Is Selena Gomez Channeling Early Jennifer Lopez in New Video?
Lopez in the 1997 film 'Selena'; Gomez in 2013 [Photo: ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection]
Did the Disney star choose JLo as her inspiration for her transition to a more adult image? We can't say for sure, but based on these striking comparisons, all signs point to yes. A vision of inimitable beauty, strength and swag, Gomez as a long ways to go before she can exude the same sultry vibe as Lopez, but she's on her way. Her latest single "Slow Down" is a electronic-laced dance pop song similar to Lopez's own 1999 song "Waiting For Tonight," and the premise for both music videos are almost identical. Both leading ladies are dancing in front of flashing lights and sweating in dance floor crowds. The only big difference is that Gomez is in Paris and Lopez is on a tropical party island.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Even Gomez's dancing seems like an attempt to emulate Lopez's early years as a Fly Girl on '90s sketch comedy show 'In Living Color.' But given that Lopez was a dancer before making waves as an actress and singer, her moves are much more advanced than Gomez's at this point. Still, Gomez's choreographed moves bears enough similarity to point out.
Lopez's 1999 video 'Waiting For Tonight' appears to have inspired Gomez's 'Slow Down'.
The parallels don't end there, Selena has been taking on Jennifer's looks on stage too, wearing a long-sleeved crop top and baggy pants combo similar to the many looks JLo rocked in the early 2000s.
But perhaps the most interesting comparison is the fact that Gomez wore an outfit and hairdo in "Slow Down" that is almost identical to one that Lopez wore when portraying Tejano singer Selena Perez in the 1997 autobiographical movie "Selena." Also, Selena Gomez is named after the slain singer, having been born three years before her death. So many connections!