“They say, ‘You made Latinas proud! And that hits me hard,’” she said to Time. “It helps me realize that I’ve done something bigger than just gymnastics.”
At only 16 years old, this charismatic gymnast of Puerto Rican descent cartwheeled her way into our hearts after slaying at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She’s a gold and silver medalist already. If that’s impressive enough, Laurie, who ranked #7 on the list, signed an endorsement deal with Crest and is sweeping the dance floor as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Also on the list taking at 25th spot, Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello.
The youngest Fifth Harmony member is killing the charts as part of the girl group, but Cabello is also achieving great things on her own. Not only is she venturing out as a solo artist having released hits such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, but this 19-year-old Cuban native is also an activist.
In a heartfelt article titled: “Our dreams were bigger than our fears” published on PopSugar, Cabello opened up about her family leaving Cuba in the mid-2000s in search of better opportunities. And she also got super candid about her views on Trump’s infamous proposed wall. “When anybody wants to tell you they want to build a ‘wall’ on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall could be the next cure for cancer,” she wrote.
Find out which other amazing teens made Time’s 2016 list, here.
As you definitely know by now, the song “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes, has become a bonafide hit. Currently sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song is a sexy Latin romp that is definitely in the running for Song of the Summer. And sitting right above Cabello and Mendes on the charts is none other than Billie Eilish with her irresistible goth-pop track “Bad Guy.” Needless to say, both “Señorita” and “Bad Guy” are pretty much inescapable at this point, and with good reason: these songs are bops.
Now, if you’ve ever wondered what “Señorita” would sound like in the hands of Billie Eilish (and who wouldn’t?) you’re in luck! Popular Youtube singer/songwriter and all-around music genius Kurt Hugo Schneider has done just that. Recently, Schneider had the brilliant idea to remake the sexy pop gem “Señorita” in the style of Billie Eilish. The result is a fantastically creepy and deeply catchy cover that might just surpass the original.
As of now, Schneider’s re-imagining of “Señorita” has become a YouTube sensation, racking up over 5 million views on the video-sharing platform.
In his viral video, Schneider takes us step-by-step through the process of transforming Cabello and Mendes’s light-hearted pop song into a twisted gothic ballad. First, Schneider starts by slowing down “Señorita”‘s backing piano track, telling his audience that “it’s not a Billie Eilish song if it doesn’t have a super sad piano.” He then changes the piano chords to be “darker”, and then adds Eilish’s signature bass to the mix. He rounds out the backing track with a heavy dose of drums.
The video becomes really fascinating when Schneider takes Eilish’s signature and unorthodox sound-mixing tactics and adds some creepy synths and random recordings of every-day objects onto the track. For example, Schneider bites an apple and adds the crunch to the back-track. He then drops a ring onto his desk and uses the resulting sound to add another layer of complexity to the background.
After Schneider perfects the track, he adds the missing–and most important– a piece of the puzzle to complete the song: vocals.
Fellow Youtuber Madilyn Bailey lends her voice (and best Billie Eilish impression) to the track. Any Billie Eilish fan worth her salt knows that her vocals are so compelling not because of how she sings, but the way her singing is layered and mixed to give a chilling, memorable performance. Bailey rounded out the track with some Eilish-inspired whisper-singing and an interesting mix of alto and soprano singing. When the song was finally finished, the duo completed the project with an accompanying music video.
The final result was haunting, creepy, and possibly an improvement on the original song, which, for all its catchiness, lacked some substance.
After all, the one complaint we have of the otherwise perfect “Señorita” is that the song is, unfortunately, just bubblegum pop. There’s not much soul in the lyrics or the performances (sorry Camilla!).
As for YouTube users, they were more than impressed by the “Señorita” remix.
There’s nothing the public loves more than a mash-up of their favorite artists.
This Youtube user wanted a Billie Eilish Reaction Video ASAP.
We, also, would love to see what Billie would think of Schneider’s creative remix. We wonder if she’s already seen it?
This user couldn’t help but make a joke about the contrast of the original song with the revamped version.
There might not be two songs on the Billboard Charts that are as different as “Señorita” and “Bad Guy”.
