Natalia Jimenez on Feminism and Latin Music: "We're Gonna Push More Than Men"
Prior to releasing her solo album, Jiménez worked with Ricky Martin on "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tú."
"It was great working with Ricky. I mean he's an icon and he's superhot," she laughs. "Besides that, the best thing I got out of it is that people started seeing me as someone who could be sexier, fresher, and cooler than la 5ª Estación. From there, I said, if I did this with Ricky, I can do other things, like what I'm doing now with Daddy Yankee and Wisin."
That, and her follow-up solo album, set to be released later this year.
"We've been working on it for like two-and-a-half years. It's more contemporary and has more of an electronic sound. I didn't wanna do typical pop-rock ballads anymore. I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna do something totally different.' That's the good thing about being solo.
"[My new stuff] still has the same meaning and message, but the music is more intense and fresh."
Music aside, Jiménez's journey has been an inspiration for other mujeres trying to break into the biz.
"One of the biggest challenges women face are themselves," she says. "Just for the fact of being a woman, you think you can't achieve certain things. I think we have to change that mindset. In the end, that's what makes us feel behind.
"We have to focus on our lives and ourselves and keep pushing. One thing I see in men is that they keep pushing. We have to do that ourselves. If women keep pushing, believe me, we're gonna push more than men."
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Premios Tu Mundo 2014. With Juanes, Alexis & Fido, Yandel, el General Gadiel, Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo, David Bisbal, Gabriel Coronel, la Ley, Lucero, Gerardo Ortiz, Natalia Jiménez, los Tucanes de Tijuana, and others. Thursday, August 21. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $26 to $30 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 786-777-1000, or visit aaarena.com.