Birth Name: Lauren Michelle Jauregui
Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 27, 1996
Ethnicity: Cuban [Spanish, possibly other], likely some Basque
Lauren’s parents, Clara and Michael Jauregui, are Cuban. Her surname is Basque. Lauren has two younger siblings, a brother, Chris, and a sister, Taylor. She has cited Journey, Paramore, Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera as influences.
Lauren has said:
I’ve had to deal with not being white enough for white people and not being Latin enough for Latin people… I’m very fair-skinned with light eyes. At first glance, almost everyone assumes I am purely white… [I’ve had to deal with people] telling me what my roots are or what I am allowed to claim about myself and my own history… All of us came to this country from somewhere else and I can trace my lineage back to Cuba and Spain. All I know is that I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban family. I spoke Spanish before I went to school [as a child]. [I] speak it with all of my family members in my household… All artists of Latino descent [can] have a social and cultural impact [on society]… [When] people see themselves represented, [it allows] them to truly follow their dreams despite the obstacles that routinely get in the way.
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