Camila Cabello believes her former girl group Fifth Harmony was over-sexualized, stating her mind in an interview with Lena Dunham’s “Woman of the Hour” podcast.
Opening up about her time in Fifth Harmony, Cabello, 19, said it wasn’t uncommon for the young girls to be sexualized: “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,” she told Lena Dunham.
“Unfortunately, sex sells,” she adds. “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… 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.”
Cabello clarified there was nothing wrong with expressing one’s sexuality, so long as it is by choice: “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.”
Offering advice for aspiring young women from all walks of life, Cabello warned: “I think the thing that I would say to young women is, if you’re not ready for it, put your foot down.”