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Maddie Ziegler: 'Sia told me not to fix my big teeth'

Maddie Ziegler has gone from an unknown dancer to a star in Sia's music videos, TV show judge and fashion designer.

Sia stopped her video mini-me Maddie Ziegler spending a fortune fixing her "big teeth".

The 13-year-old, who launches her first fashion line, Maddie, next month (Oct16), fears she would have made a costly mistake were it not for the advice of her Chandelier hitmaker mentor.

"She's definitely helped me feel comfortable in my own skin," the teenager tells PeopleStyle. "I always had a fear my teeth were too big, and I wanted to fix them. But she told me not to. She said, 'It’s what makes you you'. She always reminds me to stay true to myself."

Maddie starred in three Sia videos - Big Girls Cry, Elastic Heart and Chandelier - and she will also dance on the famous wig-wearer's Nostalgia for the Present tour, which starts in Seattle, Washington on 29 September (16).

“I’ve learned a lot from her (Sia),” Ziegler, who is also a judge on U.S. dance reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, says while discussing the 40-year-old Australian she considers a big sister.

“Even though she might be older than me, we are best friends," Maddie adds. "Sometimes she is like one of my closest friends, and I know I’m 13, so it’s really weird to say, but it’s true.”

Though she might be mature for her age, Maddie still has many of the same concerns and insecurities as any normal teenager.

"I can’t be perfect at everything and I don’t want to look perfect because I learned to be comfortable and flaws are actually beautiful," she smiles.

When she's not busy with Sia or school, Maddie is working every spare minute on her new fashion line for kids closer to her own age.

“I wanted the line to be something teens could feel confident and happy in,” she explains. “Sometimes I’ll go to pick clothes and they’re either too young-looking or too old-looking. There’s never really an in-between. We don’t always want to wear bright colors or hot pink daily."

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