Becky G: "The Best Thing You Can Do Is Love and Be Patient With Yourself"

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Becky G can do it all — seriously, the girl is a talented rapper with an incredible vocal range, a great songwriter, an amazing dancer, a soon-to-be actress, and of course, a CoverGirl. But it doesn't end there for Becky. The 18-year-old has big dreams and all the motivation in the world to make them happen. We caught up with the singer, whose new song "Break a Sweat" is about to be stuck in your head forever, to chat about her fight to make it in the music industry as part of CoverGirl's #GirlsCan campaign. Becky opened up about launching her career while her family was struggling, what keeps her going on days when she's down, her best beauty advice, and even her secret talent. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.

On Her Biggest Motivation
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On Her Biggest Motivation

"I think my biggest motivation is my family. I'm not just doing this to change my life, but also to change theirs. I work hard for them. I find inspiration for them every single day. What I chose to do with my life isn't the easiest, and when it does get hard, they're my backbone. They're always there to help me get through it, whatever it is — whether it's personal things or stuff that has to do with my career. And it's awesome."

On Living the American Dream
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On Living the American Dream

"I definitely think I am living my American dream. You know everybody has different versions of that, but I think, in my case, I'm doing what I love to do. And not only that — I'm getting to do it on a level that I had only dreamed of. I'm living my teenage dream — you know? I get to travel the world, and I have such incredible fans, I get to perform on stage, and I get to make friends and meet incredible people."

On Keeping a Positive Attitude
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On Keeping a Positive Attitude

"There have definitely been plenty of times when I've been down. You know what I do is very emotionally, physically, and mentally draining, and there's definitely times when I'm constantly on the go, and the flights are nonstop. I'm coming to LA, and although I'm in LA, I don't get to even see my family. We might live in the same house, but I'm out and about in meetings and the studio. When it gets really, really hard and I'm, like, "Do I really have to go to the studio right now? I'm so tired," my mom is the first to be, like, "You're you. You go for it, mama. You're capable of doing this."

On Social Media
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On Social Media

"It's definitely bittersweet. You know it's bitter because you no longer have your own sense of privacy, but I think that I was raised to be an open book, so that part of it genuinely doesn't bother me. Whatever it is I go through in life, I want my fans to know that I'm just like them. I'm a human being and I go through things. You know I get stressed out, I have breakups, and I go through heartbreak. And what's great about it, too, is I remember growing up and looking up to people, like Jennifer Lopez, and thinking: "Wow! She's always sparkly and glittery and always looking top-notch amazing!" And as time has gone by, with social media, we get to learn the other side of artists and find out they're not superheroes."

On Her Song "We Are Mexico"
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On Her Song "We Are Mexico"

"In that song in particular, I speak about my grandparents and the fact that they came here for a better life. They didn't know the language, and they learned it. They didn't have any form of transportation, and they figured it out. They had a family, and they made sure that their children had the best that they could supply for them — although it wasn't much. And they made something out of nothing, and I had to do the same thing, but in my own way. I started at the most difficult time in my life. I was 9 years old, which is so young, and we were living in my grandparent's converted garage. The percentage of chance that getting a record deal could actually happen was small, and I actually did it. I think this generation has done so many things to prove people wrong on stereotypes. And we're not doing it because we're trying to prove people wrong, but simply because we're doing things that we love to do."

On the Best Advice For Her Fans
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On the Best Advice For Her Fans

"This age . . . it's a very complicated time in your life. You're growing up, and you're figuring out who you are and what you want to do and what is that you like, and the best thing you can do is love yourself and be patient with yourself. Because it might take you more time than others to figure it out or maybe it's the opposite like with me. I felt at a very young age I knew who I was and I knew what I wanted to do, and I felt singled out because nobody else was on that page in their life. But I learned to be patient with myself and I learned to love myself for who I was."

On What's Next
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On What's Next

"I feel like I'm just now starting to scratch the surface. Yes, I just got my role on Empire, and I've been filming that, and it's been incredible: I've learned so much already. But that's a TV series — maybe one day you'll see Becky in a movie or maybe directing a movie or maybe writing a movie. I love fashion, obviously I'm into beauty because of CoverGirl, and that's great. But you know, maybe having my own fashion line one day — it's definitely on my list of things to do. And also I love food! Maybe I'll have my own cookbook or my own restaurant. I mean, the possibilities are endless, and that's what's so exciting about it — there's always something to do, you know?"

On Her Secret Talent
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On Her Secret Talent

"This is very random — very, very random actually. But when I was about 9 years old, I learned to crochet from my grandma. So I know how to crochet blankets and little beanies and scarves and stuff. I don't do it as much now, but I definitely went through a phase where that's all I focused on in elementary school. And I would focus on making little outfits for Barbies, and it's a very random thing that I actually enjoy doing. Yup, I'm a rapper and a crocheter!"

On Her Best Beauty Advice
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On Her Best Beauty Advice

"This is what CoverGirl stands for: beauty is beyond the makeup. It's within yourself, it's having confidence, and I feel like the makeup just enhances that. With me, I'm a confident person with or without makeup, but when I'm wearing makeup, I just kind of feel more fierce. But I think the most important thing is to be confident and love yourself. And always rock a smile — I think that's the most beautiful thing a woman can have."

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