By Becky G, as told to Angie Romero
Just like the strong, powerful women I’ve grown up watching and loving – Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez – I’ve always known that this is about more than just the music. I want to create a movement. I was really young when I started thinking that way, like 12, 13, which is kind of weird, cause I’m still young. But at that time, I already had ideas for a fashion line.
At the time, I started talking to people on Twitter, getting what I thought was a cool fan base of like 2,000 followers, and then it got to 5,000, and that’s how the little Beaster movement began. Then the Cody Simpson stuff started happening and the Cher Lloyd song “Oath” came out and now I’m at 60,000 followers, which is a pretty big number compared to what I started out with.
The way I came up with Beasters as a nickname for my fans is because people call me B for short. I feel like a little beast when I’m onstage, and I feel like my fans have that little beast inside of them, too, this hunger for life. It’s also an expression, like “That’s beast-mode!” so I thought it was a cool name for the whole movement.
Read the rest of this blog post on Fusion (ABC/Univision), where it was originally posted.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A preternaturally confident 15-year-old from Inglewood, Calif., Becky Gomez is a one-of-a-kind artist. She can rap, she can sing, she’s endorsed by Dr. Luke and Justin Bieber, and her influences range from Etta James to Left Eye to Selena Quintanilla.
As she raps on her remix to Ke$ha’s “Die Young”: She’s a “lil bit of diva/lil bit of nice/lil bit of nerd/lil bit of spice.” And like most kids of her generation, she gets what it takes to build her own brand as a nascent pop star. She doesn’t even have an album out and she already has a loyal fan base, with whom she’s constantly interacting on every social media platform on Earth (you can start by following her on Twitter if you haven’t already).
Becky even has a nickname for her fans, “Beasters” (down the line, she’ll tell you all about that). The idea behind this weekly series is to join her on this incredibly exciting journey to the top, revealing in her own words who she is as an artist and a person along the way.
Whether it’s opening for Justin Bieber on tour, or studio sessions toward her debut album, due in 2013, to hanging out with her Mexican-American family, this is an inside look at the making of a Latina pop star with unlimited mainstream appeal.