At Selena Gomez’s recent Miami concert she gave a heart-wrenching tribute to Christina Grimmie, who was tragically shot by a crazed fan last Friday. Christina was Selena’s friend and opening act in her We Own The Night tour. The two had been friends since the age of 14 when Selena’s step-father became Grimmie’s manager.
Selena began the tribute by saying a few words about her late friend, “And one thing about Christina and her family, is that she holds her faith so closely to her. It’s not about her religion, and it’s not about good deeds. It’s just that she had faith. And I don’t really understand how this happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
Selena sang the song “Transformation” before breaking down and mouthing the words “I’m sorry.” We’ve never seen Selena so heartbroken, even in the Bieber days.
The attack on Christina happened just before the largest mass shooting in US history, which also took place in Orlando, Flo. Florida is currently under fire, receiving serious criticism of their lax gun laws.
Selena Gomez dropped her third solo studio album just last week. And she celebrated the years-in-the-making project by getting some new ink on Wednesday night. And we got thinking —did you know all these celebrities have neck tattoos too? Read on for more.
Selena Gomez celebrated the release of her long-awaited third album Rare by getting a new tattoo.
Taking to social media, the pop star revealed she’d inked the album’s title on her neck, just below her right ear. “Did it again…rare,” Gomez captioned a video of herself checking out the finished product in the mirror for the first time, also tagging famed New York City tattoo shop Bang Bang NYC.
The dainty tattoo—written in the same script as the album’s cover art—isn’t her first one.
Although the singer’s brand new tattoo is just the most recent of her extensivecollection, it does seem to be the first ink to directly reference one of her three solo studio sets. Her latest album features Hot 100 chart topper “Lose You To Love Me” and “Look At Her Now,” Rare serves as a years-in-the-making follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival.
Stars are always looking for new ways to express themselves…
Sometimes artists choose to convey their sensibility with particularly challenging acting roles or with the next top 40 ballad and other times with body art. So, how well do you know these oft-hidden works of celebrity ink? Keep reading to test your knowledge of stars’ neck tattoos.
Eva Longoria’s regretful ‘nine’
The “Desperate Housewives” star got this tattoo in honor of her husband, basketball star Tony Parker, who’s jersey number is —you guessed it— No. 9. After their marriage collapsed in late 2010 amid allegations Tony cheated, Eva began the painful process of having this tattoo (and two others that paid homage to the basketball star) removed.
Victoria Beckham’s Hebrew tattoo
The former pop star has a quote from the Song of Solomon etched in Hebrew down the back of her neck and spine in honor of her sixth wedding anniversary —although, she famously wanted to get it removed in the early 2010s, we’re not too sure whether the ink is still there.
Jessica Alba’s little flower
The actress got this tiny design of a daisy and ladybug tattooed on the back of her neck years and years ago.
Vanessa Hudgens’ first tattoo
The “Spring Breakers” actress got the tattoo at New York City’s celeb-friendly tattoo parlor Bang Bang Tattoos in February 2011. “A butterfly landed on my mom’s stomach a week before I was born and that’s how I got my name, because Vanessa means butterfly —it’s a Latin derivative,” the “High School Musical” alum explained on “Late Show With David Letterman.”
The super star’s neck tat reads “rebelle fleur,” which actually translates to the equivalent of “flower rebellious” rather than the intended “rebellious flower” or “rebel flower.” In 2011, the singer launched her first fragrance for women, which she similarly named Reb’l Fleur.
Justin Bieber’s Patience and Angel Wing Neck Tattoos
The Canadian singer-songwriter has ‘Patience’ inked vertically in a Gothic style font along the right side of his neck. He also has a tattoo of two black and grey angel wings on the back of his neck.
The popular rapper has the American sign language gesture for “I Love You” and a small black star inked behind her right ear. She also had the name “Samuel” in red ink tattooed just below her neck —although that one has probably been removed by now.
Offset’s tribute to Cardi
Nothing says “I love you forever” like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your neck. Migos rapper Offset apparently had “Cardi B” inked on his neck along with a cartoon image of Powerpuff Girls character Buttercup (a fave of Cardi B).
Few films have gotten the honor of reaching cult teen movie status like the 2000 classic “Bring It On.” The film, a mega-hit about two dueling cheerleader teams, has stood the test of time. Though it’s a movie about cheerleading on its surface, the themes of cultural appropriation and female empowerment are still relevant today. Nearly 20 years later, the antics of the Toros and the Clovers continue to be an entertaining watch. Still, we can’t help thinking how much better “Bring It On” would be if it was given a touch of the Latinidad with a fresh recast.
