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[SOUND] [MUSIC] This is my first Essence cover, which is very exciting. I think it's a very, it's a monumental moment. As a young black woman. First of all, I get to do it in this wonderful tropical setting. Which is like even doper. Just living it up with nature. So I definitely win with that. Yes, this is my first time in Rio. Actually it's my first time in South America, I believe so. This is very exciting for me. [MUSIC] Who inspire my confidence on the red carpet? I would say every moment that ever she's a picture of me And is inspired in some form or another and gains confidence from that. That's what gives me confidence, simply by having the guts to go out and wear a mullet to the Grammys. I think in many ways, a lot of women can look at that and say, dang, if she can do that then I can go to school and wear whatever the heck I want. Even though so-and-so says it was wack, I'm wearing that shirt cause I like it. And that's what inspires me, is knowing that there's some Somebody out there that needed to see it. As soon as I get back home I go out and start doing Spiderman which I'm very excited about because I've bene wanting to break into a different space in the acting world for a long time. We're probably gonna have another season of KC Undercover which I love. I'm very excited about Finishing my album which I hope to be finishing within the next few months. I feel like a lot of young people especially who have ever dealt with like love in any form can really relate to. Balancing that with everything else that I have going on in the fashion world and stuff is a lot, but it's great. My number one thing is all the charity and all the Inspirational stuff that I get to do which is really the reason behind all of it. [MUSIC]

Behind the Cover with Zendaya

The stylish starlet shines on the coast of glamorous Rio de Janeiro for the August 2016 cover of ESSENCE.