Women in Music 2015: Fifth Harmony, Group of the Year

In 2015, Fifth Harmony sang for President Barack Obama at the White House Easter Egg Roll, dominated the youth-awards show circuit with debut album Reflection (which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200) and scored its ­biggest hit when "Worth It" ­(featuring Kid Ink) surged to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, the most successful alumni of The X Factor's American run accomplished so much this year, they need help ­remembering the best bits. "I'm having a brain fart right now," says Dinah Jane Hansen, 18, giggling. "I'll never forget ­performing with Taylor Swift for as long as I live," pipes in Camilla Cabello, 18, remembering when her group joined the pop star onstage in August. "She is the embodiment of what it means to be a strong woman in the music industry."

As artists born of the Internet, all 22 or younger, the five vocalists credit their legions of plugged-in fans, the Harmonizers, with their success -- and consider that ­loyalty a ­responsibility. "It's our duty to be a voice for them," says Normani Hamilton, 19. "Being a woman, and killing it, is awesome."

 

WOMEN THEY LOOK UP TO

Hansen: "Lauryn Hill. I admire her bravery and her strength. Hands down to the queen. Nicki Minaj, as well."

Lauren Jauregui, 19: "I'm going to second Dinah -- I'm all about Lauryn Hill. Also, I love Lana Del Rey."

Hamilton: "Beyoncé. She started a movement within feminism, and I love that she wasn't afraid."

Ally Brooke Hernandez, 22: "Jennifer Lopez. She opened so many doors for Latinas such as myself. Also, Adele."

NOT YOUR TYPICAL GIRLS

Jauregui: "The media glorifies the ideal woman and what she's ­supposed to look like -- none of us look like the typical girl."

Hamilton: "There's not one type of beauty. You need to look in the ­mirror and say, 'I'm the only one with these hips. I'm the only one with this chest.' And it's beautiful."

Cabello: "I barely have a chest."

Hamilton: "Your chest is beautiful."

Cabello: "It's a beautiful, tiny chest!

Hamilton: "Yes, and that's OK!"


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