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Zendaya: I don’t want to be one-dimensional

Zendaya wants different types of women to identify with her.

Pop star Zendaya makes a point of trying to show different kinds of beauty on the red carpet.

The 19 year old loves experimenting with fashion and make-up looks when out in public and she admits she does it as much for herself as for other people. Zendaya feels like more diversity is always needed in the world and she’s doing her bit to make sure everyone has someone they can connect with on screen or in a magazine.

“A big reason I play with beauty and hair is that it’s important to show different kinds of beauty when I’m on the red carpet,” she told Flare magazine. “I don’t want to be just one-dimensional or relatable to one type of person. I want a different woman to be like, ’That’s like me! That’s like my hair!’ or ’That’s so my style!'”

Zendaya can do ultra feminine just as easily as an androgynous look and sports a variety of hairstyles from short blonde locks to flowing tresses and dreadlocks. Her endeavours have paid off and she’s been honoured with her own limited-edition Barbie doll which has been modelled on her Oscars look earlier this year (Feb15).

“It’s something that is long overdue,” she said. “There have been black Barbies, but not ones with locs or even natural hair or different facial structures. When I was little, I had a Barbie, but I didn’t have a Barbie that looked like me because there was no mixed-girl-with-curly-hair Barbie!”

Her Academy Awards look was chosen for her mini-me after it received media coverage following Fashion Police co-hosts Guiliana Rancic’s comments about it.

The TV star caused controversy after saying Zendaya looked like she would smell of “weed” or “patchouli oil”. The teen took the furore in her stride however, sharing her thoughts on the situation via social media.

“Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it’s just hidden inside us due to our past or surrounding,” she wrote on Instagram. “That hidden prejudice is often influential in our actions. It’s our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful. I have so many people looking up to me, that I couldn’t be scared, wait it out, nor could I just stand up for me; I had to do it for WE.”

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