Back in July, just hours after celebrating her first legal drink, Selena Gomez proclaimed "I am becoming a woman" -- and in case you didn't hear her, she sang it at the top of her lungs throughout the daring and very un-Disney Stars Dance.
Since then, she's come under quite a bit of fire for what some have deemed offensive lyrics --but from the looks of her interview with indie magazine Flaunt, she's come out unscathed.
In the latest cover story for the oft-controversial glossy, Gomez debuts a chic, Parisian-looking bob cut and gives a woman's glance to the camera. But being a woman is more than donning sexy lingerie -- it's taking responsibility for your actions, and having the strength to stand up to your detractors head-on.
And that's exactly what she does in Flaunt. Most specifically, she's addressing a little comment indie-pop darling Lorde made about her Stars Dance hit "Come & Get It."
"I'm a feminist and the theme of her song is, ' 'When you're ready come and get it from me,'" Lorde said of the hit earlier this year. "I'm sick of women being portrayed this way."
It's a statement that Lorde later defended to MTV News --"I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can't help but express those, which I think people appreciate," she said --and it's one that has been backed up by other feminists. The Stars Dance track is ripe with fodder for feminist fire, after all --she sings "I'll be sittin' right here, real patient / All day, all night, I'll be waitin' standby" before breaking into the seductive the chorus of "If you're ready come and get it" -- but in her sit-down with Flaunt, Gomez maintained that the "Royals" singer is actually the one holding women back.
"That's not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That's my honest opinion, that's what I would say to her if I saw her," she said. "I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I've done so far... I'm not sure if I'm going to continue that."