Selena Marie Gomez ( sə-LEE-nə GOH-mez; born July 22, 1992) is an American singer, actress, businesswoman and producer. Gomez has won numerous accolades, including an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, broke 16 Guinness World Records, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and four Emmy Awards. Gomez is one of the most influential people on social media; she is the most followed woman on Instagram with over 420 million followers, and one of the most followed person on Twitter. Gomez was included in Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2020), and was named Woman of the Year (2017).
Gomez began her career as a child actress, starring on the children's television series Barney & Friends (2002–2004). She rose to prominence and emerged as a teen idol, for her leading role as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012). As the lead vocalist, she formed the pop rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene, and released three commercially successful studio albums.
Her EDM and electropop-inspired first solo album, Stars Dance (2013), topped the Billboard 200 and achieved global success with the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. top-ten song "Come & Get It". Gomez broke many world records with her second album, Revival (2015), topping the U.S., and spawning three commercially successful singles: "Good for You", "Same Old Love", and "Hands to Myself". Her third chart topper album, Rare (2020), became her third consecutive number-one album in the U.S. Its lead single "Lose You to Love Me", became a worldwide hit and her first number-one in the U.S. and Canada. Her first Grammy-nominated, Spanish-language EP, Revelación, was released in 2021. Gomez also has many globally successful collaborations: "We Don't Talk Anymore", "It Ain't Me", "Taki Taki", and "Calm Down".
Gomez has starred in multiple films, and voiced Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise (2012–2022). On television, she produced the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020), and was an executive producer and star in her cooking show Selena + Chef (2020–2022). Gomez is an executive producer and main character in the mystery comedy series Only Murders in the Building (2021–present), for which she has received critical acclaim and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
A philanthropist, Gomez works with various charities organizations, helping them raise awareness about mental health, gender, racial, LGBT equality and often works with children, women and those in need. She has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2009; for many years being the youngest. Gomez launched her mission focus brand Rare Beauty in 2020. She also founded the Rare Impact Fund with a portion of the beauty sales going towards their goal of raising a US$100 million by 2030, to expand Mental Health Services and education for young people around the world.