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It has been almost a year since we learned that Selena Gomez was close to death because of complications from lupus. A kidney transplant saved her life, but the surgery and recovery forced her to take a step back from the spotlight. "It was what I needed to do for my overall health," she told fans on Instagram. Despite the lack of activity, Selena never lost the support of her fans and she remains the most popular celebrity on the platform with 140 million followers. Selena is back like she never left and showing fans that she is living her best life and looking amazing while doing it.

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Selena is loving who she is and nothing is going to stop her, scars and all. Body shamers that attacked her over her weight this year got dragged gracefully by the entertainer. "The beauty myth--an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of flawless beauty," Selena wrote. "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails." It was beautiful message to send to her younger followers.

No matter what she may have gone through, Selena is still putting out new music, working on movies, and killing the fashion game. She's slaying in everything from ad campaigns with Puma and Coach to magazine covers for Billboard and Harper's Bazaar. Selena is showing no signs of stopping any time soon and is looking sexy doing it. Her Instagram pictures since her surgery are all of the proof we need.

Selena Gomez looked smoking hot in a little black dress. 1

The singer shared this photo of herself enjoying a cocktail during a girl's night out. Everything from her makeup to her the expression on her face to the high ponytail is making her look totally fierce.

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Fans were curious about how different she looked during her night out. 2

Some fans were quick to jump to the comments to ask if she had gone under the knife. "Did she get breast implants??" one user wrote. Whether she did or not is her business, but either way, she looks incredible!

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She looks so grown and sexy in this sophisticated outfit. 3

Showing a lot of skin makes someone obviously sexy. But there's something about this look, with her hair pulled back and the silk skirt, that makes her appear like the grown woman she is.

Selena posed for ELLE for their October 2018 cover story. 4

She looked incredible in a Coach dress with a plunging neckline and she pulled off a sexy new haircut with bangs flawlessly. 

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She lifted up her shirt to show off her new tattoo. 5

She looks so happy and confident.

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Selena knows how to give us sultry summer vibes. 6

She is naturally stunning.

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She's embracing herself fully. 7

In another pic from the gallery on her IG, she shows herself candidly, belly and all, and looks amazing.

We love how effortless she looks in this photo. 8

Literal queen.

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Sizzling in athleisure is a special skill. 9

Selena is a master, of course.

Is there anything sexier than a genuine smile? 10

"Another year down.. Thank you for all the bday love," she captioned a birthday slideshow she shared in July. "I couldn’t be more appreciative of you and my best friends for celebrating with me. I love you guys like crazy! God bless!"

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Confidence looks amazing on everyone. 11

Selena looked stronger than ever at the Hotel Transylvania 3 premiere this summer.

Can we look this good at the gym? 12

Selena looks like a total boss modeling this black Puma set.

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In her "Back to You" video, she looked innocent/sexy. 13

We are feeling that sexy nerd bob.

Selena totally slayed in this Puma campaign. 14

Living for it!

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We wonder who was on Selena's mind when she posted this photo. 15

"I wanna hold you when I’m not supposed to..." she captioned the image.

She got seriously fierce for Harper's Bazaar. 16

What an amazing shot!

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Only Selena can make riding on the back of the motorcycle look effortless. 17

Her eyes are still smoldering admist the chaos.

Selena owned Billboard's Woman of the Year title last year. 18

The magazine cover was everything. "Thank you beyond for your acknowledgment and honor @billboard but honestly thank you more for the event you held for women," she captioned the post. "That night was so inspiring and every woman spoke eloquently and with such force. I’ll try to continue to give my best to even remotely live up to a title. In the mean time I hope we all continue to give our best when the world wants to give us the worst. We aren’t stopping the fight."

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Her entire look in this photo is fire. 19

The smoky eye, red lip, and sparkling green dress with a plunging neckline all work together without feeling over the top.

One of the first pics from her Puma campaign is fire. 20

There's an understated sexiness about her look and attitude in this pic.

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This red suit moment was everything. 21

Selena isn't afraid to tap into her sexy side.

Selena hit it out of the park in her "Wolves" music video. 22

It was so good!

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When Selena announced her Puma partnership, she did it with this gorgeous pic. 23

So hot, so confident--and only a few days after announcing she had received a kidney transplant, back in September 2017.

Her collaboration with Coach came last summer and Selena gave a sneak peek of her bag with this sexy shot. 24

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A few days later, Selena officially showed off her bag. 25

It's a beauty--just like its designer.