Lauren Jauregui was instilled with confidence from a young age.

The 20-year-olf Fifth Harmony member went to an all-girls school and had a family who supported her dreams.

“I’m really lucky, because I have a mother and a grandmother who always instilled my power in me, always, from the day I was born,” Lauren told Nylon. “And my father, too. My parents never made me feel like I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, ever. It didn’t matter what I wanted to do. My father supported me 1,000 percent, all the way, and never told me, ‘you can’t do that because you’re a girl.’ And on top of that, the school that I went to, and the power I was given with my education. I’m really lucky, I got only power handed to me, and I made use of it, and I only want to share that.”

As for school, Lauren said, “I attribute everything that I feel and all of the passion that I have to that school. It’s an all-girls school, and it was instilled in me to be a confident and courageous woman. ‘Women of courage and confidence’ was the slogan, essentially, of our school. I’m just so grateful because every single teacher I encountered, all of the administration, everyone involved, men and women alike, were there for the purpose of growth of each individual girl. And each individual girl was told how special she was and how much she could influence the world. I’m literally crying thinking about it [laughs]. Every single girl that I went to school with is so inspirational and so powerful and so driven and so unafraid. I think that’s something we all need to instill in each other.”

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