Camila Cabello’s Immigrant Parents Always Told Her “Ponte Las Pilas”
Camila Cabello recently published an essay on POPSUGAR to document her immigration experience, sharing a story that many Latinos can relate to — though hers, clearly, has a happy ending. The Cuban-Mexican-American singer reveals what it was like leaving her home country for new and promising opportunities in the United States.
You might recognize Camila Cabello from the hottest girl pop group Fifth Harmony.
She is adorable, funny, and arguably the most famous and recognizable member of the girl group. *cue angry tweets from the other girls’ fans*
But for Hispanic Heritage Month, Cabello wants for the world to know about her family’s sacrifices to give her the life she enjoys here in the U.S.
According to Cabello’s essay published on POPSUGAR, the journey to the U.S. started when Cabello was just 7 years old. As a young child, she spent her time traveling between Havana, Cuba — where her mother lived and where Cabello was born — and her father’s hometown of Mexico City, Mexico.
Cabello says she now realizes that her parents must have been terrified to leave their lives behind to make it in the U.S.
After arriving in Miami, Cabello’s parents worked odd jobs and struggled to make ends meet. Her mother worked at a Marshall’s and her father washed cars outside of Dolphin Mall.
"take a lover that looks at you like maybe you are magic."
that you did, mama pic.twitter.com/sxhTRXxadm
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) May 10, 2016
“But we kept moving on up,” Cabello wrote. “With the Latin community in Miami, helping each other up as we did it. Slowly and slowly my parents kept working and climbing and ended up forming a construction company together named after my sister and I.”
And, like your parents, Cabello’s parents instilled the importance of education.
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— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) May 9, 2016
“They said: ‘Money comes and goes, but your education, lo que tienes aquí (and they would point to my head while saying that), nobody can ever take that away from you,'” Cabello wrote in her essay.
And, though she thought her parents gave everything up, she has realized that they brought everything with them.
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 20, 2016
“My grandma still makes pork and rice and beans every holiday like she did, and my mom still feels the waves of the malecón in her heartbeat because she still feels the most at peace when she’s by the sea,” Cabello wrote. “My grandma and dad still get drunk and sing Luis Miguel in the kitchen.”
You can check out the full essay on POPSUGAR by clicking here.