Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine

Actress Zendaya is all about advocating for being confident in the skin you were born in. She recently posed in a fabulous blue dress on the cover of New You magazine. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and her cover photo has self-love and acceptance written all over it.

The 19-year-old opens up with her thoughts on bullies, photoshop and more.

When referring to excessive photoshopping, she says, “There is no such thing as ugly. That’s a word that doesn’t really enter my vocabulary. If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself. No other person can be you 100 percent; no one has your fingerprint; no one has your DNA. You are you 120 percent, through and through. Whether it is through my social media or whatever, I want anyone who looks up to me to know that I go through the same problems. I have to be confident in who I am. When I learn things about myself, I like to share that journey with people because I know there are a lot of people going through the same thing.

Her views were partially influenced by what she witness last October. Zendaya criticized Los Angeles-based fashion magazine, Modeliste, after it “digitally altered her already slender figure for its cover shoot.”

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Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated,” she captioned a split image of the original photo and the Photoshopped picture.

Zendaya feels that these are the type of things that ruin women’s confidence and makes them self-conscious. It creates the unrealistic standards of beauty. “Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love,” she said.

Other issues she discussed was her experience with bullying, and how she dealt with it.

I was made fun of in school,” she said. “But it didn’t bother me very much because I was very comfortable in who I was. I was taught as a young child by my parents and family to love myself. And it’s the same today—there are certain things that don’t bother me. I just focus on being a good person. I was always very aware of the world and I was never sheltered from the negative things that were out there. I feel that if you shelter your kids from everything, one day they are going to be out in the world on their own and they are going to have to figure it out. You can’t give them a test if you never taught them anything that’s on the test. They’re going to fail. You have to prepare people and sometimes that’s just being honest with them and letting them know things sooner.”

Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine

Zendaya wants young girls to know that certain things are common and is finding different ways to share her message with tweens around the world. When talking about her biggest fears, she says that everyone is scared of something. “For me, I’m a Virgo so I’m a perfectionist and I am afraid of not being perfect; of things failing or not doing as well as I think I should. That’s a constant battle that I have with myself because I hold myself to really high standards and I want to be so good. Sometimes I’m like dude, you’re only 19! Relax, stop overdoing it, and just breathe for a second. You’re doing really good, you’re on a roll here, stop stressing yourself out,” she said

Additionally, Zendaya has been doing big things. She has competed on “Dancing With the Stars” and penned a book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years With Style and Confidence. She also just released her new single ‘Something New” featuring Chris Brown.

Look at more photos from her cover story below!

Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine
Photography by: Fadil Berisha, New You Magazine

We love Zendaya and her positive spirit!

By: Taylor Bennett

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