Camila Cabello’s Havana video is “dedicated to the dreamers”
Camila Cabello just dropped her second music video as a solo artist and it has a subtle political message in addition to being a total bop.
The video opens with Camila starring in a cheesy telenovela. Then, we realize the real star of the video is a shy, TV-addicted girl — also played by Camila — whose abuelita and sister (played by LeJuan James and Lele Pons!) beg her to leave the house and live her life.
We don’t want to ruin the ending, but it closes with the statement, “This is dedicated to the dreamers.” This can be interpreted as a literal shoutout to people like Camila’s character in the vid, but it’s likely also a political statement of support to the young people who were protected by DACA, also known as Dreamers. Their future in the U.S. is currently in jeopardy because Donald Trump reversed the order creating DACA. You can read more about that here.
Camila herself emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. with just a backpack, and she’s been outspoken about supporting the Latinx community.
She’s also talked about writing “a love song for immigrants,” and it’s clear “Havana” is that.
“The word immigrant has such a negative connotation,” Camila has said. “I can just imagine all the little girls who have dreams of coming here and feel unwanted. It inspires me in my my music to do my best to give [them] the light that I have. I want to be what people think of when they think of America—a person who, no matter what her first language was or what her religion is, can see her dreams come to life if she works hard enough.”
Watch the video below. And just one word of warning: if Camila’s incredible mane inspires you to cut some curtain bangs, make sure you get a pro to do it!