Selena Gomez Discusses the Importance of Staying Real on Social Media: 'Strength Is Being Vulnerable'

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Selena Gomez attends the We Day California 2017 on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.

When she's not blowing up radio airwaves or touring the world, Selena Gomez is ruling Instagram. With 126 million followers, she is undeniably the queen of the social platform -- and as the first user to reach 100 million Insta followers last September, the 25-year-old is now being recognized in Time magazine's "Firsts" project.

Deemed as "The Tastemaker" for her Instagram accomplishment, Gomez shared a personal story about her mom's influence on where she is today and growing up pre-social media. Yet, her humble upbringing is part of the reason she's so invested in her fans and social following.

"I am glad I grew up in the time that I did. I think it’s really hard to be a kid now, especially with social media," she told the magazine. "I can’t imagine what it would be like to grow up with that. It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else’s life. That’s why I like being vulnerable with my fans on social media. I like that they’ve seen my mistakes. I try to use that as a way to connect with them. That’s all I can do. I hope that they know that strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a facade. Strength is being vulnerable."

As the "Fetish" singer has shown over the years across all of her social media, she takes any recognition very humbly, and her most recent honor is no different. Upon the "Firsts" project being unveiled, Gomez took to her Instagram to share a heartfelt thank you and meaningful message about making a difference.

"Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to wake up every day knowing there is so much going on in the world," she wrote. "At times I feel selfish, I ask why, I ask how can this change? Will it actually ever change? I try to contribute my heart before anything, because it can be so easy to lose the desire to have hope when sometimes all I want to be is angry. When I read about the beautiful women who wake up consciously every day to make a change, it inspires me to want to do so much more. Not really sure how I got so lucky @time but thank you for highlighting the power of what we can and will always strive to be. I believe in the goodness in the land of the living. I hope this is just the beginning of more change."

Check out Gomez's post below.