Selena Gomez has returned to her Dallas area roots this Thanksgiving… in a big way.
The 21-year-old half-Mexican singer/actress, a Grand Prarie, Texas native, returned home to headline the Dallas Cowboys–Oakland Raiders halftime show.
Gomez energetically rocked the stage at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving day as she performed on behalf of The Salvation Army.
Donning a sexy bodysuit, a fringe leather skirt and a pair of gold gladiator wedges, Gomez kicked off her three-song set with “Like a Champion.”
In the middle of performing her current hit “Slow Down“, the former Disney Channel star shed the skirt and revealed a pair of leather hot pants.
Gomez, who was joined by several dancers, cheerleaders and flag bearers, then concluded her set with “Come and Get It“.
All three songs appear on Stars Dance, the singer’s latest chart-topping album.
Charlotte Anderson, the Cowboys executive vice president and chief brand officer, has explained why the team decided to have Gomez perform during the halftime show. Anderson, who is also the first woman chair of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, said that she wanted someone who can inspire a new generation.
“Particularly this year, clearly with Selena Gomez, the whole concept is to mobilize a younger generation,” Anderson explained. “This generation is yards ahead of us in terms of how they communicate. She is the perfect person to go to when you’re trying to reach that generation.”
“If we can inspire people to give and help the Salvation Army, then we can help people one step at a time and really help address significant problems,” she added.