Is there anyone more real than Zendaya? From slamming a magazine for Photoshopping a pic of her, to handling haters, to shutting down Giuliana Rancic over that rude comment about her hair at the Oscars, Z slays every time.
In the new issue of Complex magazine, Zendaya talks about her Disney Channel roots and the importance of being a "real model" versus a "role model."
You know that whole thing where Disney Channel stars grow up in front of our eyes and then eventually have to break away from their Disney persona to show they're not a kid anymore?
Don't expect a huge dramatic move from Z, who is so about keeping it real, she doesn't anticipate she'll have to follow that path to break out as a young woman.
What you see is what you get, so to speak.
When asked about her fellow Disney alum, like Miley Cyrus, Zendaya told Complex: "I think again it's that real model, role model thing. A lot of them were forced into being role models and they had to pretend to be something that they didn't feel matched up with who they were. And that's because they started really, really young. So you've got to realize when you're really young you don't know who you are yet. And as soon as you figure it out, you've already been forced to become something that you didn't really know you signed up for."
She added, "So it's like, I get it. There's a lot of pressure, so I completely understand. Everyone has their different ways of learning and growing and finding out who they are, and you can't fault people for that. Again, I think with all the prior Disney stars, at least you can say they are themselves now."
Zendaya doesn't anticipate having a "Miley moment," explaining, "That's why I said, in order to avoid those problems just be yourself from the beginning and be honest with the world, because that's the only thing you can do. There will be no surprises."
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