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5 Questions With L.A. Pride Performer Fifth Harmony

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The members of Fifth Harmony, from left: Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, and Dinah Jane Hansen

 

Call them Destiny's "Grandchildren." Fifth Harmony is the empowering girl group of the 2010s, forged together during the second season of the U.S. version of X Factor, wowing the judges with their angelic voices and sultry dance moves. The quintet is bringing their hits like "Worth It" and "Bo$$" to West Hollywood on Sunday night, performing in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard for L.A. Pride (following Kesha, who entertains the crowd on Saturday). Just a few hours before L.A. Pride's kick-off, we caught up with two of the harmonizers.

 

What does performing at this year's L.A. Pride mean to you?
Hamilton: Performing at this year's L.A. Pride means everything to us, just because we are so involved and we stand up for people really loving themselves no matter what form they come in — skin color or sexual preference. It means everything to us, and we're really supportive. We're gonna have a great time.

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Why is it so important to have LGBT pride, and festivals and parades celebrating it?
Brooke: It's awesome to be able to celebrate who people are and be in an environment where you don't feel judged or feel any fear. To have so many support you is just so awesome. I'm a firm believer in love and accepting yourself. We all are. I think it's so important for us to be a part of that, and at the end of the day that's what we're called to do.

Hamilton: It's all about people coming together and celebrating one another and supporting each other as opposed to tearing each other down.

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Considering your success and the fact that you are performing at L.A. Pride, why do you think Fifth Harmony attracts so many young LGBT fans?
Brooke: We just show love to everybody! I think it's cool that we have so many diverse fans from all different ethnicities and genders and different walks of life. I'm not exactly quite sure what it is that attracts everybody, but I think that it's such a beautiful thing. I think one of the things that stands out and that is so important is that we are all diverse. We all come from different cultures and backgrounds, but we come together to pursue a dream and do what we love.

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How will you be celebrating nationwide marriage equality come the end of the month, should the Supreme Court legalize it?
Hamilton: We'll be super supportive. Like we said, it's all about equality and people being happy at the end of the day. When that day comes, we will definitely be 100 percent behind it. That's such a special thing. I'm just surprised it hasn't happened sooner, but progress is coming.

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Although not usually thought of in this way, your latest single, "Worth It," can be seen as sort of an LGBT anthem, especially considering the theme and message. How does that make you feel?
Brooke: That's awesome! The main thing we want people to get out of that song is to have fun and feel empowered. I take the song as telling somebody that you're worth it, you're worth their respect. Kinda having this confidence about that, being confident in who you are and saying, "Hey, you know what? I'm worth it!" If that can be an LGBT song, then that's awesome! We want eveybody to feel good when listening to it.

Watch Fifth Harmony's music videos for "Worth It" & "Bo$$" below.

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