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Celebrate Selena Gomez's 24th Birthday With a Look Back at Her Stunning Evolution

Jul 22 2016 - 4:00pm

Selena Gomez [1] has created such a huge name for herself as a singer, big-screen actress, and style star [2] that it's easy to forget that she got her start on the Disney Channel, playing the lead role of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place from 2008 to 2012. The young songstress turns 24 on July 22 and like any child star trying to navigate their way through adulthood in the public eye, Selena's life hasn't been without pitfalls; she spent time in a treatment center [3] for two weeks back in January 2014, a stay that her rep said was "not for substance abuse," and has been at the center of rumors concerning her famous friendships with Taylor Swift [4], Kendall Jenner, and Demi Lovato, as well as her on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber (and let's not even get started on his recent career setbacks [5]).

While Selena's journey has included its fair share of ups and downs, it's worth noting that the actress and singer seems to be experiencing a lot of the same things that many women in their early 20s go through; friends coming and going [6], relationships falling apart (and rekindling), doing a little partying, and even getting tattoos [7]. We're taking a look back at Selena's evolution from cute Disney kid to smokin' hot Hollywood star — scroll through to see the memorable moments.

Source: Getty / Venturelli [8]

May 2007

A fresh-faced Selena attended the LA premiere of Shrek the Third.

May 2007

She walked the red carpet at the Anaheim, CA, premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

August 2007

Selena posed with Minnie Mouse at the Disneyland premiere of High School Musical 2 in Anaheim, CA.

February 2008

A young Selena and Demi Lovato posed together at a Chevy event in LA.

June 2008

Selena posed with a pair of young fans at an AIDS benefit event in LA.

July 2008

She struck a pose at the VH1 Rock Honors event in LA.

August 2008

At the Teen Choice Awards in LA, Selena met up with her pals Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus [9].

August 2008

Selena got glammed up for a night out with Jessica Alba [10] at the ALMA Awards in LA.

September 2008

Selena was all smiles during an autograph signing for Wizards of Waverly Place fans in NYC.

September 2008

Selena stayed close to Taylor Swift [11] at the LA premiere of Another Cinderella Story.

October 2008

She hit the catwalk for Runway For Life in LA.

October 2008

Selena launched the first ever Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in NYC.

November 2008

Selena showed off her new bangs at the CNN Heroes event in LA.

January 2009

Selena posed with a furry friend at the LA premiere of Hotel For Dogs.

June 2009

She posed with her mom, Mandy Teefey, at an LA charity carnival.

August 2009

Selena accepted the Teen Choice Award for choice Summer TV star at the ceremony in LA.

September 2009

Selena and her Wizards of Waverly Place costars celebrated their outstanding children's program win at the Creative Emmy Awards.

October 2009

Selena turned heads in a black dress at the Hollywood Style Awards in LA.

November 2009

She linked up with Shakira [12] at the American Music Awards in LA.

December 2009

A young Selena and Justin Bieber hugged while attending New Year's Rockin' Eve in Las Vegas.

March 2010

Selena teared up while accepting her trophy for favorite TV actress at the Kids' Choice Awards in LA.

July 2010

Selena and her Ramona and Beezus costar Joey King promoted the film together at a Miami meet-and-greet event.

July 2010

Selena sat front row with Kim Kardashian [13] for the Beach Bunny Swimwear fashion show in Miami.

September 2010

Selena seemed to be breaking out of her shell in a sexy silver dress at the MTV VMAs in LA.

December 2010

She sang her heart out at the Jingle Ball in NYC.

January 2011

Selena and Taylor Swift [14] celebrated their respective People's Choice Award wins — favorite breakout artist and favorite country artist — backstage at the ceremony in LA.

February 2011

A mature-looking Selena waved to her fans at the LA premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

February 2011

Selena and Justin Bieber had a very adult-looking date night at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in LA.

March 2011

She and Justin Bieber showed major PDA while on vacation together in Maui.

April 2011

She shared a sweet hug with Cory Monteith [15] on the Kids' Choice Awards red carpet in LA.

May 2011

Selena and Justin Bieber cuddled up in their seats at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

May 2011

She showed some cleavage during a performance at KIIS FM's Wango Tango show in LA.

