With more than 30-million followers on social media, Zendaya Coleman is a force to be reckoned with. And given her multitude of talents – think singer, dancer, author, shoe designer – the 19-year-old star of the Disney Channel hit K.C. Undercover was an obvious choice to cover FLARE’s December issue, in which she talks taking the reigns on her career, African-American hair, charity, style and more.
Showing off designs by Marc Jacobs, Dion Lee and Michael Kors, the ingénue has that rare ability to make everything she wears look cool. And when it comes to fashion and beauty, Zendaya tells the magazine that she loves to play around, saying, “It’s important to show different kinds of beauty when I’m on the red carpet. I don’t want to be just one-dimensional or relatable to one type of person. If I went out there and was just like, pretty, all the time, doing the same thing, it can be cool, but you’re also catering to one type of person, and what about all those other kinds of beautiful out there?”
The California native also opens up about the importance of authenticity and staying true to herself. “ I’ve always been honest with my fans, and I want to keep that up because I feel they can see through the fakeness. They would know if I let someone tweet for me.” And as for being a role model, Zendays says, “In the words of Tupac Shakur: I am a real model because I’m not playing a role and I’m not presenting to be some good kid that’s perfect. It just happens that I’m a good kid, and I don’t do bad stuff and I like to be positive because that’s just how I was raised. I think if I were faking it, then you would’ve seen me break character a long time ago.”