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Zendaya: ‘Don’t be afraid to think you look hot’

Zendaya loves the power she finds in social media.

Zendaya believes beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The 20-year-old actress and singer has been hitting headlines due to speaking out about various issues, especially ones addressing the self esteem of young women.

And as she was interviewed by for her recent Women of the Year honour, Zendaya insisted people should learn to believe in their own beauty.

“Beauty is an undefinable word, it’s in the eye of the beholder and the person that should be beholding that beauty should be you,” she said.

“And it is ok to look in the mirror and be like, ‘Damn, I look good today!’ ”

Over the past few years, Zendaya has proved she’s not afraid of speaking out when it comes to a subject she’s passionate about.

Her courage in being so vocal about her passions stems from her family, and the traits instilled in her from when she was very young.

“The thing is, I’ve never been one to shy about speaking up. I think that’s something I learned especially from my dad. In fact, I got in trouble one time when I was in fifth grade,” she admitted. “There was a girl being bullied and I saw it and I didn’t do anything about it. My dad worked at my school so next thing you know my parents pulled me into the teachers’ lounge and basically cussed me out - I got in trouble for not sticking up for her. That’s something I learned very young - not to sit by when something bad is happening.”

Another subject Zendaya feels passionately about is the strength of women in today’s society. While Hillary Clinton may have lost out to Donald Trump in the recent U.S. presidential election, Zendaya remains adamant that now is “the best time to be a woman in our history.”

“We have a way of being compassionate, loving but also strong. Have you ever seen childbirth? That is strength,” she smiled. “And I think it’s important now especially that we need sisterhood and we need women coming together, stepping up and using their voice.”

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