June 2011

Selena blew a kiss to the camera at the MTV Movie Awards in LA.

August 2011

Selena buddied up with Demi Lovato at the Teen Choice Awards in LA.

August 2011

Selena showed off a sexier, more mature look at the MTV VMAs in LA.

November 2011

For the MTV Europe Awards, Selena wore a flirty dress and heels.

November 2011

She kept the glamour going at the American Music Awards, where she and boyfriend Justin Bieber showed PDA on the red carpet.

February 2012

Selena brought her mom, Mandy Teefey, as her lovely date to the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in LA.

March 2012

Selena showed some skin at the Kids' Choice Awards in LA.

March 2012

Selena hit the beach while filming Spring Breakers in Florida.

April 2012

She and on-again boyfriend Justin Bieber were on the Kiss Cam during an LA Lakers game.

June 2012

Selena launched her first fragrance at Macy's in NYC.

July 2012

Selena celebrated her 20th birthday on stage at the Teen Choice Awards in LA.

September 2012

Selena stunned on the red carpet at her first Venice Film Festival, where she premiered Spring Breakers with Vanessa Hudgens [16], Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco [17], and director Harmony Korine.

November 2012

Selena was the recipient of a Glamour woman of the year award at the annual ceremony in NYC.

November 2012

She announced a global partnership with the Adidas NEO label at a big event in LA.

January 2013

Selena went short and glitzy for the InStyle Golden Globes afterparty in LA.

February 2013

Selena slipped into a sexy pantsuit and posed with her Spring Breakers costars Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens [18] at the film's premiere in Germany.

March 2013

Selena showed off her figure at the SXSW screening of Spring Breakers in Austin.

March 2013

She palled around with Katy Perry [19] and Kristen Stewart [20] at the Kids' Choice Awards in LA.

April 2013

Selena caught some flak around the time her single "Come & Get It" was released in 2013; many groups found her wearing of bindis — as well as her Indian-inspired performance at the MTV Movie Awards — offensive.

May 2013

Despite the backlash over her performance, Selena hit the stage in similar Indian-inspired garb at the Billboard Music Awards.

August 2013

Taylor Swift [21] and Selena matched their dresses for the MTV VMAs in NYC.

August 2013

Selena walked the red carpet with Ethan Hawke [22] at the LA premiere of their action flick, Getaway.

October 2013

Selena relaxed in a bikini [23] with friends during a break from her Stars Dance tour in Miami.

November 2013

She showed off her silly side with a group of kids at a Salvation Army event in Texas.

November 2013

To launch her supersexy cover for Flaunt magazine [24], Selena wore an equally sultry look at a party in her honor in Beverly Hills, CA.

December 2013

She vamped things up during a performance at Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC.

January 2014

Selena partied with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow [25] and Reese Witherspoon [26] at the Stand Up to Cancer benefit event in LA.

March 2014

Selena stepped out solo for Vanity Fair's post-Oscars bash in LA.

March 2014

Selena took home the Kids' Choice Award for favorite female singer at the annual ceremony in LA.

April 2014

Selena wore a little black dress for the Alliance For Children's Rights dinner in LA.

May 2014

Selena was the picture of a glamour girl at the American Ballet Opening Night Gala in NYC.

July 2014

After going braless in NYC and sporting a bustier look, rumors swirled that Selena had gone under the knife.

July 2014

Selena showed off her new tattoo [27] while attending the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy.

November 2014

Selena delivered a heart wrenching performance [28] of her single "The Heart Wants What It Wants" at the American Music Awards.

May 2015

Selena stole the show at the Met Gala [29] in a backless white Vera Wang gown. It's official, folks: she's all grown up.

August 2015

Selena joined Taylor Swift and the rest of the "Bad Blood" video squad [30] on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs.

November 2015

The singer outshone the models at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show when she took the stage and delivered an amazing performance of her hit songs [31], "Can't Keep my Hands to Myself" and "My Girls."

February 2016

Selena and Taylor made the cutest pair when they showed up to the Grammy Awards together [32].

May 2016

After kicking off her Revival Tour [33], the star celebrated with a sexy night out in Sin City [34].

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