Selena Gomez Ambushed at Fashion Show by Anti-Sweatshop Protester

Celebrity Style Feb. 7, 2013 AT 9:00AM
Selena Gomez at the Adidas NEO Label Fall 2013 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 6, 2013 in New York City. Selena Gomez at the Adidas NEO Label Fall 2013 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 6, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Michael Simon/Startraksphoto.com

Selena Gomez knows how to roll with the punches -- and the protesters! In NYC on Wednesday evening (Feb. 6), the 20-year-old singer and actress was in the front row at the first-ever fashion show for NEO by Adidas, for whom she serves as brand ambassador.

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Bopping along in her seat during Neo's presentation of youthful seasonal swim and beach styles, Gomez was thrown for a major loop in the middle of the event -- when an uninvited young woman in a T-shirt and hoodie handed Gomez and other guests a flyer, with a companion nearby also distributing the material. Claiming that Adidas is involved in "sweatshop" labor practices overseas, the flyer read: "Selena Gomez: Be an ambassador for children, not for sweatshops."

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According to an observer, Gomez -- reportedly spotted with ex Justin Bieber over the weekend -- was shocked by the protester, who was quickly escorted off the premises by security. But the "Love You Like a Love Song" singer quickly recovered and acknowledged the young designers at the end of the show.

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"Thank you so much for coming out," said the star, clad in black pants, black Adidas sneakers with pink stripes, and a grey and pink sweatshirt. "I'm so excited to be a part of this and so excited to see what you guys did with it, you did an amazing job!"

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