Is it just us or has Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui really been on her game recently?
Don’t get us wrong, we obviously love all of the Fifth Harmony girls. But ever since Lauren came out as bisexual, she’s really stepped up as both a role model and an activist. In her recent interview with Seventeen, she said,
“You can’t use the fact that I’m bisexual against me if that’s something I’m proud of. I feel motivated more than scared to share who I am because it makes me feel awesome when someone comes up to me and says that because of me she was able to find the strength to accept herself.”
She’s been more and more open about what it means to be a bisexual woman, whether it’s through her music with Halsey, or with her public persona. Earlier this year she wrote an essay for Billboard in honor of Pride where she revealed,
“The Trump Campaign was really my breaking point as a bisexual Cuban female artist. I incorporated those four particular adjectives because they were all parts of me that I felt were being stripped away, questioned, threatened, and even invalidated by the continuous slew of ignorant conversation that his administration has been allowed to push.”
As many young women continue to get chastised for being bisexual (some still believe bisexuality just doesn’t exist), it’s so brave of Lauren to be so honest with her fans.
And that’s not the only thing she’s been upfront about. She’s also talked about her depression, explaining,
“I’ve had times where everyone’s like, ‘Wow, you look so skinny! You look great!’ And they don’t know I’m in a really depressed place, and that’s why I look like that. I’m all about doing little things that make you feel healthier, like going to the gym or drinking water. If I’m like, ‘I hate what I’m seeing in the mirror,’ I say, ‘Okay, what are we going to do to fix it?’ Regardless, every single inch and scar is what makes you you.”
Lauren is quickly rising to the top as someone with both heart and talent and she makes us proud to be harmonizers. We need more young women opening up about their struggles and showing that it’s ok to be who you are. Cheesy, we know, but still! Figuring out your identity is hard enough when you’re a teen, you don’t need the added pressure of having to suppress some part of yourself.
Fifth Harmony’s third album comes out August 25th.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.