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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
Adolescent and tween-age girls need positive female pop stars to look up to, and it's looking like Selena Gomez is primed to take the spot that Miley Cyrus once filled. Gomez's single "WHO SAYS" is an uplifting song about seeing and realizing the beauty in yourself, despite what others may say. The video shows Gomez happily shedding the "shell" of beauty -- designer gown and photo shoot make-up -- down to her bare feet and natural beauty, saying, "I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me."
Is it any good?
Although she's cute as a button, Gomez was in danger of becoming yet another interchangeable Disney pop star. "Who Says" reveals a slightly more abrasive, organic quality to Gomez's voice that's refreshing, real, and much more appealing. Different from her previous club-friendly singles, "Who Says," which features Gomez's band, The Scene, is acoustic pop with singable lyrics and a catchy chorus that makes you feel good about yourself: "I wouldn't wanna be anybody else."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the song shrugs off the idea that there's only one type of beauty and embraces the fact that there's beauty in all of us. Do you think there's enough of this kind of positive empowerment in entertainment today?
What does it mean to be a positive role model? Do you think it's fair to expect celebrities, especially those on networks like Disney, to be positive role models for young fans? Do you think younger fans can distinguish between the character that they love on a show and the real person?
What does the phrase "judging a book by its cover" mean? Can you think of an instance where you might have judged someone solely based on the way they looked or dressed?