Zendaya is 21 years old but her wisdom far surpasses her age.
For their January 2018 cover, InStyle talked to the actress about her upcoming films, being a role model and the wave of women in Hollywood opening up about sexual harassment. And, per usual, her sentiments were poignant and candid.
“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,” she told the magazine.
“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.”
Set to star in The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, the talent is posed to shine on the big screen as much as she does on Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover. And with the fame comes a conscious level of responsibility to young people who still look up to her.
“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.”
“I choose to acknowledge it.”
Read Zendaya’s full interview on InStyle.