CAMILA CABELLO
VOGUE India|November 2020
Somewhere between bringing her art and activism together, she’s writing her own rules and songs. The musician with a voice that matters tells Nupur Sarvaiya how she’s found a sanctum of solace in the centre of a storm
Nupur Sarvaiya

Camila Cabello both perpetuates and rescinds the perception of a youth icon today. A cursory glance at her discography reinstates she is every bit the poster girl pop star of the moment. At just 23, the petite American-Cuban singer-songwriter has garnered billions of streams on music platforms, is a regular club favourite with hits like ‘Havana’ and ‘Señorita’, has legions of fiercely loyal fans and has won a slew of prestigious accolades including two Latin Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards and one Billboard Music Award.

She sings about pop’s everlasting themes—love and lust, intimacy and indifference, longing and loneliness—with her steamy voice and disarming eyes. But she demands much more from her brand of celebrity than synchronised dance moves, stylised costumes and sensational adulation. “I feel passionate about using my platform to highlight causes that I truly believe in and ones that I can hopefully help support,” Cabello says. “Globally, this year has been incredibly challenging for so many reasons and it is no different here in America. This election is likely the most important one in my lifetime, and exercising our right to vote and have a voice to implement necessary change is more crucial than ever. From systemic racism to unfair and unequal access to healthcare, LBGTQIA+ rights, ripping children from their parents, putting people in cages, a woman’s right to choose, and climate change, among so many other things, we are currently fighting for humanity, for all people. I truly want to do whatever I can, as quietly or as loudly, to make a difference.” Cabello has used her incredible reach to activate her audiences online as she raises her voice about the current state of affairs and in real life by taking to the streets of Miami with proclamations of protest during these tumultuous times.

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