Photographer Mert Alas, of fashion photography duo Mert and Marcus, lit up Instagram last night when he shared a photo of Selena Gomez wearing nothing but a nude thong. A towel barely covers her, revealing the tattoo below her shoulder that reads “love yourself first” in Arabic.
In the pic, the “Kill ‘Em with Kindness” singer appears to be preparing for a photo shoot, making her the latest in a long line of celebrities who’ve posed for Mert Alas and his partner Marcus Piggott. In the past they’ve teamed up to shoot Gisele Bündchen, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Victoria Beckham, among countless others. In 2014, they photographed Kate Moss for Playboy.
Many of Gomez’s fans were surprised by the skin-baring photo. Back in November, she gave an emotional speech at the American Music Awards in which she said, “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” touching her chest.
The photo, which was posted only on Aras’ account, currently has over 10,000 comments. When Gomez posts on her own Instagram, she tends to wear noticeably more clothing: