Zendaya has been one of Hollywood’s most notable talents since Disney discovered her. The 20 year old actress has her head on straight and dares to be a role model for young girls everywhere. During a recent interview with Marie Clare, Zendaya discussed her work ethic with Janet Mock about she is using her position of power to be a standing ovation for girls everywhere.
“As a black woman, as a light-skinned black woman, it’s important that I’m using my privilege, my platform, to show you how much beauty there is in the African-American community. I am Hollywood’s, I guess you could say, acceptable version of a black girl, and that needs to change. We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to be the only representation of that.”
She then adds that she intentionally auditions for roles written for white girls.
I always tell my theatrical manager, ‘Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds. I remember making the decision to straighten my hair. I didn’t know that they were going to be more diverse in their casting. I didn’t know that they were going to be more diverse in their casting. I didn’t know that I was walking into a situation where they were already breaking the rules. You get so used to having to break the rules for people.”