Is there nothing this girl can’t do? Zendaya is one of the biggest It Girls right now, killing it in every department. While she became famous for her acting and music, she is also a skilled dancer and now a shoe designer. Oh, and the 19-year-old still finds time to fit in charity work because she has a heart of gold. Here are 10 pieces of advice from Zendaya, one of Hollywood’Ss most inspirational women.
On standing up to bullies
Zendaya has shown us you shouldn’t be shy about standing up to rude people on social media. Most recently she wrote to someone who had the nerve to call her parents ugly, and her response was right on point: “First, I’m gonna pray for you. While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world. They have chosen to spend their entire life, not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow minds. (One of the most important yet underpaid jobs we hav.e) So please, log out, go to school, hug a teacher and read a textbook… and while you’re at it, go look in the mirror and know that you too are beautiful, because such hateful things only stem from internal struggles. Bless you.” – Me and my BEAUTIFUL family
On how to handle social media
Having millions of followers on social media must be stressful from time to time. To say goodbye to unnecessary drama Zendaya suggests: “Don’t impulse tweet all the time because sometimes you say things you don’t mean or things that are hurtful and it can cause so much drama. I always think before I handle a situation whether I want it to be funny or to be serious.”
On what to wear the first week of school
As if the return of homework isn’t stressful enough, choosing what to wear can add hours to your morning routine. Zendaya says you will be fine as long as you don’t do this: “My number one, honest, real solid piece of advice is don’t wear all your dope clothes in the first week. Don’t do it. Spread out your new pieces because if you wear that new shirt with the same jeans you had last year, no one is going to notice. But if you wear the whole new outfit, and you wear it in the first week, then you have nothing else to wear.”
On her go to outfit
Zendaya always looks good, but clearly you don’t need access to major dollars and designer clothes to steal her look. If you need an outfit you know will look fly, Zendaya says: “Everyone looks good in some boyfriend jeans, a white T-shirt and some dope shoes. Everyone looks good in it, boys, girls everyone.”
On her hair
“I’ve never dyed my hair, I’ve never really cut my hair. I’m afraid to! When I did my first season of my show [Shake It Up], I really didn’t know any better. I was on a show every day and heat was constantly on my hair and I went from having this huge lion’s mane hair to nothing. It was growing, but breaking off and I was like, ‘What is going on here?’ I went through that whole thing that every girl goes through. Then I learned that I need to take care of my hair, and trim it every so often, condition it and stay away from heat products.”
On wearing heels
As if Zendaya wasn’t doing enough already, she has also started her own shoe collection. Even though she is 5’10”, Zendaya is never one to shy away from heels. In fact she has told girls that it’s ok to be tall and wear heels, you should own being the tallest girl in the room. But she followed that piece of advice with: “If you’re going to the airport, I’m not the lady to wear heels — I’m just not going to do it. If I’m going to an event, I wouldn’t be caught dead in flats. I love to be tall on red carpets.”
On what to call your eyebrows
Zendaya is known for her killer eyebrows. The phrase “eyebrows on fleek” isn’t rad enough to describe this girls’ brows, so she invented her own term: “browfection.” We are 100% adding that to our vocabulary.
On doing good for others
Zendaya is a spokesperson for UNICEF, working with them on their Trick-Or-Treat program. This is a project that is really important to Zendaya because she believes young people should help others. She said: “I heard about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and thought it was a really fun way to encourage young people to learn about what’s happening in the world and inspire them to help others. My favorite part of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is that it empowers kids to help other kids.”
On how to do your nails
Truly stylish girls get every detail perfect, right down to the little things like their nails. Zendaya’s nail advice is:
“You can never go wrong with a bright colour. Pick your favourite colour, but choose the brightest version of that colour for your nails. That’s a really cool look! I also love white nails because I feel that white matches everything, but it still pops at the same time.”
On feeling good about yourself
We all have self-esteem issues, even a Queen B like Zendaya. Her confidence advice for us is: “Learn how to accept and focus on yourself. You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.” Well said!
Bonus: On loving yourself
“Fall in love with yourself. And realize that that is OK. It’s not being cocky or arrogant. It’s being proud of who you are and loving yourself. And there is nothing wrong with that.”