In case you didn’t get the memo, 2017 is going to be THE year of Camila Cabello. After leaving Fifth Harmony, Mila is starting the year with a bang, and we’re already hyperventilating at the thought of her next single.
2017, you are a blank canvas and i wanna paint on u with my brightest, favorite colors…. lets go ✨✨✨
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) 1 January 2017
In the spirit of starting 2017 as a strong, solo woman, Camila joined Lena Dunham for her Woman of the Hour podcast (to be fair, given her queendom, it should probably have been renamed ‘Woman of the whole mother-flippin’ lifetime’ podcast, but we’ll let it slide).
During the conversation, Camila spoke about focus, and explained how she keeps her concentration for important projects. Chatting to Lena, she admitted:
“The best decision that I’ve taken in my career thus far has been this year I’ve just stayed away from social media […] I don’t go on it, and I just keep myself focused on getting better and growing as an artist and finding different ways to grow as a person. It’s just kept me grounded, and I don’t have 1,000 people thinking that they didn’t like my shoes.”
Talk about willpower! If you’re reading this, Camila, we SALUTE YOU.
The pair then went on to discuss the ever-relevant topic of sexualization in the music industry, where Camila revealed the pressures she has felt as a young female artist:
“I definitely think being a young girl, there’s a time where — like when you’re in middle school or when you first start liking boys — you don’t really feel comfortable. […] You remember that time when you first got your period, or when your boobs started coming in, that you were like, ‘This is weird.’ You have to grow into yourself. 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.”
But that’s not to say Camila doesn’t appreciate or encourage the projection of sexuality. She’s totally on board with us all expressing our sexuality if that’s what’s inside, and we couldn’t agree more. Explaining this thought process, she said:
“There’s nothing wrong with showing sexuality […] 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. I love that. Look at Rihanna. She’s so sexy. She comes from Planet Sexy. I worship her. I really, really do.”
YESSS Camila – we are totally with you on this. Sexuality is a 100% personal thing, and there should NEVER be any pressure to show it. But if you do want to show it – that’s not a bad thing either. It’s a part of you, and you shouldn’t be afraid to display exactly who you are.
We love the fact that Camila’s so open and honest about her thoughts, and we wouldn’t have her any other way. We’re just hoping that she continues to do more amazing interviews in 2017 – the year of Camila Cabello.
Want to hear the full conversation for yourself? You can listen to the whole thing here: