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Selena Gomez isn't your typical Disney bred triple-threat. She has a band, not a solo singing career. She gracefully left her award-winning show, Wizards of Waverly Place, to the dismay of many adoring fans. And, she's straight forward about her affordable line for Kmart, Dream Out Loud.
When we approached the venue of her Friday meet and greet, Philadelphia's Market Street Kmart, we were shocked by the crowd she drew—a line consisting of tweens, teens, parents and crowd-control employees alike poured over the sidewalk for eight blocks, all of this hours before the doors even opened. Chanting for Selena and Kmart along with some group singing of her hit songs filled the air with the occasional sob of excitement from a tired fan. First in line fans let us know that they arrived promptly at 9:00, a small price to pay to meet your idol (that's 9:00pm on Thursday, by the way).
South Philly native, Lauren Angelina, age 11, had been patiently waiting in line to meet Gomez since 5:00am wearing her Friday best. "I love her singing," she told us, "and her show, Wizards of Waverly Place. I may cry when it ends." Rumors of Selena and her famous boyfriend, Justin Bieber, being in town the day before had Lauren and her friends fanatical with excitement. "We tried to find them all day yesterday. We even sent our parents out to look for them in Philadelphia." When asked if she wore some past lines of Selena's Dream Out Loud brand, Angelina exclaimed "Yep!" like we even had to ask.
Gomez, who is famous for dedication to her fans, has been touring and performing non-stop for her new album with meet and greets like this one, and promoting her new line along the way. We were able to get a few questions in with her all about the line before she took the stage. Sadly, Bieber was off limits.
Racked: So, how did the idea for Dream Out Loud come about?
Selena: I just remember when I was younger, all of my friends—all of the clothes that my friends wore were all of these different lines and I could never really afford them. Like, most of the T-shirts were like $45.00. So, I wanted to make a line that was really simple, that was classic that you could dress down and that was really affordable for my fans.
Racked: Are there any specific pieces that you are really excited about with this particular season of the line?
Selena: We actually wanted to make the fall line kind of preppy in just the sense of going back to school. So, we do have a lot of plaids. There is a cute plaid skirt and there are a lot of boots that we have, and then sweaters and layering pieces that are really sweet.
Racked: A lot of fans look up to your great style. Is there anyone that you personally are inspired by, fashion-wise?
Selena: I really love Sarah Jessica Parker's style—like her casual style. Her red carpet style is totally her and individual. I don't know if I could pull off half of the things she wears. But, her everyday style is really kind of preppy mixed in with boho and it's really so pretty.
Racked: Following fashion, do you think that one day you may want to expand to have other lines to your name?
Selena: I think right now, and the time that I am with my generation, I definitely feel that Kmart is the best choice for me, because obviously, they can capture my line the way I want it and the prices can stay at a minimum. But, one day, I would love to maybe do a high-end fashion line. That would be really fun.—Payton Wang
· Dream Out Loud [Kmart]