on Disney, stopped one of her recent concerts to deliver a speech on what’s sexy, it seemed as though it could have been targeted right at Cyrus.
“I get it all day, every day, that I’m not sexy enough” Gomez, 21, told fans at a concert this week on her “Stars Dance” tour. “Let me tell you one thing: the sexiest thing, I think, actually, I know, is class and that’s it.”
Gomez, the ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber, seems to have the record sales to back up her more-is-less approach. Her most recent album, “Stars Dance,” released earlier this year, hit No. 1 on the billboard charts with career high sales for the “Come and Get It” singer.
“Selena embracing her wholesomeness has not hurt her popularity yet and that is the message that she is sending,” Carlos Greer of People magazine said. “[That] you don’t have to be sexy. You can actually wear clothes and act your age.”
Gomez got praise from singer Kelly Clarkson after her own MTV VMA performance, with Clarkson tweeting, “Dear Selena Gomez, you are by far one of the most beautiful, sexy, classy things on this planet.”
Even non-singing celebrities are weighing in on the topic of young starlets revealing all to make it big.
Rashida Jones, a star of “Parks and Recreation” and the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones, unleashed a series of tweets Saturday asking why society is accepting scantily-clad stars as “the norm.”
“There is a whole generation of young women watching,” she wrote, including the hashtag #stopactinglikewhores in a separate tweet. “Sure, be SEXY but leave something to the imagination.”