The crown Selena Gomez wears as the owner of Instagram's most followed account is heavy. She's let the account languish un-updated for months at a time. She also regularly deletes the app from her from phone due to mean comments; as she recently explained to The New York Times, "Imagine all the insecurities that you already feel about yourself and having someone write a paragraph pointing out every little thing—even if it’s just physical." In fact, she's told Vogue that the password to the account is now in the possession of an assistant.
Yet, unlike some of her peers, she's never outright deleted her account. Now would she ever dream of making it private.
In fact, she thinks all young people in the public eye should have public Instagram accounts.
Gomez, of course, has recently been making headlines for her efforts behind the camera. She's the producers of Netflix's buzzy hit show 13 Reasons Why, and served as something of a mentor for the series' young cast.
When Katherine Langford was cast in the lead role, the previous unknown just wanted to concentrate on acting and had no intention on pursuing the life of a social media-savvy fame ball. Indeed, she kept her Instagram account private and viewable only by friends, and was resistant to opening up to public conception.
“I didn’t want to make myself a consumable product. I just wanted to be able to do my job and then disappear,” Langford said in a new interview with The Last Magazine. She also noted she had anxiety about producing photos "cool" enough for public consumption.
And then Gomez sat her down.
“Selena pointed out that the show is targeting young adults like me and that [social media] is a good medium to talk directly with those who relate to my character, Hannah," she said.
Now, of course, the young actress has a public account with 1.8 million followers and she regularly posts "cool" photos of her hanging out with none other than Selena Gomez.
And now we have another piece of a puzzle that will someday, when completed, give us a full and clear understanding of Gomez's complicated relationship with the social media network of which she is queen. Sure, she hates it—she most definitely hates the comments, and she doesn't even personally use the app herself anymore. But, hey, it's still good for keeping around to connect with your fans and promote your projects.
And, of course, for posting selfies with the actresses you happen to Instagram mentor.
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