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Selena Gomez is more than Theresa Mingus’ best friend; she’s also a big inspiration.

Mingus, who worked as Gomez’s assistant for four years, launched her swimsuit brand last year under the name Krahs, tapping Gomez to design a bestselling style that hid the scars from her kidney transplant surgery.

One year later, Mingus and her business partner, Morgan Brutocao, have rebranded with a new name — La’Mariette, inspired by Theresa’s middle name, Marie, and the French word for the sea, “mer”  — and a new attitude.

One of the standouts from La’Mariette’s new, chicer and more feminine lineup is the “Day Trip” print, which was inspired by a vintage bathing suit Gomez found while shopping during a road trip in Newport Beach with Mingus.

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At the time, Mingus said, the design just didn’t fit with the Krahs aesthetic. But when the coronavirus pandemic began, she knew it was the perfect time to evolve her brand — a process that included relocating factories, reimagining the logo and aesthetic and even adding an ambassador program for influencers.

In a new Instagram photo, Gomez models the “Caroline” top ($70) in the colorful print she inspired.

Mingus previously tapped the pop star to help kick off the rebrand in September, with Gomez revealing her surgery scar in a blue zippered suit.

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“She had never shown her scar before,” Mingus told Page Six Style of the headline-making snap, for which Gomez fittingly modeled the “Selena” one-piece ($125). “The very first picture [we took] was it.”

Added the designer of the style, “It’s very sexy and looks great on my 13-year-old cousin or my grandma.”

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