Selena Gomez's Genie Braid: Emergency 'Obsessed or Hot Mess?'

10/18/2013 at 11:43 AM ET

Selena Gomez braidErik Pendzich/REX

Every Tuesday, we ask you to weigh in on questionable celebrity style moments by voting whether you’re obsessed with them or find them to be a “hot mess.” And ordinarily, we don’t mind waiting a few days to get your feedback. But every so often, we encounter a look so divisive that we need your immediate input. This is one such moment.

Selena Gomez was snapped heading into the Late Show With David Letterman in a look that was very I Dream of Jeannie goes to N.Y.C., from the Versus Versace crop top to the golden accents to her top-of-head updo. And it’s that updo we’re here to discuss.

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First, the star pulled her hair tightly into a slicked-down pony right at the top of her crown. Then she wrapped a scrunchie around the base and braided it into a thick, messy fishtail.

Scrunchies are coming back (just ask Cressida Bonas) but we have yet to see them deployed un-ironically — until now. So what do you think: Is Selena making the scrunchie sexy, and are you obsessed? Or does this look get a big “hot mess” stamp from you? Vote below and weigh in in the comments.

–Alex Apatoff

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Jamie on

Reminds me of Janet Jackson in the 80s

whatsweb on

Reblogged this on WhatsWeb.

Piy on

Don’t really care about her scrunchie ‘do, but what amazes me is her face! …And I don’t mean that in a good way. You can tell so obviously that she’s a heavy drinky due to how puffy her face has gotten. :/

Guest on

I think its fine

Lori on

She looks so dirty…

jessica renee on

Cressida bonas did it first, now celebrities are following suit…..

peoplelover on

Nothing flattering about her particular hair-style. She has beautiful, long, hair- she should show that off more!!

Angie on

It’s Madonna circa 1990.

Lala on

I hope this look doesn’t make a comeback.

suzydiamond on

She’s adorable. Can’t ever look bad!

Lala on

Her hair looks dirty and unhealthy. She could use some makeup colors that are brighter and more youthful. The brown eye makeup and red lipstick don’t flatter her. Looks too harsh on such a young lady.

Kelly K on

she looks like she is 50 she is so bloated and dirty

Kelly K on

she looks like she isa 50 yr old alcoholic she is so bloated and dirty
no wonder beiber dumped the hag

T.S.T.T.C on

uh, its a hair accessory.

Tracy on

She looks cute, who cares.

dp on

scrunchies get a bad rap

Kerry on

Doesn’t anyone remember madonnas doing this? It was the 90s and she looks adorable. Be glad she’s clothed. More we can say for most artists.

Pa on

Yuck hate it. Voted obsessed by accident. Sorry, but since you asked, didn’t like the hair, the makeup, or the outfit. :-(

Manda on

I’m still searching for a *slick down* ponytail! Hot hot mess.


She looks adorable…

JJ on

I agree that her hair looks disgusting i mean y cant she just wash it more? BTW scrunchies have made a comeback girls use all the time at my school and i have like 8 different colors of them but selena CANNOT pull off a scrunchie. i think its a blonde thinng cuz im a blonde and they accent my hair. they also go good with about anything in my closet.c (shush dont tell anyone but im pretty much a flower child. i love flowy clothes and i especially love bellbottom jeans. and no Selena CANNOT pull off a srunchie updo no matter how hard he tries because it looks fugly on her if u know wut i mean.anything in my closet.c (shush dont tell anyonut im pretty puch a

echoingraven on

I’m sorry but scrunchies, no matter how hard these people try, will NEVER come back. At least, they won’t come back with the public’s approval.

ella on

Do not like this look

Bettie on

She lip syncs…please who cares about style? what about talent?

guest on

I’ve never stopped wearing scrungies!


Love it, she’s a pretty girl.

Anne on

Not attractive. She looks like a chipmunk storing nuts for the winter. Plus, she’s short. Is she popular because she’s more relatable to the average person? I just don’t get it.

Savanna on

I love Sel, but this is not my favorite hairstyle

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