Selena Gomez covers Time magazine’s Firsts issue as the first person to reach 100 million Instagram followers, and the “Fetish” singer got candid about how social media can cause insecurity and how she stays true to herself.

“I am glad I grew up in the time that I did. I think it’s really hard to be a kid now, especially with social media,” she told Time. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to grow up with that. It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else’s life.”

The 25-year-old pop star’s ability to understand the pitfalls of social media has affected the way she shares her life with her fans. Mostly, she said, she makes it a point to show the world that her life is far from picture-perfect.

“That’s why I like being vulnerable with my fans on social media. I like that they’ve seen my mistakes. I try to use that as a way to connect with them. That’s all I can do. I hope that they know that strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a facade. Strength is being vulnerable.”

As Gomez has shown over the years across all of her social media, she takes any recognition very humbly, and her most recent honor is no different. Upon the “Firsts” project being unveiled, she took to her Instagram to share a heartfelt thank you and meaningful message to her fans about making a difference.

“Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to wake up every day knowing there is so much going on in the world,” she wrote. “At times I feel selfish, I ask why, I ask how can this change? Will it actually ever change? I try to contribute my heart before anything, because it can be so easy to lose the desire to have hope when sometimes all I want to be is angry. When I read about the beautiful women who wake up consciously every day to make a change, it inspires me to want to do so much more. Not really sure how I got so lucky @time but thank you for highlighting the power of what we can and will always strive to be. I believe in the goodness in the land of the living. I hope this is just the beginning of more change.”

Check out Selena’s post below and check out Time magazine’s Firsts feature here.

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