Today is Selena Gomez's 19th birthday and we wanted to examine the young and talented star's transformation throughout the years. Gomez began her career at age seven playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. Ever since the singer/actress hit it big with her starring role on the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place, she’s been experimenting with her style. But the half Mexican, half Italian starlet hasn’t always been so confident about her exotic looks. She told Latina.com, “When I was younger I would say, “I wish I were blond and blue-eyed’ because that’s all I saw on TV. And because that’s all I would see, that’s all that I thought was beautiful.”
With the release of her third studio album, When the Sun Goes Down, and her new film, Monte Carlo, which was released earlier this summer, it’s clear that the gorgeous 19-year-old brunette has confidently grown into her own.
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2007: When the 15-year old first took on her role for Disney’s Wizard of Waverly Place she kept the makeup light and her naturally dark brown strands long and straight.
2008: Channeling her inner rock star, Selena sported clip-in red streaks for an edgier look.
2008: The young star worked some shiny, bouncy curls at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party.
2008: Selena played up one of her best features-her dark eyes with a Cleopatra-esque look.
2009: A sleek bob with light thin highlights complemented Selena’s alabaster complexion.
2010: Selena looked polished and chic sporting a textured braid at Nickelodeon’s 23rd Annual Kid’s Choice Awards.
2011: The mature multi-talented star looked timeless wearing her hair in a low side-bun with a classic red pout at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
2011: Selena goes for a subtle but edgy change sporting long extensions and two-toned strands.
On the cover for her new album, When the Sun Goes Down (pick it up on June 28th!), Selena rocks a retro look with elaborate hair jewelry, a sleek bob and fire-engine red lips.