“I’ve had to put my foot down.”

Camila speaks out.

Just as you heard from Tinashe, Camila Cabello spoke out about what it means to be a women in the music industry during a recent interview with Lena Dunham as part of her “Noise” podcast, which surfaced on January 5th and also featured Charli XCX, Lizzo and more.

Cabello recorded her appearance prior to her departure from Fifth Harmony, but that doesn’t mean that the 19-year-old budding solo star didn’t offer her less than desirable take on the sexualization of 5H. “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. Unfortunately, *** sells,” she said. “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.”

It’s hard to forget that Miss Cabello joined 5H during the Stateside version of “X Factor” in 2011 when she was just 15-years-old. It appeared that Fifth Harmony was first being marketed as the female equivalent to One Direction, but the race levels turned up somewhere along the line. Thankfully, she knew how to balance that.

“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 explained. “There’s nothing wrong with 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.”

Listen to Camila talk about growing up in Miami, her own songwriting and social media in the full podcast below!

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