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SE­LENA GOMEZ AT AN­NUAL HIS­PANIC HER­ITAGE AWARDS

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The 28-year-old ac­tress re­ceived the hon­our for her 'im­pact on Amer­i­can and global cul­ture through her mu­sic, movies but also for her courage as an ad­vo­cate for men­tal health.' Gomez re­motely ac­cepted the award dur­ing Tues­day evening's broad­cast of the 33rd An­nual His­panic Her­itage Awards on PBS.

She de­liv­ered a heart­felt ac­cep­tance speech that briefly touched on her jour­ney with men­tal health and en­cour­aged oth­ers to 'to con­tinue to be­lieve in their dreams.'

'I want to con­tinue know­ing that just be­cause of who I am, and just be­cause of the hard work I do, I hope that it just in­spires so many peo­ple to con­tinue to be­lieve in their dreams, be­lieve that they're ca­pa­ble, that they can -- no mat­ter what,' Se­lena, be­gan.

She went on to dis­cuss the power that comes with be­ing a pub­lic fig­ure and that she is proud to use her voice for good. 'And I'm just re­ally grate­ful that I have had so many beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties, and to be a voice in the com­mu­nity means a lot. And it's a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, and I love that.'

She added. 'And I prom­ise more to come in the fu­ture for all kinds of stuff. So thank you!'

Se­lena made sure to ad­dress her pas­sion for men­tal health aware­ness and how learning about the com­plex in­tri­ca­cies in­spired her to help those with af­flic­tions sim­i­lar to her own.

'I ac­tu­ally think that a lot of the an­swers I got for men­tal health just made me stronger,' she re­vealed. 'It gave me knowl­edge and I want noth­ing more than to help peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same thing,' con­cluded the Wiz­ards Of Waverly Place star.

The 33rd An­nual His­panic Her­itage Awards was hosted by Se­bas­tian Ya­tra.

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