Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (born March 3, 1997) is an American singer, known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2012, Cabello auditioned as a solo act for the American version of The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Camila was brought back into the competition, along with four other female contestants, to form a girl group (back then known as LYLAS, 1432 and now Fifth Harmony). She is half Cuban and half Mexican and lived in Cuba and Mexico.

Life and career

1997–2012: Early life and The X Factor USA

Cabello was born in Cojimar, Cuba,[1] to Sinuhe Cabello,[2] who is of Cuban descent, and Alejandro Cabello, who is of Mexican descent. She lived there until she was five years old and moved to Mexico for a short period.[1] She and her mother then moved to Miami to settle where Cabello, who spoke only Spanish, learned English on her own.[3] She attended Miami Palmetto High School[4] though she withdrew in the middle of her 2012-2013 year of school and became homeschooled.[5]

Her mother recalls that instead of a traditional quinceanera party, Cabello wanted to audition for the X-Factor.[6] She auditioned for The X-Factor in 2012, as a solo act in Greensboro, North Carolina[4] Cabello made it as far as the bootcamp rounds.[7] Simon Cowell decided to use Cabello and other young women who were cut in these rounds to create all-female pop groups.[7] Cabello's audition and bootcamp performances for X Factor were not shown on the show due to copyright issues.[3] The group that Camila was placed into named themselves Fifth Harmony.[8]

2013–present: Success with Fifth Harmony

She auditioned for The X Factor U.S with the song "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." by Aretha Franklin but was later put into girl-group Fifth Harmony. Cabello co-wrote the songs "Don't Want to Dance Alone", "Who Are You", and "Me & My Girls" from Fifth Harmony's debut extended play Better Together. It has also been reported that Cabello has co-written some songs for LunchMoney Lewis's upcoming album.[9][10] Mattel has designed a Barbie doll based on Cabello's likeness.[11]


Musical influences

Cabello has repeatedly cited Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato as sources of inspiration.[5] She's also stated Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and David Bisbal as some of her Latin musical influences.

Personal life

Karla Camila Cabello was born in Cuba on March 3, 1997 to parents Alejandro and Sinuhe Cabello. She has a sister named Sofía. She is of Hispanic descent. By the time she was five years old, Cabello had lived in Havana and Mexico before permanently relocating to Miami, Florida. Growing up she listened to Latin artists such as Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernandez.[12] Cabello is a friend of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift,[13][14] and has supported the latter's complaint to Apple Inc. over payment from streaming sales.[15]

She is noted for her outspoken support of LGBT people[16] and has shown public support of transgender fans.[17][18]




Year Name Role Notes
2012–14 The X Factor (US Version) Herself Contestant; 22 episodes (2012–13)
Guest; 1 episode (2014)
2014 Faking It herself Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Herself Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"


Year Name Role Notes
2014–present #5HTakeover Herself Main role; 77 episodes


Year Product Commercial Name Notes
2014 Clean and Clear Which Member of Fifth Harmony is Most Like You? (#1)
See the Real Me at the Neon Lights Tour with Fifth Harmony
Which Member of Fifth Harmony is Most Like You? (#2)
Which Member of Fifth Harmony is Most Like You? (#3)
2015 #In5WordsOrLess with Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony on Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub
Fifth Harmony Wakes Up with MORNING BURST



As a member of Fifth Harmony


  • 2013: Harmonize America Mall Tour
  • 2013: Fifth Harmony Mini Theatre Tour
  • 2014: Worst Kept Secret Tour
  • 2014: 5th Times a Charm Tour
  • 2015: Reflection Tour
  • 2015: Reflection: The Summer Tour
Opening act

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fifth Harmony Camila Cabello Video - Fifth Harmony Video Interview - Seventeen. Seventeen. Hearst Digital Media (3 July 2013). Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Birgersson, Emma. Camila Cabello Biography. IMDb. Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lambiet, Jose (20 December 2012). Close, But no Cigar for Miami Teens on X Factor. Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra. Gossip Extra. Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Arguelles, Victoria (25 November 2014). Q&A with Palmetto student Camila Cabello. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  6. Camila Cabello: 18 Most Interesting Facts About the Fifth Harmony Singer (5 March 2015). Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Johnson, Kevin (13 March 2014). "'X Factor' Loss Doesn't Stop Fifth Harmony". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  8. Kim, Chris (27 December 2012). Is Fifth Harmony The New One Direction?. MTV News. Viacom International, Inc. Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  9. Kasher, Jacob (February 2015). jacobkasherrx. Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  10. Daye, Kendrick (11 February 2011). Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Hits The Studio With Ricky Reed & Wallpaper - Creative Jenius Report. Retrieved on 28 May 2015.
  11. Keaney, Quinn (7 November 2014). Do Fifth Harmony's Barbie Dolls Compare To The Girls' Real Life Style?. Viacom International, Inc.. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  12. "Interview: Fifth Harmony Talks with Kidsday". Newsday, (Melville, NY). 12 January 2015. 
  13. Ariana Grande & Camila Cabello: BFFs!. Popstar!. January 27, 2014.
  14. Zedd & Selena Gomez: Why He Partied With Her At Camila Cabello’s Birthday Bash. Hollywood Life. March 4, 2015.
  15. Norwin, Alyssa (23 June 2015). Taylor Swift for President: Camila Cabello Is All For It - Would You Vote?. PMC Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2015.
  16. McGarry, Lisa (24 May 2015). Fifth Harmony's Worth It's BIG Billboard success & Camila Cabello reaches out to LGBT fans! | Unreality TV. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  17. O'Donnell, Carey (11 March 2015). Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Celebrates "Stunning, Confident, Magical" Trans Fan. Viacom International, Inc.. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  18. Pittman, Taylor (3 March 2015). A Transgender Fan Renamed Herself After Camila Cabello -- And The Singer's Response Was Amazing. Retrieved on 27 May 2015.
  19. Camila Cabello - IMDb.
  20. ON TOUR WITH FIFTH HARMONY: CAMILA CABELLO TELLS ALL!. Latina magazine. October 15, 2014.

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