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Cheers to Selena Gomez for taking her career into her own hands and making sure she’s the one in control of her first naked photo. That’s what appears to be happening in her latest Instagram post, at least.

I’m trying not to get ahead of myself here, since I guess there’s a chance she’s fully clothed and just appears naked through some kind of lighting magic– but Selena definitely looks rather suggestive in this new pic. Maybe this is our introduction to a newer, sexier version of the relatively chaste singer/actress. Maybe she’s sick of always being treated like The Prude One just because she doesn’t present herself in a sexual way as often as some of her peers. Or maybe she’s just a 21-year-old woman who wants to feel hot today and we should all go do something more productive with our lives. So many questions!

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Either way, if her goal is to get people talking, it’s definitely working. People are speculating about whether this photo is related to Biebs’ recent shirtless selfies (Are they sexing each other? And documenting it? Is this a sign of the impending apocalypse?), and people are wondering if she’s trying to get the attention of Niall Horan (Is that even a thing?), and I won’t be the slightest bit surprised if people try to relate this to her imaginary feud with Taylor Swift.

I don’t know exactly what’s going on here, but I do know that Instagram is a beautiful thing. In my day, celebrities had to shoplift or show up drunk and pantsless to Total Request Live if they wanted to divert attention away from their romantic relationships. Now all it takes is one naked Photobooth selfie before we’re like, Justin Bieber who?

Photos: Getty images, @selenagomez on Instagram