While appearing at the virtual Teen Vogue Summit on Saturday, the 28-year-old star opened up about how learning about herself inspired her long-awaited third studio album, Rare, and her new beauty brand of the same name.

“The whole theme of my last album was a lot of self-discovery, a lot of being OK, being alone and being vulnerable, being OK with not looking like everything else, like everyone else,” she said during a panel. “And I think for me, there’s so much that I want my brand [Rare Beauty] to feel like.”

Gomez also noted that feeling comfortable with oneself can take a lot of work, explaining that to believe in one’s dreams “requires a check-in with yourself.”

“Why do you want to do the things that you’re doing. Are you going to be able to show up for those things? Are you patient with yourself? There are so many questions that you have to ask yourself,” the singer said. “But at the same time, it’s equally as important to surround yourself with people who are the ones that are challenging you, the ones that are believing in you, because like I said earlier, there’s a lot of people, even to this day that, you know, say ‘no’ to me, and even when nobody you know what I mean it’s, you know, when I was younger, I had so many reasons to stop.”

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