We chatted with singer and actress Becky G about how social media has impacted her career, falling in love for the first time, and why she loves to spend time in the 305.
By the age of 20, singer, songwriter, and bona fide starlet Becky G had already climbed her way to the top of music charts, collaborated with some of the biggest names in her industry (Pitbull, aka Mr. 305 Worldwide, included), and showed off her acting chops with a variety of guest appearances on hit TV shows including Fox’s Empire and a starring role in the superhero film Power Rangers. The brunette beauty—whose real name is Rebecca Marie Gomez—was discovered at age 14 singing covers of popular songs on YouTube. Now, even with a lengthy and impressive resume, Becky G tells us she’s only just "scratching the surface."
Last week, the singer jetted to the Magic City to celebrate the grand opening of H&M’s latest Collins Avenue location, where we caught up with her to discuss her style must-haves, her thoughts on social media, falling in love for the first time, her favorite thing about visiting the 305 and more.
What are a few of your style staples? BECKY G: Shoes are really big for me. My two go-tos are wedges and a cute, simple sneaker. I also like to wear beanies because I don’t have to do my hair. You also can never go wrong with a faux leather jacket, a low-cut top, and a detailed bralette.
What item do you think all Miami girls should have in their closet? BG: Whenever I think Miami, I think very sexy and a lot of skin, but keeping it classy, of course! Wearing a maxi dress with a slit is perfect because you can wear it to the beach or out for dinner.
What has been your most daring outfit decision? BG: Overalls. They are very tricky, especially being petite. But with the right pair of shoes and sports bra, I think it’s so ‘90s and fun!
What is the inspiration behind your latest song, "Todo Cambio?" BG: It’s a very special song to me. The literal translation is “everything changed,” and when I made the song, everything in my life changed for the better. I fell in love for the first time, filmed my first movie, and started living on my own. It was a lot of firsts.
Can you tell us about your first love? BG: Finding somebody who I can share my heart with is a really big deal for me. It’s so much more than finding someone who’s great, but being with somebody who makes you want to be greater. So I wrote “Todo Cambio” about that, and it’s one of my favorite songs that I have made.
Can you take us back to the moment you knew you made it? BG: It’s crazy to say it, but the Internet changed my life! I was 14 years old when I got signed [because of] a cover I did on YouTube. But, to be honest, I still feel like I haven’t made it. I feel like I am still scratching the surface on all the things I want to accomplish in my life and my career.
You’ve collaborated with so many awesome artists… BG: Getting to work with people like Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez is very inspiring because these are the people that I have idolized my entire life, especially as a Latina. Being able to see people who represent our culture so beautifully is amazing. They didn’t let being Latin put them in a box; they are worldwide superstars, and I admire that so much.
How has social media impacted your career? BG: Its awesome! I can connect with people all around the world. The hardest part about it is realizing that you don’t really know these people. I feel like I know them because I talk to them on Twitter and Instagram and see them posting fan videos. It’s exciting and really moving.
You have so many young girls follow you on social media. Do you feel responsible for setting a positive example? BG: Of course. There is always pressure with whatever you do in this industry. I’m the oldest of four siblings, so I grew up being the role model. Now to be able to be a role model from beyond my four walls is exciting. I just want to make sure that what I am representing is something positive.
Have you ever received criticism on social media? BG: There is no way of escaping it—it’s just learning how to process it. For me, it goes in one ear and out the other. If you dwell too much on the negativity, it takes away from all the positivity, and I never want to take anything for granted.
Favorite spots to hang out in Miami? BG: When I come to Miami, I always have to get a cafecito Cubano. Food is also really big for me, so I love going to Little Havana.
What is your favorite thing about Miami? BG: The culture and the people; everyone is so lively and colorful. But I love the weather more than anything. When it’s sunny, I feel like everything is so much brighter. I am always happy when I’m in Miami.