Camila Cabello caused a bit of a commotion when she recently uploaded 2 photos of herself in a hijab (worn by Muslim women to cover their modesty).
The former Fifth Harmony member was in Abu Dhabi, Dubai for RedFest DXB 2019 music festival. Macklemore, G-Eazy, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue (who replaced Jess Glynne when she pulled out a few days prior to the event) and DJ Snake were also there to perform in Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre.
What caught netizen’s attention, however, were the 2 scenic pictures of her taken at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during her UAE capital trip. “I love the feeling of being humbled by traveling to another place and experiencing a completely different culture, it makes you realise how small your world is in comparison to how big the world actually is; how you’re only living one version in a million of the human experience,” she wrote.
The 21-year-singer continued, “But at the same time travel makes you realise we’re not really all that different. I wore a hijab to be respectful when visiting this mosque and at the store this really sweet girl helped me put it on. We didn’t speak the same language, but she was smiling as she helped me, and it felt like she was a close friend.”
The Grammy-nominated artist later added, “never in my life did I think I would see a place like this, I urge anyone to save up to travel, and not like a beach/ resort type thing, but to a place that couldn’t be more different than what you know – it changes your life and mind in every way possible and is one of (and arguably the most) the greatest, most humbling adventures of living. getting to see places like this just makes me desperate to see more“.
She also shared her first-hand experience in detail. “The desert to me was something mystical and almost not real, something I saw in movies but my brain didn’t register as a real place, almost like when you see insane places that look like paintings on planet earth – we got to ride on the dunes and then stay overnight, I woke up to go to the bathroom at 3 and saw stars like I’ve never seen in my life!!! I woke up to all kinds of birds chirping at 4am – there is something so healing about waking up like that. No TV, no electrical devices, no people – waking up hearing the sounds of the birds, waking up at the same time – made everything feel so simple and uncomplicated,” Cabello recalled.
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We don’t know about y’all, but we’re already at flight options to the Arabian desert.