1. Selena Gomez as Torrence
Perky Torrence is the brand new cheer squad captain of the Rancho Carne Toros. The excitement of her new position quickly dulls when she realizes that she’s got some big shoes to fill. Originally played by Kirsten Dunst, Selena Gomez is perfect actress to fill this role. We know Gomez already has some killer moves already and that bubbly attitude of hers just screams “head cheerleader.”
2. Becky G as Missy
Full of fierce attitude, Missy is the new girl in school. Since Rancho Carne doesn’t have a gymnastics team, Missy has to settle for the next best thing — even if that means putting up with the air headed cheer team. Played by Eliza Dushku in the OG “Bring It On,” pop star Becky G is just the mujer to bring the Chigona POV to the Toros.
3. Tyler Posey as Cliff
Dreamboat Cliff is also new to Ranco Carne and he already has his sights on Torrence. Jesse Bradford played Cliff in the original movie but for our Latinx version, Tyler Posey is our guy. Charming high school senior by day, alternative rocker at night; we can totally see Posey crooning a love song to Gomez’s Torrence.
4. Cardi B as Isis
Head-Boss-Lady-In-Charge, Isis is the cheer captain of the East Compton Clovers. When she discovers the Toros have been stealing their moves, she rallies her Clovers to win Nationals. Played by Gabriel Union in the original movie, Cardi B is the only Afro-Latina who can bring the same level of fierceness to the role. We already know Cardi has the moves and there’s no question she can rep the Clovers as their leader.
5. Bella Thorne as Big Red
The former boss of the Toros, Big Red — played by Lindsay Sloane — is a force of nature. Not above flat out cheating to get what she wants, Big Red is the one who stole the Clovers’ routine for nationals. With this baggage, it’s going to take a formidable Latina to fill this role. That’s why Bella Thorne, with her fiery red hair and stellar acting chops, would be a perfect fit for our Latina Big Red.
6. Francia Raísa as Courtney
A member of the Rancho Carne Toros, Courtney is all confidence and sex appeal. She also has very strong opinions about who should and shouldn’t be a cheerleader and isn’t afraid to let it be known. Originally played by Clare Kramer, Francia Raísa is the perfect candidate for this role as she already has experience with the “Bring It On” franchise. The “Grown-ish” star played a cheerleader in “Bring It On: All Or Nothing.”
7. Auli’i Cravalho as Whitney
Dedicated cheerleader perfectionist Whitney is Courtney’s partner in crime. Just like Courtney, Whitney is very committed to the legacy of the Toros. Unfortunately, this dedication pushes the team into some questionable decisions. Originally played by Nicole Bilderback, Puerto Rican-Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho would bring a fresh dynamic to this role.
8. Diego Boneta as Aaron
In the original “Bring It On,” Richard Hillman plays Torrence’s boyfriend and former Torro, Aaron. At first, he seems like a handsome and wholesome all-American guy but, in actuality, he’s a no-good cheater. Actor Diego Boneta has all of Aaron’s charm and is handsome enough to play this role in the Latinx reboot. He also has the acting talent to portray the POV of a dirty cheater.
9. Kehlani as Jenelope
A member of the Clovers, Jenelope is a girl who is not here for anyone else’s attitude. Originally played by R&B artist Natina Reed, this role definitely needs another boss artist for the Latinx reboot. Afro-Latina and American singer/songwriter Kehlani can bring the pose and the moves to this Clover.
10. Herizen Gaurdiola as Lava
Isis’ other Clover comadre, Lava is just as heated about the Toros stealing their moves as her name suggests. Shamari Fears originally played Lava but, for the reboot, we need an awesome Afro-Latina actress. Herizen Guardiola of Netflix’s “The Get Down” is just who we need to bring fresh flavor to this supporting role.
11. John Leguizamo as Sparky Polastri
Eccentric, mean and intimidating, Sparky Polastri is a so-called professional dance coach. The Toros call him in when things start looking desperate but his methods are totally bizarre. To make matters worse, the routine he sells them has also been sold to rival cheer teams. The wacky performance was originally done by Ian Roberts but we can totally see John Leguizamo in this memorable role.
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