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Camila Cabello revealed some of the conflicts she had with the group's management while a member of Fifth Harmony in an interview with Lena Dunham that appeared in Lenny Letter earlier this week. Namely, she felt that she and the other members of the group, who were all 15 when they started, were sexualized in a way that she was not comfortable with, Us Weekly reports.

"Unfortunately, sex sells. There's definitely been times where there's stuff that I have not been comfortable with and I've had to put my foot down," Cabello, who left Fifth Harmony in December to pursue a solo career, told Dunham. "I feel like it's been tricky because we've had to grow into ourselves while being in front of the world and while making songs that did have a lot of sexual undertones."

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The sexualization of young, female pop stars is nothing new, but it's more shocking to hear Cabello speak out against the treatment of the group since the rest of them are still performing members. In fact, they'll be performing for the very first time as a quartet at the 2017 People's Choice Awards on January 18. Are they feeling the same way as Cabello, but have yet to step away from the group, and are thus unable to speak out?

The celebrity machine is built around the fact that viewers are easily manipulated into forgetting that stars are people. But Cabello, who is only 19 now, speaks to the vulnerability of childhood that reminds us that these girls who might never miss a beat or fail to hit the note aren't pop robots. "You remember that time when you first got your period, or when your boobs started coming in, that you were like, 'This is weird.' You have to grow into yourself." Now, imagine doing that while the world is watching, and they want you to be sexy.

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The truth is that most of the time managers don't have the best interest of the young performers at heart, adopting a "well, they signed on for this" attitude. And it's particularly worse for young women. "Especially with being in a girl group, there's been a lot of times where people have tried to sexualize us to just get more attention." Hopefully now that she's a solo artist, Cabello will have more ownership over her image, but that won't stop the world from wanting to turn young women into sex icons.

Sources: Us Weekly