The 19-year-old cubana chatted with Lena Dunham for Lenny Letter, where the singer dropped a disturbing truth about being a girl in the national spotlight: being turned into a sexual object.
“Especially with being a girl group, there’s been a lot of times where people have tried to sexualize us to just get more attention,” Cabello explained. “Unfortunately, sex sells. There’s definitely been times where there’s stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I’ve had to put my foot down.”
The singer joined Fifth Harmony when she was just 15 years old, a difficult time, she said, to be placed in the public eye.
“I feel like it’s been tricky because we’ve had to grow into ourselves while being in front of the world and while making songs that did have a lot of sexual undertones,” she said.
To be clear, Cabello sees nothing wrong with a young woman owning her sexuality. She takes issue with forcing young entertainers to sex up their look, against their will, for stardom.
“There’s nothing wrong with sexuality,” she said. “If you have that inside, it’s just an expression of who you are. If you want to share that with people, that’s amazing.”
Her message to young mujeres: “If you’re not ready for it, put your foot down.”
We applaud you, Camila!
(h/t MTV News)