Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
SELENA GOMEZ AT ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS
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.