Quick, someone cover Mickey Mouse’s eyes!
Selena Gomez, the former star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” (and girlfriend to teen dream Justin Bieber), has decided to shed some clothes as well as her squeaky-clean image in the upcoming film “Spring Breakers,” in which the 19-year-old sensation takes on subjects like sex, drugs, booze and jail all while looking like she’s straight out of a “Girls Gone Wild” video.
Gomez isn’t the first post-pubescent Disney star to shun a previously pristine image. Newly engaged 19-year-old “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus has had her share of controversies, including a raunchy pole-dancing performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, and a YouTube video of her taking a bong hit of what she said was salvia, a legal, marijuana-like substance.
So far, Cyrus’ transformation hasn’t sat well with her fans, if the box office failure of her racy 2012 film “LOL” is any indication. So could Gomez’s newfound sexy image end up costing her the fans that made her a star? At least one Disney teen star doesn’t think so.
“She could have really loved the script. It doesn’t mean that it was plotted or planned,” said Kiely Williams, one of the stars of Disney’s wildly successful “The Cheetah Girls” franchise, who knows Gomez and her fellow “Spring Breakers” co-star Vanessa Hudgens from their time spent together working the Disney circuit. “In a movie, you are just putting on a character. It’s not like putting yourself out there in a racy music video.”