Selena Gomez hosted the first Rare Impact Fund Benefit gala on October 7, 2023, to raise awareness and funds for mental health causes. The singer and actress, who launched her beauty brand Rare Beauty in 2020, looked radiant in three different glittery outfits and a new bob haircut. She also shared her personal struggles with mental health and how her diagnosis helped her understand herself better.

Selena Gomez’s glamorous looks for the Rare Impact Fund Benefit

The 31-year-old star changed into three eye-catching dresses throughout the night, each one more sparkly than the previous one. She started with a silver sequined Valentino halter gown with a train at the hemline and a 3D flower in the top half. She paired the look with a pair of Messika high-jewelry earrings and a sleek ponytail.

Selena Gomez dazzles in three stunning outfits and a new haircut at her mental health charity event
Selena Gomez dazzles in three stunning outfits and a new haircut at her mental health charity event

She then switched to a purple hand-embroidered Rahul Mishra mini-dress, named Iris, which “aims to imitate the petals of an Iris flower,” according to the official account of the Indian fashion designer. She kept the same earrings and shoes, but let her hair down in loose waves.

Her third and final outfit for the gala was a black Monse long-sleeve jungle print velvet dress with Amina Muaddi pumps. She also debuted her new bob-cut hair, which reached her shoulders and framed her face. Her stylist Erin Walsh praised her for leading a mission-driven life and wrote on Instagram, “Look at her glow! I think we are most beautiful when we are aligned in substance and style.”

Selena Gomez’s heartfelt speech about mental health

The pop star, who has been open about her struggles with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, spoke at the charity event about how she went through a really hard phase in life. She said that she felt hopeless at times and that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after seeking professional help.

She further explained how her diagnosis helped her understand her behavior better and how she learned to cope with her emotions. She also thanked her fans for their support and encouraged them to seek help if they need it. She said that she wants to make mental health a priority and that she hopes to create a community of acceptance and compassion through Rare Beauty.

Selena Gomez’s celebrity friends support the Rare Impact Fund Benefit

The singer’s mental health event was attended by several stars including Only Murders in the Building co-star Martin Short and producer Marshmello. Several other stars supported the event by offering a thing or experience for the gala. Some of the items that were auctioned off included:

  • A signed guitar by Taylor Swift
  • A dinner date with Jennifer Aniston
  • A cameo role in Stranger Things
  • A personal training session with Chris Hemsworth
  • A trip to Hawaii with Dwayne Johnson
  • A painting by Lady Gaga
  • A video call with BTS
  • A walk-on role in Spider-Man: No Way Home

The proceeds from the auction will go towards the Rare Impact Fund, which aims to raise $100 million over the next 10 years to provide access to mental health services for underserved communities.


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