In a music industry where there’s a nickname for certain rappers that goes ‘SoundCloud rappers’ – for those rappers who never have a break – can you imagine what it means for an artist to achieve the ‘Spotify’s most streamed song ever by a solo artist’ title?
Camila Cabello knows that feeling well: with her single ‘Havana’ she went to global mainstreamness instantly
and that was just even before the full debut album ‘Camila’ came out.
Born in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, at 21 years of age she has reached the top of the world: how did it all unfold? How did her single Havana become the most successful Cuban export since Cohiba cigars?
It all started in 2012 when Simon Cowell had one of his strokes of genius and tried his ‘One Direction’ move with putting together Fifth Harmony. That’s when Camila Cabello was first seen performing, but things didn’t rocket as for the British boys. Camila Cabello left the group – it all unfolded a bit awkwardly – and from there
she collaborated with several artists, including Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly.
Crying in the Club, her first single as a solo artist, written by Sia and Benny Blanco, was not a hit and it underperformed so much that it was even left out of the album. What was released in January 2018 had the input of Skrillex and Pharrell Williams, as in the backing vocal singers in ‘Havana’. The album streamed a billion times by February.
Here’s the video for Havana featuring Young Thug:
Camilla Cabello is touring in the States right now and she’s gone for totally different look. Goth. In the shape of black lace, fishnet tights and fingerless gloves. Not the vibe you’d go for an Havana themed piece, where
you’d expect vibrant colours and ruffles. In one way though, the ‘dark’ look she went for matches the solitude/sadness of her lyrics on relationships.
Something must’ve gone wrong in my brain
Got your chemicals all in my veins
Feeling all the highs, feeling all the pain
Let go on the wheel, it’s the bullet lane
Now I’m seeing red, not thinking straight
Blurring all the lines, you intoxicate me
But that’s an identity she went for as a stage uniform: if you take a look at her Instagram account you can spot a couple of recurring fashion statements defining Camila Cabello’s style loud and clear. Is Camila Cabello hot? The question should go: how can you do hot like Camila Cabello?
Corsets, corsets and more corsets. Camilla Cabello’s style is to wear them on a daily basis as clothes to go out with. White lace and petal rose corsets are matched with black pants, accessorised with a multiple rings pearl chocker: all to create this rock/cute kind of ensemble, perfect to highlight a petite figure ( her height 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm)
Hair. Black glossy locks. Camila Cabello’s style doesn’t get better defined by them. From tidy carefree to updos, she’ s like a living hairdressers brochure, those ones you look at juts before the hairstylist starts chopping.
What’s next for Camila Cabello? We guess she will keep on making successful music and breaking Spotify.
What do you reckon?