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Selena Gomez is releasing a makeup line to coincide with her album Rare— and some aren’t happy about it.
Gomez recently repurposed the Instagram account, which she had used to promote her Revival tour in 2016, for the upcoming makeup line, Rare Beauty. Some are upset because they believe this was done to create a false narrative that she gained those followers for the brand organically.
“I can’t believe Selena Gomez took her old Revival Tour page that had almost 950k followers… changed it to Rare Beauty to feed the narrative that she gained this many followers this quick… I-” a Rihanna stan account wrote in a now-viral tweet.
I can't believe Selena Gomez took her old Revival Tour page that had almost 950k followers....changed it to Rare Beauty to feed the narrative that she gained this many followers this quick....I- https://t.co/AeoSmUzsq4— Where's R9? (@LebanonRih) February 4, 2020
One follower of the tour account–now Rare Beauty account–shared their confusion regarding the account switch.
“I think selena gomez hacked me and made me follow this account because i don’t remember following it at all,” they commented on one of the account’s posts.
Another asked if the brand was “the official sponsor for the tour.”
Others aren’t as concerned with the account switch. They just can’t seem to wrap their heads around why Gomez is starting a makeup brand.
“Selena Gomez, queen of chapstick and mascara looks and being orange at the met gala, is starting a makeup line?” one user questioned. “Folks that’s what we call a cash grab.”
selena gomez, queen of chapstick and mascara looks and being orange at the met gala, is starting a makeup line? folks that’s what we call a cash grab https://t.co/sRkmW3CJeF— fml (@sophia_fml) February 5, 2020
Her inexperience as a beauty influencer and history of past blunders is the main sticking point for many online.
“Not Selena Gomez wanting us to buy her new makeup line when she showed up to the met gala looking like this,” another user tweeted, along with a photo of Gomez at the 2018 Met Gala, where a liberal application of spray tan left her with an orange tint.
not selena gomez wanting us to buy her new makeup line when she showed up to the met gala looking like this pic.twitter.com/gGtUL88iHT— alli from the cul de sac (@anxietypartay) February 5, 2020
Still, there are others questioning why “every celebrity” needs to release a makeup line–apart from Rihanna, who is known to be a makeup aficionado and has a beauty brand that is highly revered.
“I am so sorry, but why the fuck do all these celebrities want makeup brands,” Twitter user @__kgreene__ wrote. “I have never seen Selena Gomez express an interest in makeup lmfao the beauty industry is just a money grab at this point.”
I am so sorry, but why the fuck do all these celebrities want makeup brands? I have never seen Selena Gomez express an interest in makeup lmfao the beauty industry is just a money grab at this point— Penny Proud (@__kgreene__) February 4, 2020
i love selena but why do every celebrity even create a beauty brand when we all know that fenty beauty will remain as the most iconic of them all— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, fabien (@replemonade) February 4, 2020
fenty beauty is the only celebrity line we need. lady gaga flopped. selena probably will, too 🤷🏻♀️ if she doesnt then i will apologize but i dont think ill need to— Matt 😩🤘🏼 (@VeaVaLoe) February 4, 2020
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.