It all began with a dream to see Disney World.
Camila Cabello was born in Cojimar, Eastern Havana, Cuba to Sinuhe Estrabao and Alejandro Cabello. A Cuban-Mexican, with her father originating from Mexico City. As a child, she and her family moved back and forth between Mexico City and Havana, before relocating to Miami, Florida at the age of 5. The documentary, “Made In Miami” shares Camila’s journey and how her parents decided to leave everything behind and immigrate to the U.S.
At first, Camila and her mother entered the United States via Mexico. They were detained for 22 hours at the border until they were given parole. During that time, all Camila could remember was being promised to go to Disney World. “Saying bye to my dad, I felt why is everybody so emotional? But, I was mostly like yeaaaah I am going to Disney World”, she said.
Due to the difficulty of obtaining a visa, Camila’s father was forced to enter the U.S. He went through the rio grande and practically risked his life. “What you want is to be with your family, and honestly it was the happiest trip of my life” he said. It was definitely tough for him, but all he cared about was being reunited with his family.
Camila song “Havana”, who hit No. 1 in the U.S, shows a complete representation of her parents sacrifices to provide Camila with a better life. This song not only resonates with her life story, but many other immigrants who have traveled across the border in search of a better life. She then goes to explain how she went from being extremely shy, into making her presence in the music industry.
When you are the most afraid, that’s when you gotta make the jump.