Zendaya on Michael Jackson, Bullies & Photoshopping


The former Disney star has revealed that she really looks up to the legendary singer because he had a strong work ethic and was an inspiring performer who was also supportive of worthy causes:

“I’ve always been obsessed with him. Ever since I was little, he was always to me the best entertainer that lived. Just the way he moved, his work ethic, and how he was able to make music without cursing or being profane. [He made] music with a purpose and still was the biggest artist of all time, as well as all the charity work he was able to do. I think he was just the best.”

Zendaya reveals that during her school years, she did encounter bullies but she never let them get to her because she always had a good understanding of herself from a very young age. She explains that she came to understand the world in a very balanced way because she was never sheltered:

“I was made fun of [in school] 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.”

Commenting on photoshopped images, she says that she hopes people can understand that covering up the real you is not the way to achieve perfection. She believes fully embracing yourself for who you are in the only way to be happy and grow in confidence:

“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.”


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Zendaya on Michael Jackson, Bullies & Photoshopping

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