Selena Gomez poses topless for controversial V Magazine shoot
Selena Gomez has appeared topless in a controversial shoot for V Magazine.
The 22-year-old former Disney star appeared on the front cover wearing high-waisted denim shorts, red hoop earrings and her hair in a long, black perm with a red bow.
The cover has been met with controversy, primarily because Gomez has been styled to look younger than her years in the seductive shots.
In other shots throughout the spread, Gomez is shown wearing a child-sized cowboy hat with pink flowers in her hair.
One commenter on V Magazine's Facebook page described Gomez as being styled like a child beauty queen, saying: "She looks like one of those children who are entered into a pageant by their parents."
Another commenter agreed, saying: "Your perverse photo shoot of Selena Gomez makes her look like a child. Inappropriate and fodder for paedophiles."
The Heart Wants What It Wants singer isn't the first child star to mark her transition into adulthood with a revealing photoshoot.
Miley Cyrus was just 15 when she was photographed by Annie Liebovitz in a bed sheet for Vanity Fair, while Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin posed topless in a bubble bath for celebrity photographer Tyler Shields aged 17.
In her V Magazine interview, conducted by actor James Franco, Gomez spoke openly about her high-profile former relationship with Justin Bieber, which ended in 2013.
Gomez started dating the Baby singer in December 2010, when she was still starring in the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverley Place. During their relationship, the couple were dubbed "Jelena" by the media and their fans, and were routinely followed by the paparazzi.
"It almost felt like all we had was each other, like the world was against us, in a way," she told V Magazine.
"It was really weird but it was incredible. I would never take it back in a million years."
However, Gomez said that, when love next comes around, she will probably do things differently.
"I think the next time will be much different...which will definitely not be any time soon. That's a growing up kind of thing. I was 18 years old, and it was my first love.
"The older I get, I'm guarding certain things more."