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Camila Cabello Opens Up About Her Journey From Cuba to America

Camila Cabello Opens Up About Her Journey From Cuba to America

Camila Cabello and Yara Shahidi are sharing their biggest life lessons in Glamour‘s Generations issue, on stands April 11th.

Here’s what the 20-year-old singer and 17-year-old actress, who posed with their families, had to share with the mag:

Camila on leaving Cuba for America at age six: “In Cuba there were days in class where we would just watch cartoons. We weren’t learning. But when I came to the U.S., it was like: homework. A lot of things were suddenly so different—being at a new school without my friends, I didn’t speak the language, and I missed my dad. I had a little Disney calendar I would mark with x’s until the day he was supposed to come. When he finally did, a year and a half later, I was so happy!”

Yara on her future: “Now that I’m getting ready to go to college, the questions are: What do you want to be? Who do you want to become? My parents taught me that it’s not a monolithic answer. You can be anything.”

Camila on learning from her mom, Sinuhe: “I think the most important thing I’ve learned from my mom has been: You’re human if you have fear, but you can’t ever let it determine how hard you go at a situation. If anything, it should make you go harder—go for it all the way.”

Yara on being an activist in the current political climate: “I feel both scared and empowered. So much of my work is as Yara, not as a character. If you’re attacking my work as a philanthropist or activist, you’re attacking Yara. But because of Black-ish and this national audience we have, I get to have a larger or louder voice. One thing I’ve tried to tell my peers is the amount of support that we do have. I feel the impact of my work and don’t feel as though I’m doing it for nothing. Black-ish has amplified the cause and the effect for me.”

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Photos: Amanda Marsalis, Mayan Toledano
Posted to: Camila Cabello, Magazine, Yara Shahidi

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