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Here’s Everything You Needed to Know About Camila Cabello

We can’t not obsess over Camila. Her story is the most relatable and she still can’t believe the success she’s had over the years with Fifth Harmony and as a breakout solo artist. She has quickly become one of the most recognizable and successful solo artists over the last year. Keep clicking to see some of the dorkiest childhood pics, weird facts about Camila, and the latest rumors about her upcoming work.

Last year, she released a “Made in Miami” mini-documentary on YouTube and we were so there for it.

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She opens up about her upbringing in Miami and introduces us to her parents, her abuelita, and what it was like to audition for the X Factor. Her and her also open up about their immigration experience from Cuba and Mexico to the U.S.

The X Factor let her go… and then changed their minds.

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She begged her parents to audition for the X Factor when she was 15 years old, and they decided to make a vacation out. That way if she was let go, it would still be a fun family trip. They were shocked when she kept getting through the rounds and was invited to become part of Fifth Harmony.

She dropped out of high school in 9th grade.

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She was the cutest little muñeca linda and she knew she wanted to dance and pursue music, so once she made it to Fifth Harmony, she never went back! She’s since gotten her high school diploma.

She’s vegan!

CREDIT: Natalia Mantini for the New York Times; Digital Image; 7 March 2018

Earlier this year, “The New York Times” did journalistic due diligence and asked her moments after she ordered a kale salad. Who knew that she was vegan?

Her first solo debut single, ‘Havana’, broke a record for a female artist.

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“Havana” debuted at Billboard’s #1 and stayed there for seven weeks running, something which hasn’t been done since Taylor Swift’s single five years ago. Get it guapa.

The “Havana” music video begins as a for real telenovela and is a tribute to two different sides of herself.

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Camila Cabello’s full name is Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao. In her own words: “My family always called me Camila. When I came to school in the United States, I was really, really shy and the teachers started calling me Karla. In my life, I push myself to do a lot of things that make me uncomfortable, and that’s how I started dancing. That’s how I feel like I found myself — through Camila and performance and music, as that confident video vixen. They’re both over-exaggerated personas of me.”

Her vertical video, tho. ?

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If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll get to see Camila having fun being 100 percent herself in the New York City subway. The whole music video just feels like a fun time out on the town with your besties. We dare you not to dance yourself silly.

The Spanish Remix with Daddy Yankee is everything.

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This is not the first time that Cabello has used her Spanish to sing and captivate every single one of us. You can listen to it at least once a day to stay afloat. Listen to it on Spotify here.

She speaks out for Dreamers.

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“Today, in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream,” Cabello said. “I’m here on this stage tonight because, just like the DREAMers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly no part of my journey is any different from theirs.”

You can still watch her sing at 14 years old.

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Her old YouTube channel is still live and the caption is proof that Camila has always been an angel: “hi guys!! 🙂 this song makes me cry every time i hear it…. it’s amazing and demi lovato’s voice..she’s incredible.. i know im not nearly as good as her but i love this song and it’s message.. if anyone has anything at all theyre going through just know im here to talk to and stay strong 🙂 thank you so much for watching and thanks so much for your comments they make my day 🙂 love you guys thank you for the support :)”

She *just* turned 21 years old.

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Born on March 3, 1997 and is my fave celebrity Pisces through and through. Her parents did not hold back in celebrating the pop star’s 21st birthday in true Cuban tradition.

This year, she asked supporters to donate to Save the Children for her birthday.

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Save The Children is an organization that works for and advocates children’s rights across the world. The focus more on developing countries and they truly give children more than they could imagine.

Camila just announced she’ll be on a UK tour with Taylor Swift in the most adorable way possible.

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Seriously, read that gushing caption. There is no doubt that she is totally in love with Swift and will do anything to make sure that the tour is a highlight of their careers.

She doesn’t take herself too seriously.  ?

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Thank you, Camila, for giving us all of you, dorkdom and all. There is no reason to take yourself too seriously, especially when you are as talented as this pop star.

“I’m human. I need to hug people, I need to laugh with people, I need to cry with people. I need that part.”

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Camila *loves* her fans and doesn’t believe in a separation between professional and personal since her work is so deeply personal to her. She’s willing to bear it all for us, and we are the luckiest for it.

She is Cuban-Mexican.

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She was born in Havana, Cuba. Her mother is Cuban and her father is ‘puro Mexicano.’ They moved back and forth from Havana to Mexico City for the first five years of her life until they settled down in Miami.

Her mother, Sinuhe, was an architect in Cuba.

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She couldn’t continue her career in the U.S. and had to start from scratch, working retail jobs to support her family. It is all part of the immigrant struggle that many families can relate to.

She’s a dork and a half & she owns it.

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There is nothing wrong with being awkward and owning it. If you are someone who lives as an awkward person, just know that you and Cabello already have that in common so you are slaying.

No, really. #boobsquish

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She is seriously so open and relatable that it is hard to believe she is a major musician. She might be killing the charts with her hits but she still has her own issues she is dealing with.

Even dorky for Harry Potter.

CREDIT: @Camila_Cabello / Twitter

Some of her fans were a little disturbed at the Snape reference, but IMO, it means she has character. We all know that Snape was not really a bad guy and being able to understand his ultimate goal should be admired. ?

And is endearingly clumsy.

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Why does watching her fall make us love her so much more?! The best part is that she always picks herself back up with a smile and continues that interview in true star fashion.

Her inspo is Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernández.

CREDIT: Celia Cruz; ‘Digital Image’; Rose, Red & Lavender; 7 March 2018

Of course she would be inspired by the greatest salsa singer of all time. There is really no doubt that Cruz was blasted in her home every day growing up like most Cuban childhoods.

Rumor has it she might be debuting her acting career as María on West Side Story.

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We’re not sure what the truth is, but we’re deep into the Twitter conversation and we’re here for it!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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