Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres Cover 'TIME'

Singer Selena Gomez and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are just two inspiring women gracing different covers of the latest issue of TIME magazine.

The "Firsts” multimedia project showcases women “in the highest reaches of success.” Others featured include Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton.

Gomez is recognized for being the first woman to reach 100 million Instagram followers (she currently has 126 million).

“I think it’s really hard to be a kid now, especially with social media,” the 25-year-old star told TIME. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to grow up with that.

“It’s already difficult to get up every day and just feel good about yourself without seeing the highlights of everyone else’s life.”

Gomez added: “Strength doesn’t mean that you have to put on a facade. I think strength is being vulnerable.”

On Instagram, she shared an image of her TIME cover and wrote: “Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to wake up every day knowing there is so much going on in the world. At times I feel selfish, I ask why, I ask how can this change? Will it actually ever change? I try to contribute my heart before anything because it can be so easy to lose the desire to have hope when sometimes all I want to be is angry.

“When I read about the beautiful women who wake up consciously every day to make a change, it inspires me to want to do so much more. Not really sure how I got so lucky @time but thank you for highlighting the power of what we can and will always strive to be. I believe in the goodness in the land of the living. I hope this is just the beginning of more change.”

DeGeneres is recognized as the first person to star as an openly gay character on prime time television.

“I didn’t really come into my own power and understanding of who I am until probably the last 10 years,” she revealed. “I was very shy. I was insecure. I needed to feel liked and loved, which is why most people go into this business.”

DeGeneres said it was a struggle to get her daytime show on the air. 

“There were station managers who thought, ‘No one’s going to watch a gay woman in daytime because everyone at home is a housewife with kids.’ But then we did sell it,” she recalled. “All I did was get back to what I started out doing, which is wanting to make people happy.”