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Selena Gomez Dazzles in Triple Fashion Extravaganza at First Annual Rare Impact Fund Gala



At the inaugural Rare Impact Fund Benefit for Youth Mental Health, Selena Gomez certainly made her mark with not one, not two, but three stunning outfit changes. The multi-talented artist and entrepreneur first graced the red carpet in a dazzling, custom-made Valentino gown covered in crystals. The dress featured a rosette at the neck and a sweeping train that had heads turning.

But the fashion surprises didn't stop there. The Rare Beauty founder showcased a new, shorter haircut, opting for a sleek, shoulder-length bob that perfectly framed her face. Complementing the look, she wore Messika chandelier earrings, adding just the right amount of sparkle.

Just when you thought she couldn't get more glamorous, Gomez switched gears, debuting a sculptural, floral minidress by Rahul Mishra Couture. This particular design was part of the designer's fall/winter 2023 collection and was crafted to resemble a blooming flower. She completed the whimsical look with metallic strappy heels while keeping her Messika earrings as the constant glittering fixture.

Inside the event, Gomez made her final sartorial statement. She changed into a long-sleeved black velvet Monse minidress priced at $1,090. The dress was adorned with an imaginative pattern of animals and flowers, encapsulating her fun and bold personality.

The gala, which focused on mental health support for young people, was hosted by Martin Short, Gomez's co-star from the series "Only Murders in the Building." Attendees included a host of celebrities, like Sofia Carson, H.E.R., and Taylor Lautner — an ex-flame of both Gomez and her best friend Taylor Swift. 

In an unexpected but heartwarming turn of events, Gomez's long-time friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa, was spotted at the event. The pair appeared to have reconciled, matching in coordinating sparkly silver gowns. This laid to rest rumors about a possible feud between them.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gomez addressed the crowd, stating that launching the Rare Impact Fund was her dream and the most significant thing she has ever done. She candidly revealed her morning jitters, saying she was so anxious that she felt sick before the event. 

Before the gala, Gomez took to Instagram to announce a partnership with Sephora. On the upcoming World Mental Health Day, the beauty retailer will donate all of the Rare Beauty sales to the Rare Impact Fund for a whole 24 hours. This initiative is part of her brand's broader commitment to mental health awareness and resources for young people worldwide.

And for the fans looking to contribute in their own way, the event featured exclusive items up for bid. These included tickets to a Taylor Swift tour and a cozy movie night with Gomez's Hulu co-star, Paul Rudd. 

In a night filled with glamor, the true beauty lay in giving back, and Selena Gomez did just that — sartorially, philanthropically, and inspiringly.

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