Fifth Harmony is on Latina Magazine's November 2015 Cover!

Fifth Harmony is on Latina Magazine's November 2015 Cover!

The Fifth Dimension

Gutsy and gorgeous, the pop songstresses of Fifth Harmony are redefining what it means to be a Girl Group—and we’re not just talking musically. 

It begins with one thunderous, window-shattering, high-pitched squeal outside of the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. It’s another hustle-and-bustle day in New York City and the screams, courtesy of tween and teenage girls, are so overwhelming you’d think Guillermo del Toro’s latest horror movie just premiered. But the yells are not for bloodcurdling film scenes—they’re reserved for the ladies of Fifth Harmony.
One by one, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Dinah Jane Hansen, and Camila Cabello exit the van. A deafening wave of cries from a crowd of about 200 fans envelopes Midtown Manhattan. Hansen smiles. “Ahhh!” Lastly, Cabello does a double wave. “Ahhhh!” The multicultural quintet is here to premiere its music video for “I’m in Love with a Monster,” from the animated Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack. From atop the Hard Rock’s roof, they point to the Sony screen in the middle of 49th Street as their video blares across the epicenter of the media world. In a Truman Show–esque moment, the ladies watch themselves on-screen and dance to the poppy number, with a litter of cameras and microphones surrounding them. “It’s so important to be healthy— not only as a group but also as individuals—because this business is so hard,” says Hernandez, 22. “The schedule is crazy and we’re away from home, which is stressful enough sometimes.” For now, the road is their home and their family is one another. 

Ally Brooke

Hernandez wasn’t supposed to be here. She was born premature, weighing in at 1 pound, 14 ounces—she was so tiny that her father could hold her in one hand. Yet she came out screaming, which meant that her lungs were developed. “My parents joke that I came out singing,” she laughs. It didn’t take too long after her birth for the San Antonio–bred tejana to follow in the footsteps of her idol, the late, great Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

“I adore Selena. In Texas, she is our angel,” says Hernandez, dressed in a blue sparkly top and a full-length black skirt.

Chances are, Hernandez had a bit of angelic luck when she became an X-Factor contestant, in 2012, and Simon Cowell later matched her with the four other young women who would become 5H. She was 18 when she auditioned for the music reality competition show and was tasked with the challenge of becoming an adult, all while learning to collaborate in a group and be on a nationally televised show.

“It was a whirlwind, and I had to discover who I was as a person coming into my womanhood,” she says.

But Hernandez is well-versed in dealing with her own challenges and those of her loved ones. Her mother, Patricia, was born with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. The two were in a car accident in 2005 in which their car was T-boned. Fortunately they walked away without major injuries, but her mom’s scoliosis subsequently became aggravated. And here’s when the normally chipper, adorable Hernandez becomes teary- eyed. She shared her mom’s story with the Harmonizers, 5H’s loyal fan base, and the result is touching.

“A fan at a show this past March gave $100 for my mom’s surgery,” she says, her voice cracking. “So I tweeted that I needed to find her, and that inspired the whole fandom to donate money for my mom by starting a GoFundMe that raised $20,000 for her surgery. It was unbelievable.”

Her mother recently received the surgery and soon after was able to stand up straight for the first time in years. 

Dinah Jane

In the music video for the group’s multiplatinum-selling “Worth It,” Hansen, 18, is the image of pop-singer confidence. Sporting a form-fitting pencil skirt, she sings I may talk a lot of stuff / Guaranteed, I can back it up while pushing away a potential suitor with her high heel. Today, in a small room at the Beacon Theatre, where 5H will perform later tonight, she lets her age show, but after all this is her first Latina cover and, along with Hamilton, she will be the first non-Hispanic to grace the cover of the magazine. “We’re breaking rules right now,” says the Tongan American singer, raising her voice slightly. “I’m actually Hispanic in el corazon. I grew up with a lot of Hispanics in Santa Ana, California.” She also grew up with a lot of younger siblings—four sisters, including a cousin who was adopted by her parents, and four brothers. Coming from a large family eased her transition into the five-woman group.

Dressed in a white zippered tank dress, Hansen flips the voice recorder around in her hands trying to calm her nerves. Speaking to the media still gives her jitters. “We put all of the things that we learned at home into making Fifth Harmony. And it worked.”