Selena Gomez

by ethnic on July 3, 2008

, LOS ANGELES – APR 27: Selena Gomez at the We Day California 2017 at The Forum on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, CA Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.comBirth Name: Selena Marie Gomez

Place of Birth: Grand Prairie, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1992

*Mexican (father)
*Italian, possibly other (mother)

Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress, producer, and fashion designer. She starred on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.

Selena’s father, Ricardo Joel Gomez, is of Mexican descent.

Selena’s mother, stage actress Mandy Dawn (Cornett), was adopted by Debbie Jean (Gibson) and David Michael Cornett, and was raised in Texas. Selena has stated that, later in life, her mother found out that, by birth, she “has Italian roots.” It is not clear if her mother is of fully or partially Italian background; she has been referred to as both in press reports. Selena’s mother’s adoptive parents are of British Isles descent.

Selena’s parents separated when she was five years old, and her mother later married Brian Teefy. Selena is able to speak some Spanish, but not fluently. She was named after Tejano singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Selena’s paternal grandparents are José Ricardo Gómez and María “Mary” Ramos.

Sources: New York Daily News article mentioning Selena’s background –

Selena mentions her mother’s Italian background –

Information about Selena’s family –


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Manila July 26, 2017 at 1:35 am

Selena’s paternal grandparents are José Ricardo Gómez and María “Mary” Ramos.

luckystar August 19, 2016 at 12:52 am

Her mother looks mestiza like her
No way she is fully italian.

andrew August 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm
madman August 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm

“Selena Gomez’s family tree includes a unique mixture of Italian, Mexican, and English heritage spanning across vastly different areas of the United States and Mexico.”

Alyx July 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

She looks a light skinned mestiza.

lelo4 July 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

Looks very Turkish.

neiltennant April 9, 2017 at 5:27 am

yes she does !

luckystar July 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Her grandparents looks very mexican
She clearly has indigenous features and heritage

luckystar July 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm
phaedra May 29, 2016 at 5:56 am

She has a big, wide face. Very typical native feature.

xteena May 15, 2016 at 3:25 am

Typical castiza

anen87 July 24, 2016 at 3:14 am

No. Most likely not. U.S.’s mexican immigrants are mexico’s poor peasants and are more “indio” in heritage so it’s unlikely she’s a Castiza. She’s a typical Harniza like Ximena Navarette…

me March 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

She looks a mestiza with light skin.

cwm85 January 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

Out of ignorance… Selena looks sorta mestizo but more European, Spanish than anything.

anen87 July 24, 2016 at 3:25 am

No she’s more Italian than anything 50%. Her mexican dad is not even full spanish so how can she be more spanish??? She only inherites half of what he is! Learn math ignorant

obviousguy October 11, 2015 at 11:27 pm

If modern-day Mexicans kept track of their ethnic background meticulously like most Americans still do today it would say:

*Spanish, Indigenous Mexican (father)- “mestizo”, basically
*Italian, possibly other (mother)

which most likely are her actual ancestries tbh.
But since they don’t, she is just “Mexican”.

lanadelrey September 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

without makeup she looks fully white, here she has makeup that makes her to look darker.
Mexican girls are not like her, they are darker and salma hayek doesn’t have the same skin tone.

slowdive January 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm

She does look “white” in some pictures but in others she looks clearly Amerindian admixed.

Generally speaking she looks non-white to me.

abbracci August 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

She reminds me of Becky G.

M July 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

She’s so plain and boring. She looks like every Mexican I’ve seen.

By the way, I’ve seen pictures of her mother and she doesn’t look 100% white, she looks Mexican herself.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 5:02 am
marjanel October 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Well There are Mexican with blonde hair and blues eyes,so why not an American person with brown hair and brown eyes can’ not look “mexican”?

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

She looks Mestizo. A lot of Mexican girls look like her.

musicfangirl April 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

she looks Mexican to me

thomas1987 April 18, 2015 at 4:10 am

Mexican/Hispanic/latino is not a race
Her mom is white and dad is probably mixed like most Mexicans (probably 50% white -50%native American).

marjanel October 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Very few people is 50% 50%,or they are less or they are more.The sterotype of mexicano in Usa tend to be les,and it would be consideres indigenous in many Latín American countries,especially in South América.

anen87 July 24, 2016 at 3:33 am

True. especially recent mexican immigrants they are more indian than spanish. DNA results proved this

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Castizo, next.

