We Latinas know the power of women: we're fierce, independent, bold, intelligent, beautiful, and talented. We're most definitely a force to be reckoned with and we want the world to know! From Jennifer Lopez to Christina Aguilera, these mujeres aren't afraid of expressing girl power through their music:
Jennifer Lopez: "I Luh Ya Papi"View all slides
Christina Aguilera: "Can't Hold Us Down"View all slides
Shakira: "Objection"View all slides
Becky G: "Becky From The Block"View all slides
Paulina Rubio: "Boys Will Be Boys"View all slides
Kat Dahlia: "Gangsta"View all slides
Fifth Harmony: "Miss Movin' On"View all slides
Demi Lovato: "Let It Go"View all slides
Selena Gomez: "Who Says"View all slides
Cheetah Girls: "Girl Power"View all slides
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When it came to shooting the video for "I Luh Ya Papi," Jennifer Lopez wanted to turn music video stereotypes on their head. Most rappers shoot videos flanked by gorgeous, half-naked women... so why couldn't Jenny From The Block shoot a video surrounded by sexy men? As her friend says in the video, "Why do men objectify the women in every. single. video. Why can't we, for once, objectify the men?"
Christina Aguilera is the queen of girl power. From "Fighter" to "Beautiful," Aguilera loves to sing about the inner-strength of women. Perhaps the best example is "Can't Hold Us Down," a song (and video) devoted entirely to fierce, independent chicas. "This is for my girls all around the world who come across a man who don't recognize their worth," she sings. "Thinking all women should be seen, not heard. So what do we do, girls? Shout out loud!"
It takes two to tango? Not in Shakira's world! This Colombiana can shake it all by herself, and she proves it in her video for "Objection." When her boyfriend cheats on her, Shakira doesn't get mad... she gets even. She's one mujer you shouldn't mess with!
Becky G is all about the girl power. Proof: She's wearing a beanie that says "Ain't No Wifey." While this song is about rising to the top from humble beginnings, it's clear: Becky G is a chica on a mission, and no one is going to get in the way of her dreams.
The Queen of Latin Pop is in charge in the sexy music video for "Boys Will Be Boys." Flanked by attractive men, Paulina Rubio proves that she's the one with the power as she sings, "Trouble wants to find me all the time. That's why you're never gonna see me cry."
Kat Dahlia ain't impressed by all those guys who claim their gangsta. She sings about how she provides for herself and her family without any help. "On my way to the top, I make do with what I got," she sings. "You want my number, baby, I'm on a mission, catch up."
Fifty Harmony don't need no man. The girl group sings about independence and confidence in the ultimate girl power jam. The music video is set at a canival, but the girls decide not to take a romantic spin on the ferris wheel with a boy. Instead, they ditch the dudes on the ground, and rise to the top with their girlfriends.
"Let It Go," sung by Demi Lovato on the Frozen soundtrack, is all about breaking barriers and growing into the woman you're meant to be... regardless of what society tells you. The music video, the song, and the movie all scream girl power.
The message is clear: Be happy in your own skin. Selena Gomez encourages all girls to forget the haters, and embrace what makes them beautiful. And isn't that what girl power is all about?
We couldn't stop listening to this song as preteens, and we still love the message today! Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Sabrina Bryan of The Cheetah Girls along with Raven Simone sing about fulfilling your dreams, learning who you are, and expressing your girl power when others want to hold you back.