Selena Gomez has been all over the headlines for her tongue-in-cheek jabs at ex, Justin Bieber and we can't blame her-- it's her first time on the promotional circuit since their New Year's Eve breakup and she wants to show the world that she is all grown up. We have little doubt that her new film Spring Breakers will make everyone forget about her Disney princess past and her relationship with the world's most famous pop star soon enough though.

One thing for certain is that the 20-year-old has come a long way since her days on Barney & FriendsHer current film Spring Breakers proves it, complete with underage drinking, sex, crime, and TONS of skin. Though some are feeling uneasy about her transition into an adult actress, come one people, Selena has earned the right to grow up! 

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Take a walk down memory lane with us as we shine a light on Selena's meteoric rise to fame, starting from her first acting gig alongsige everyone's favorite green and purple dinosaur! 

Check out our Selena Gomez timeline below to see just how far this talented Chicana star has really come!

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Barney and Friends

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Selena Gomez started out her career at the age of 7 playing Gianna on the show Barney and Friends. Little did she know that her acting career would soon take off! And here is a fun fact: She co-starred with fellow Disney star and friend Demi Lovato on the series too!

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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An adorable Selena landed in Robert Rodriguez's film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003 all because the director thought she was "cute." She played a small role as a rich girl who owns a water park in the film.

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Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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Selena was getting her acting chops into gear in 2005 as she made an appearance as love interest Gwen in an episode of Disney's Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She also appeared in 2006 as upcoming pop-star sensation Mikayla on Disney's Hannah Montana. Selena proved that she could play both sweet and evil as she channeled Hannah's music rival.

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Wizards of Waverly Place

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Selena FINALLY got her big break playing Alex Russo on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007. In the show she played a teenager wizard filled with witty and would get herself caught in silly predicaments.

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Disney Movies gold

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Selena's career didn't stop once Wizards of Waverly Place was over and she took on a couple of Disney movies in 2009 which brought lots of success to the network. She starred in Princess Protection Program with BFF Demi Lovato and The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie which brought in record ratings.

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Selena Gomez and the Scene

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Selena decided to give music a shot and created her band Selena and the Scene in 2009. Their first album "Kiss and Tell" featured the song "Naturally" which had great success and led to a second album.

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In 2010, Selena and the Scene released their second album, "A Year without Rain." It featured the hit "Round & Round" which also had phenomenal success.

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'Dream out Loud' fashion line

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Selena eventually decided to go big and create her own fashion line called 'Dream Out Loud' by partnering with Kmart in 2010. Her affordable clothing line allowed her fans to dress like her and has seen such great success. She even appeared in a commercial promoting the line wearing some of her favorite pieces. 

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Theatrical Film Debut

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The already established Disney Star proved she had what it takes to take on a leading role in a movie. She made her theatrical debut in the movie Ramona and Beezus playing Beezus Quimby based off Beverly Cleary's popular children's book.

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Wizards of Waverly Place ends

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In 2011 the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place decided it was time to part ways and ended after 4 years. This only opened up more opportunities for Selena who prepared for her career outside of Disney.

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Monte Carlo

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Selena's second film debut, Monte Carlo hit big screens in 2011 with great success. The former Disney star decided to take on a slightly racier role as she starred as a girl on vacation who is mistaken for a British heiress.

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber relationship

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As Selena was rising to super stardom rumors swirled of a romance with pop sensation Justin Bieber. The twosome officially confirmed their relationship at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February 2011by walking down the red carpet together.

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Selena releases 2nd album

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Selena Gomez debuted her following album with her band in 2011 titled "When the Sun Goes Down" which became a huge success with songs such as "Who Says", "Bang, Bang, Bang" and "Love You Like a Love Song."

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Selena current career

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In 2012 Selena officially parted ways with her band to focus on films. The Disney princess no more, shows her more "adult" sideby appearing in the hilarious Funny or Die parody called "Fifty Shades of Blue" mocking S&M novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Selena also lent her voice to the animated film Hotel Transylvania and had begun shooting the racy Springbreakers.

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Selena and Justin split

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In Decemeber 2012 Selena and Justin Bieber officially split. The songstress has handled the break up well and has managed to look amazing in every interview--owning her confidence. She recently made headlines for hilariously poking fun at Bieber during an interview with David Letterman. Looks like she made him cry!

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'Spring Breakers' premiere

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Selena's officially proved she's no longer a little girl by appearing the movie Spring Breakers. The movie set to release this month is filled with violence, sex, crime, underage drinking, and Selena running around in a barely there bikini. Yep, looks like Selena is not so little anymore!

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New album

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Selena hasn't lost sight of singing and plans on releasing her next album "Come and Get It" this April. She's said that the new album is "super electro pop" and is similar to Britney Spears and Skrillex.