This Latina demanded that the track be available to her for all her re-listening needs.
This is definitely the type of song we’d love to show our friends and subsequently keep on repeat.
This commenter nailed the reason why Schneider’s version of “Señorita” is arguably more compelling than the original:
We wonder if Cabello and Mendes have heard this iteration and wish they take their version in a slightly different direction. We wouldn’t blame them if they did!
This Youtuber made a great point about how Schneider’s version added some much-needed mystery to “Señorita”.
It’s definitely true that Kurt Hugo Schneider is an ultra-talented artist. Having an ear that is so fine-tuned to sound production is a hard skill to acquire! We definitely give props where props are due.
If you’re interested in listening to any of Schneider’s other songs, take a look at the rest of his video library on his YouTube page. Not only does he have other re-imaginings of “Señorita”, but he has other musical reboots. Take a look of his version of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” if it were made by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello here. You won’t be disappointed!
In 2016, a group of five young athletes went to the Summer Olympics in Rio Janerio with big dreams. There, the Olympians competed to be named the best in the world in their individual and group categories. Nicknamed the “Fab Five,” the women went on to earn silver and gold medals at the international games; proving that the gymnasts were the best of the best.
That same year, Laurie Hernandez — a member of the five — also earned gold on the TV dancing show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The athlete then focused her attention on the literary world. In 2017, she published her New York Times bestselling memoir, “I Got This,” and, in 2018, released her children’s picture book, “She’s Got This.” Hernandez even has a new hosting gig on “American Ninja Warrior” to keep her busy.
It seems that with every challenge she takes on, she succeeds.
Now the gymnast has her eyes set on 2020 and her next shot at Olympic greatness.
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Recently, Hernandez sat down with REFINERY 29 and shared her thoughts on power. Specifically, the Olympian explained what makes her feel powerful and what she does in those occasional times when she’s left feeling a little bit powerless.
Unsurprisingly, the athlete explained that she feels most powerful when moving and active. She discussed her workouts, saying:
“Sometimes it’s just gymnastics, but sometimes it’s doing other things, too — like cycling. But just testing how my body works makes me feel most powerful.”
Hernandez went on to elaborate that — to her — power isn’t just about physical strength. The Latina believes that power also lies in having a strong spirit and mind. She added:
“Gymnastics can be more mental than physical sometimes. So throughout training, going through different tests — whether that’s competing with a lot of people or just with yourself can build your mental strength. So, just learning how to calm myself down; I think that’s pretty powerful.”
The Olympic medalist admitted that it’s her relationship with her parents that brings her back when she’s feeling less than powerful.
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Hernandez explained that even though she and her family are living on two separate coasts, her mom and dad are still the people she goes to when she needs a pep talk. She admitted:
“The first thing I do is reach out to my family and close friends. Sometimes I feel like they know me better than I know myself. Especially my mom and dad; they’ve been supporting me since day one. I feel like they have all the answers. Right now I’m training in California and my family is in New Jersey, so there’s a lot of FaceTime going on.”
Not only do her parents help her when she’s feeling powerless, but they are also her role models when it comes to strength.
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The Latinidad is very family-oriented so we can relate to this. Hernandez doesn’t just look to her parents to revitalize her when she feels powerless. She also considers them her examples when the athlete thinks about what power looks like. After asking if she could pick her mom and dad as her power icons in the interview, Hernandez continued:
“My icons are my parents. After having to raise three kids, they’ve gone through a lot of different struggles. My siblings and I have been able to do so much in our lives because we had a really good foundation. There’s only so much your parents can give you, and yet it feels like our parents really gave us the world.”
She went on to explain that the example that her parents provided her and her siblings early on setting them up for the rest of their lives.
“I think without that foundation and without the things they taught us when we were little, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They’re so kind to other people, and that’s something that I want to follow their lead on. So, they’re my power icons.”
Hernandez ended the interview by saying that her power anthem is Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Know” and it only seems too fitting because it looks like nothing can stop the Latina athlete from achieving her dreams. We will be rooting for more gold for the gymnast in her return back to competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
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