Marseille May 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

80% European, 20% Native. She could pass in the Balkans.

anen87 July 24, 2016 at 3:39 am

No way, have u seen her dad & grandparents?!?! She more like 68% euro, 30% native, & 2% black

undashing April 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

She clearly has mestizo features. Definitely not white.

WTF August 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

when i first saw her i thought she was just mexican. looks like most of the mexican girls you see in southern california and texas.

J.J. August 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

she’s obviously got some native, but she’d still predominately white

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Well in some pictures she looks fully white…

ihatemostpeople February 26, 2014 at 2:51 am

Bullshit. It’s obvious she has Mexican features. Why else would they have hired her to play a Hispanic character on that dumbass Disney show she used to be on. AND who the hell are you to be the judge on whether someone is “WHITE” or not. Give me a fucking break. Are you one of those dumbasses from Stormfront? Racist prick.

marjanel August 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

There is no something like “mexican features”.It is interesting the way people in Usa think about hispanic , when in Latin América is about a white heritage and culture.

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

She’s white, next.

Clinton m Lewis January 22, 2014 at 4:47 am

Selena gomez u may not know me but u gave me your autograph years ago and I spend every dollar all just for u and I know u are not married to any one expect for me who knows that u and I from Texas and u and I dose have the same birth and I will never hurt and never cheat on u cause u are a human most of all I will never make u to cry if you were married to me all I can give u – your ture birth stone and I want to fit in your life and your world along with I love the way u get naked of your videos can I be naked with u and I will do anything to make u happy by being with u it’s all I care about is the same way I feel about Miley Cyrus please tell her about this that clint Lewis is like u of being alone

olivia January 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

She looks half Mexican half Italian.
Her mom is definitely full-blooded Italian, check out her pictures! In a youtube interview Selena says that her mom is full Italian and she was raised by her mom in a ‘VERY ITALIAN WAY’.

follers January 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Where is this YouTube video? Selena’s mother was adopted by a WASP couple. I have a hard time believing her mother is “very Italian” culturally.

olivia January 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

This is not the video that I meant but in this one she mentions that her mom is just Italian, no other ethnicities:
If you look at her mom’s pictures you can see that she totally looks like 100% Southern Italian, she almost looks like Lea Michele’s mom who is 100% Italian as well.

follers January 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

She says that her mother found out later in life that she “has Italian roots”, not that her mother is of fully Italian descent.

Yes, she later says she is “half Mexican and half Italian”, but many people say they are “half” something, but are really just rounding up (Christina Aguilera – “half Irish”, Robert Downey, Jr. – “half Jewish”, Chris Evans – “half Italian” or “Italian”, etc.).

“If you look at her mom’s pictures you can see that she totally looks like 100% Southern Italian”

-Her mother looks 95% Dutch to me, so that’s what should be put in. I mean, going by this logic.

olivia January 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

So why is it written here that her mom is “possibily” Italian? We know for sure that she is at least half Italian!

follers January 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm


Dexterous B December 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

She looks exactly like a Middle-Eastern young lady. Same skin tone as Salma Hayek. Selena looks like a Middle-Eastern Lebanese or Egyptian

andrew December 24, 2013 at 5:18 am
roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Italians has middle eastern ancestry so Spanish people they have middle ancestry in them she defiantly has British in her it’s been provern.

andrew February 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm
DK1x February 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Where’s your proof?

ihatemostpeople March 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

She does looks Middle Eastern too. Like half Middle Eastern half Mexican. She doesn’t look white to me.

J.J. March 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

first of all middle easterns are white, secondly she doesn’t look arab in any way, she looks very mestizo (white + native south American) however the white would be southern European, thirdly how can someone look half Mexican? Mexican isn’t a race as it is a new world country, colonised by Europeans, unless when you say mexican you’re referring to the natives, but what you said is like saying someone looks half European and half Canadian

Melina April 10, 2014 at 9:03 am

Middle easterns are not white, not all of them and not all arabs are white, go to saudi arabia, yemen, sudan, morrocco or egypt you’ll see yourself

nina January 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

In morocco they are mist likely pale or tanned like selena idk about the other countries

margot August 31, 2015 at 6:23 am

Sudan and Morrocco are definitely not Middle Eastern countries..They are both African countries.

Selena looks Mexican, she doesn’t look Italian to me, Italians look more Europeans than her.

Wolfman August 31, 2015 at 6:40 am

Hi ihatemostpeople! Where would say this person comes from then? Plus she much more Caucasian looking than Selena.

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