Filipino American sensation Bella Poarch this month graces the cover of Cosmopolitan’s first music issue.
She is best described as a content creator, social media influencer, and pop dark pop musician. The genre is basically pop with a sad and dark vibe.
“Music helps me express myself. To be on the cover of Cosmo,especially the FIRST ever music issue, is something younger me could’ve only ever dreamed of,” she declared on her Facebook page with a photo of the cover.
She recalls growing up on a farm and always singing while cutting the grass. Her sickle became her microphone, but she would also sneak into the house to play the piano
She first gained fame lip synching on TikTok to Millie B’s song Soph Aspin Send. Poarch quickly gained more than 69 million followers on that platform. She’s now up to 88 million followers and 2 billion likes.
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According to Cosmopolitan, Poarch was born in the Philippines and raised by her grandmother before being adopted. The family moved to the United States where she graduated from high school and joined the Navy.
Her first music video, Build a Bitch, has nearly 400 million views.
Her new EP comes out in the spring.
Poarch stands at just 5 feet even. That’s small by any standards, but especially the military. She recalls when a Marine saw her in a bar, started making fun of her size and then picked her up and wouldn’t put her down.
“So I decided to punch him in his mouth,” she told Cosmopolitan. And he fell because I punched him really hard and I kept punching. I almost got in trouble because I guess the guy lost his front teeth. I actually have a scar2 from it.”
She describes herself as shy, but when she gets into the studio and puts on “badass clothes,” she become “Baddie Bella.”
“In the Philippines, I took care of sheep, goats, cows, chickens, and we had over 20 dogs and cats. It was hard. When I was 14, we moved to America and I went to school in Fresno, California. I graduated when I was 16, but I was scared to go to college. And I wasn’t allowed to really do what I wanted. My parents controlled everything. I didn’t want that for the rest of my life. So I joined the military,” she said.
Poarch aims to make music that makes women feel “powerful and confident.”
“I might be pretty, I might be cute and sweet, but if you f*ck with me, you’re going to get f*cked up.”
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