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What We're Loving: Selena Gomez's Sexy Style Transformation

09/10/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

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From cute to couture, it’s official: Selena Gomez is no longer a Disney princess. Though we’ve always paid attention to the 20-year-old’s stellar style, the ensembles she’s selected in the past week or so have really turned our heads.

See, for most of her career, Gomez has gone with a sweet, flirty look, as she did in a cute, but rather safe white getup worn to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards (left).

Fast-forward to last week’s Venice Film Festival, where the actress worked a gold-and-black Dolce & Gabbana number (second from left) at a photocall for her new film, Spring Breakers. It’s an outfit we didn’t imagine Justin Bieber‘s girlfriend wearing — and really pulling off — just one year ago.

The glam transformation comes at a pivotal time in the star’s career. Not only is she getting older, but she’s also taking on more mature acting roles, like the one in Spring Breakers, in which she stars alongside James Franco.

That maturity is evident on the red carpet, too; for the movie’s premiere in Venice, Gomez wowed in a blush Atelier Versace gown (center). Days later, for a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, she earned high marks again in a sexy, sophisticated leopard-print Dolce & Gabbana sheath (second from right).

But it was her latest look — a pale purple, frothy Marchesa confection (right) — that made us believe the star has hit a turning point in her red carpet career. It’s daring, beautiful, bold … and gets us excited to see what she wears next. Tell us: Are you a fan of Gomez’s red carpet style upgrade?

–Jennifer Cress

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Ashley Cao on

I love Selena Gomez very much! She is not only a role model but a huge fashion icon that I feel has more of an impact than just looks, but my goodness… she is drop dead gorgeous. Each outfit can be sexy, conservative, mature, and just… beautiful. she is a masterpiece!!!

Lisa on

She is the epitome of what classy is and a GREAT example of how one should grow up. Unlike other Disney stars, she’s been a perfect role model and is the most talented. SO, so proud of her.

Chad Hamilton on

Selena Gomez is so hot and Chic in every Movie, every TV Show and every Award Show that I go gaga over her. How proud she is to be a Splendid Model, Fashion Icon and a great singer.

Me and Me on

I am impressed, sincerely, that she wear’s the same pair of shoes twice, never mind on the red carpet. That just put me over the moon. Bravo Selena

me on

Selena Gomez is absolutely stunning in these dresses not to mention everyday. She has the best style and I constantly find myself searching for her clothes. The definition of class is Selena Gomez. Couldn’t be more happier Justin and her chose each other.

george smith on

Aint she just gorgeous. Look at her thats why i love her.

Tommy vontz on

Selena Gomez is very beautiful very smart girl I hope that this movie wont draw away her fans she needs them as much as they need her. I really hope and pray that everything goes the way she wants it. No one should being her down. I support her!

nai on

Selena is growing into a very lovely young lady and I love that she is expressing that through her fashion. If she were just a few sizes larger (she is tiny) I’d trade for her wardrobe in a heartbeat! Wish her all the best.

selena 4ever on

AH! Gorgeous…simply gorgeous

hafsa on

OMG she’s wearing the same shoes in the first second picture and the last second picture!! It’s really cute tho and I love her!!<3

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