Camilla Cabello

Camilla Cabello

You shared the new video for « Never be the same » a few days ago. There is a « home-made» vibe about it, especially in the beginning, when we can see you in a robe in a hotel room. But there is also wide shots of you wearing wild dresses. What were trying to express?
I really wanted to make a performance video because I had never done it before. The song is really intimate and raw and vulnerable, but at the same time it feels really intense and dramatic. And I feel like every scene represents a different side of love: a vulnerable side, a more intense side, a weird ‘out of the world’ side. It’s all the different sides of falling in love.
‘Havana’, your previous single featuring Young Thug, and co-produced by Pharell, is a huge success worldwide. It’s also a one of a kind song, salsa-inflected but with a modern twist. How did you decide that you wanted to go with that kind of sound?
I wanted to create something that sounds like my culture, my family, where I am from – I’m Cuban-Mexican – and the kind of music that I grew up around. But I also wanted to make the kind of music that I look into now, I am into a lot of Hip Hop and different styles of music. I just wanted to make something that combines different parts of me.
You just mentionned that you are Cuban-Mexican, and last January, you did something really brave: you went to the Grammy Awards and did a speech that was powerful. You talked about the ‘Dreamers’ [illegal or undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and received a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and the possibility to be eligible for a work permit, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration policy established by the Obama administration in 2012, and that has been challenged by Donald Trump since September 2017]. You told the audience: « Just like dreams, those kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for ». How did you decide to do that speech?
Thanks for saying that. Basically Bono reached out to me – which was such an honor in itself – and told me that they were going to have a perfomance dedicated to immigrants and the dreamers. So he asked me to make a speech where I would talk about my personal experience. So I wrote from my point of view. It was a really powerful moment for me because it’s obviously something that I am really passionate about and I was just honored to get a chance to talk about this on a stage like that.
In an essay you wrote for Pop Sugar latina last year, you told your story: how you immigrated in the US with your mum when you were only 6, how you crossed the border, leaving behind your father in Mexico, how you took a bus for 36 hours to Florida to move into your grandpa's colleague's house. And all this time, you really believed what your mom told you: that you were going to Disney World.
At this age, you are so oblivious to what is going on around you! I have always been outspoken about my family, my story. I am just proud of where I come from.
"It doesn’t matter if you are a girl in high school or in the fashion world, if you are a model or you are a normal person living an everyday life, what you wear can definitely play a part in how you express yourself" [Camilla Cabello]
In the video for «Never be the same », you sport sport couture dresses. Are you a big fan of fashion?
I don’t usually focus on fashion a lot on my music videos, but I thought that this time I really wanted to make something different. For me it’s more about how the outfits match, the scenery around me, I never want to the same thing twice. Fashion has never played a huge part in my music videos before this one and I really wanted for it to be a big part in the music video for this song.
What about you, not the famous singer, but the 20 year old girl. Do you go to every fashion week?
I like any form of expression. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl in high school or in the fashion world, if you are a model or you are a normal person living an everyday life, what you wear can definitely play a part in how you express yourself. Clothes and what you wear is a part of self-expression and feeling good about yourself and I’m all about that.
You’ll be in France in June. Will you take this opportunity to go shopping in Paris?
Oh yeah, absolutely. OMG. There are the most beautiful clothes there is here. I just love Paris, the food, the people. And I am just really excited to play the songs of my album for the first time over there in the Never be the same tour.
Last question : what is your favorite fashion brand ?
Chanel definitely, it’s my favorite ever.
Photo: Giuliano Bekor; Stylist Cat Wennekamp @ Celestine Agency
Interview by Arnaud Aubry

From Spring-Summer 2018 issue

Camilla Cabello

You shared the new video for « Never be the same » a few days ago. There is a « home-made» vibe about it, especially in the beginning, when we can see you in a robe in a hotel room. But there is also wide shots of you wearing wild dresses. What were trying to express?
I really wanted to make a performance video because I had never done it before. The song is really intimate and raw and vulnerable, but at the same time it feels really intense and dramatic. And I feel like every scene represents a different side of love: a vulnerable side, a more intense side, a weird ‘out of the world’ side. It’s all the different sides of falling in love.
‘Havana’, your previous single featuring Young Thug, and co-produced by Pharell, is a huge success worldwide. It’s also a one of a kind song, salsa-inflected but with a modern twist. How did you decide that you wanted to go with that kind of sound?
I wanted to create something that sounds like my culture, my family, where I am from – I’m Cuban-Mexican – and the kind of music that I grew up around. But I also wanted to make the kind of music that I look into now, I am into a lot of Hip Hop and different styles of music. I just wanted to make something that combines different parts of me.
You just mentionned that you are Cuban-Mexican, and last January, you did something really brave: you went to the Grammy Awards and did a speech that was powerful. You talked about the ‘Dreamers’ [illegal or undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and received a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and the possibility to be eligible for a work permit, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration policy established by the Obama administration in 2012, and that has been challenged by Donald Trump since September 2017]. You told the audience: « Just like dreams, those kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for ». How did you decide to do that speech?
Thanks for saying that. Basically Bono reached out to me – which was such an honor in itself – and told me that they were going to have a perfomance dedicated to immigrants and the dreamers. So he asked me to make a speech where I would talk about my personal experience. So I wrote from my point of view. It was a really powerful moment for me because it’s obviously something that I am really passionate about and I was just honored to get a chance to talk about this on a stage like that.
In an essay you wrote for Pop Sugar latina last year, you told your story: how you immigrated in the US with your mum when you were only 6, how you crossed the border, leaving behind your father in Mexico, how you took a bus for 36 hours to Florida to move into your grandpa's colleague's house. And all this time, you really believed what your mom told you: that you were going to Disney World.
At this age, you are so oblivious to what is going on around you! I have always been outspoken about my family, my story. I am just proud of where I come from.
"It doesn’t matter if you are a girl in high school or in the fashion world, if you are a model or you are a normal person living an everyday life, what you wear can definitely play a part in how you express yourself" [Camilla Cabello]
In the video for «Never be the same », you sport sport couture dresses. Are you a big fan of fashion?
I don’t usually focus on fashion a lot on my music videos, but I thought that this time I really wanted to make something different. For me it’s more about how the outfits match, the scenery around me, I never want to the same thing twice. Fashion has never played a huge part in my music videos before this one and I really wanted for it to be a big part in the music video for this song.
What about you, not the famous singer, but the 20 year old girl. Do you go to every fashion week?
I like any form of expression. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl in high school or in the fashion world, if you are a model or you are a normal person living an everyday life, what you wear can definitely play a part in how you express yourself. Clothes and what you wear is a part of self-expression and feeling good about yourself and I’m all about that.
You’ll be in France in June. Will you take this opportunity to go shopping in Paris?
Oh yeah, absolutely. OMG. There are the most beautiful clothes there is here. I just love Paris, the food, the people. And I am just really excited to play the songs of my album for the first time over there in the Never be the same tour.
Last question : what is your favorite fashion brand ?
Chanel definitely, it’s my favorite ever.
Photo: Giuliano Bekor; Stylist Cat Wennekamp @ Celestine Agency
Interview by Arnaud Aubry

From Spring-Summer 2018 issue