As former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui has built her solo career, her voice has become a prominent one within political and social activism spheres, encouraging fans to vote and condemning President Donald Trump on social media. “I had always since I was very little contemplated the world and the systems at play,” says the 22-year-old. “Artists have a huge role in shaping people’s energies and thoughts -- that’s why I gravitated toward being one.”
Which artists inspired you early on to be vocal?
I grew up listening to Bono and The Beatles, who are a huge, huge, huge inspiration for me as far as using your platform for good. One of my favorite movies is Across the Universe. I listened to The Beatles before [watching] that, because my mom also loved them, but their music definitely did a lot.
What has been the most impactful political moment this year for you?
Every fucking day is impactful. One of the highlights was the midterm elections -- the amount of women and women of color that made it into Congress, I am astonished and grateful and hail to the goddess up above for that, because God knows we needed some feminine, “radical” -- as Fox News would like to say -- energy. We really need people who care about the people, and who are in politics for the sake of being a public servant, because that’s essentially what the whole entire premise of a politician is -- they serve the public and they get paid by our taxes, you feel me? We have nominated some really incredible people into these positions -- finally -- and it doesn't just stop there.