Maroon 5 “needs a girl like you,” and by that they mean a powerful mami chasing her dreams and advocating for her community.
On Thursday, the pop rock group released the music video for their latest single “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B, and it’s filled with cameos from A-List celebs and everyday bosses.
Stars like Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Mary J. Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Rita Ora, Ashley Graham, Aly Raisman and Ellen DeGeneres, among others, as well as change-makers like activist Angy Rivera, Somali-American politician Ilhan Omar, Muslim entrepreneur Amani Al-Khatahtbeh and trans actress Trace Lysette dance around frontman Adam Levine.
“For me, the overall message is celebrating all the women and girls in our community doing awesome things. From being the first Somali-American elected official to confronting an abuser in court, we are the women doing the heavy-lifting and should be celebrated how we are,” Rivera told FIERCE.
The New York-based Colombian immigrant rights activist, who said she was in disbelief when she received an email from Levine’s rep informing her the artist wanted her in his video, sported an “Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic” t-shirt in the visual.
“It was important to remind folks about immigrant justice and remind people that undocumented folks can speak up for themselves and organize,” Rivera, 27, said. “…People shy away from saying deportations are wrong because they do not want to be seen as ‘that’ person, so to have the whole team completely embrace my message was so meaningful.”
Feeling “welcomed, empowered and supported,” she said Levine “was very sweet” and referred to Cardi “openly rapping about masturbation” as the icing on the cake.
Watch the powerful “Girls Like You” video above and purchase Rivera’s tee, designed by Gerardo Mendez, over at the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC).