Selena Gomez Pens Sweet Message to 'Kind and Smart' BFF Theresa Marie Mingus
By Desiree Murphy
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Selena Gomez is helping her friends open up to be the best versions of themselves they can be.
It appears the triple threat star has added another new hobby to her long list of passions. Earlier this week, Gomez posted a video of herself interviewing BFF Theresa Marie Mingus, who just launched a new swimwear line, along with an incredibly sweet message about her "beautiful, kind and smart" friend.
"I met Theresa 5 years ago. We worked together and became best friends," Gomez, 26, captioned a photo of the two. "She has taught me how to see life in a fun, carefree and uplifting way. She has shown me how to be a strong and fearless woman."
"I saw how capable she was of achieving her dreams," the singer continued. "I wanted nothing more than to see her pursue them and soar. And here you are making it happen T. I love you and I am so proud of you."
Mingus later explained via Instagram that she wanted Gomez to interview her because "I know she's amazing at getting people
to speak their truth."
"What these videos don't show are the amount of times we had to stop because we were laughing too hard," she continued. "Or because she asked a question that I wasn't sure I wanted to open up about. But the people who know you best, who have seen you when you've just wanted to hide, are the people who end up challenging you to be the most authentic version of yourself possible."
"I'd rather talk about the times I've jumped into the pool wearing my shark onesie than the times I've felt defeated or insecure," she added. "It’'s easy to only show the good times than it is to be honest about the bad. [My swimwear line] Krahs is a manifestation of both. The lows taught me about gratitude and patience. The highs taught me to not take anything for granted. And having one of my best friends alongside me is the cherry on top of the perfect wave."
Mingus goes on to explain that her Krahs swimwear line is just "shark spelled backwards" and revealed that she came up with the name due her longtime fixation with sharks.
"It started when I was little. I lived with my mom and she would literally let me watch anything I wanted. I binge-watched all of the Jaws movies. After that, I'd go into a swimming pool and any dark shadow in a pool to me was a shark. So, I wanted to incorporate shark bites and I wanted the fossil mouth to be my logo. I just thought it was cool."
"Everyone wants to feel sexy," she added. "Every woman wants to feel confident and beautiful. I definitely want to have a variety of different pieces so everyone can wear them."
The posts come just a few days after Gomez made her first red carpet appearance since taking a mental health break. The singer attended WE Day in Los Angeles, and spoke with ET about why she gets emotional every year she attends the event.
"I just know everyone that's a part of this organization for years now, and I've witnessed what they do and how they celebrate young kids that are changing the world completely, one step at a time, and I come here and cry at least twice while I'm here," she said. "I do, because it's so encouraging to see these kids are working so hard and I'd love for that to spread all over our generation."