Selena Gomez Now Posing in Just a Towel, Giant Hoop Earrings, and an Almost-Invisible Thong

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Selena Gomez, whose comeback has thus far consisted of an AMA speechhints that new music is coming, and a full-fledge social media return this weekend, is now doing an artsy, basically naked photo shoot. Photographer Mert Alas posted a shot of her wearing a barely-there nude thong, holding a towel, and doing her best come-hither look:

It's unclear what the images are for (album art? an upcoming editorial?), but Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, and Taylor Hill have already liked the post:

Gomez has done a similar type of shoot before in 2015, then for her Revival album art:

Fans themselves have had mixed reactions to the new photo, some accusing Gomez of going against her own AMA speech. "I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what's in here," Gomez said then, patting her heart. "I'm not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore."

Others defended her:

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Alyssa Bailey
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.