Dove Cameron Tears Up and Tells Us What #BUILTBYGIRLS Means to Her

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Have you ever been so moved by someone crying that it brought tears to your eyes?

That's sort of what happened when Dove Cameron sat down with us to talk about #BUILTBYGIRLS. The 20-year-old actress and singer was touched by our long term mission. "Oh my god. Wow! That made me cry," Dove said referring to our sizzle video. "It's so cool to see that happening."

She moved to Los Angeles when she was 13 to pursue acting, but before that Dove traveled a lot of the world. "I've been to Third World countries and a lot of my childhood was spent in India. Just being a girl and understanding feminism and equality and what it actually means, not just the broken down Wikipedia version." She explained why equality is so important. "Human rights - seeing girls in these countries or even here, it's not talked about because it's not like it used to be so we think it's progress. Which yes, it is, but it's nowhere near fixed."

After talking to Dove about feminism, we saw how genuine her support was. "I did this Instagram post about women's right and how we still hadn't passed the bill that says we're equal, which is crazy to me! That's not a problem?" Yes, it is.
"It's beautiful to see girls be strong," she told us. "My parents always taught me if I wanted to be girly, I could do that. But that was a choice. It's not because I had to. If I wanted to be with a girl, if I wanted to be with a guy, no matter what religion I wanted, what clothes I wanted to wear - they would accept me and not everyone has that some upbringing and that breaks my heart."

What Dove said next helped warm our hearts. "It's so cool to see people encouraging young girls to be strong. Not with just their jobs or pay, but also socially. Girls don't have to wear makeup. Girls can be badasses. Girls can do anything."

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