Zendaya Coleman, Disney Channel star jetted off to Rio de Janeiro to pose for Essence magazine’s August issue which is also the second annual global issue for the brand.
The teen star looks super sexy on the cover, with a flawless glow. Zendaya who is only 19 has made it her mission to use her voice to speak out against any and all racial injustices.
In her interview, Zendaya who has increasingly become a fashion star spoke about ‘her dreadlocks’ at Oscars 2015 and why it is important to stand up for yourself no matter how young.
Speaking on Standing up for herself;
“When I talk to people about [standing up for myself], it’s not new,” she said. “It’s not something I just started doing. I Just did it in public, and more people saw it than usual.”
Zendaya made headlines (and earned the applause of Black women everywhere) when she came up with a perfectly eloquent response to E! Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic, who said that her 2015 Oscars lots looks like they smelled like “patchouli…or weed.”
So where did this willingness to speak her mind come from?
Zendaya credits her parents, who both taught in the Oakland school district and made it a point to teach her respectability politics.
For the cover shoot, the star was shot against Rio’s amazing blue skies and beautiful blue lagoon wearing amazing print pieces.
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