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Zendaya Reveals Why She Returned to Disney

Zendaya Reveals Why She Returned to Disney

Zendaya looks like she’s having a blast in this cover photo from her Cosmopolitan July 2016 issue, on newsstands June 7.

Here’s what the 19-year-old Disney star had to share with the mag:

On a situation on-set with someone being racially insensitive: “I didn’t like my hair and makeup one time on a photo shoot, and my publicist told me, ‘You should just be happy with it—they haven’t had a black girl on the cover since forever.’ She’s no longer my publicist.”

On her return to Disney as the star and co-producer of K.C. Undercover: “The only way I was going to come back to the Disney Channel was if I was in a position of more power. One thing that is really important to me is diversity on the channel. It’s hard as a young person of a different ethnicity or background to look at the TV and not see anyone who looks like you. Representation is very important.”

On being in love versus casual hookups: “Me, personally? I would much rather be in love and have the full experience with the person I’m doing that with. Everyone deserves to be in love—it’s different from when you’re with someone you don’t really know. But as long as you protect yourself and get tested periodically, then by all means, go ahead and do what you’ve got to do!”

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Credit: James White/Cosmopolitan
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  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    She is a typical mean girl.

  • Alien Visitor

    Even with Zendaya on the cover, they’ve still NEVER had a black girl on the cover.

  • Dee

    ? she is as black as obama is. do you consider him black?

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