Zendaya Talks The Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandals, Using Her Platform For Good & More With ‘InStyle’

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Zendaya, draped in Chloe, fronts InStyle magazine’s January 2018 issue!

Check out what the 21-year-old superstar shared with the fashion magazine below:

On being a superstar: “It’s weird to be like, ‘Hmm, how successful am I?’ I just try to live, and, you know, sh*t happens. I’ve said it a million times, but I’d rather be known for the active change I’ve made than for what my name stands for.”

 

On her gender-nonspecific fashion line, “Daya by Zendaya”: “I just felt that if I’m going to do a clothing line, that’s the only way I see it being done. That’s the future of fashion.”

On using her platform for more than just aesthetics: “I’ve had the luxury of watching people do this before me, and I realize that [being a role model] is actually a huge part of the job. You sign up for that. You’re being watched. You can choose to accept that and appreciate it, or you can choose not to. That’s 100 percent your choice. I choose to acknowledge it. When parents or young people come up to me, the first thing they say is not ‘Oh, I love that show you did.’ It’s ‘Hey, thank you for saying this’ or ‘My daughter really needed to see that.’ That stuff is much more of a compliment.”

 

On the current social climate in regards to women and harassment allegations: “The bravery of the women who came forward is a huge step toward making sure it’s safer for me and other young women who are just coming up. I’m at that prime age right now. Twenty-one. Starting off. That’s when people take advantage and abuse their power and do terrible shit. I think it’s definitely a sisterhood.”

On her upbringing: “My mom and dad and I have completely different opinions about things sometimes, because my dad is a 64-year-old black man, and those different perspectives are important. Sometimes it’s pretty random how it all works. You might just happen to be at a meeting and then you start talking politics, and a good conversation develops.”

 

Images: Anthony Maule for InStyle

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