"I think the thing that I would say to young women is, if you're not ready for it, put your foot down."
If there's one thing that female pop stars need to deal with more opposed to their male counterparts, it's sexuality. And while artists like Rihanna and Britney Spears have celebrated it, Camila Cabello explained that there are times when she had to tell people to stop when it became too much.
"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 said in an interview with Lena Dunham for her newsletter, Lenny. "Unfortunately, sex sells. 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. 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."
She also added that when it happened to her, she was still pretty young and wasn't comfortable with the idea yet.
"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," the 19-year-old former Fifth Harmony member explained. "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."
However, as time has gone on, Camila is much more comfortable with herself and sexuality and tells other girls to only go there when they're ready. "I've realized that growing into myself now, I think two years ago I would've been afraid to sing about that," she said. "That's completely natural because I wasn't ready yet. I think the thing that I would say to young women is, if you're not ready for it, put your foot down."
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