Zendaya Coleman is an actress, model and singer. And she’s also a killer role model for young women because of her dedication to self-love and openness about struggling with body acceptance. In a recent interview, she told People how she learned to love her curly hair.
“Growing up, I wasn’t very confident in my curls,” she told People StyleWatch. “It wasn’t like the hair that girls around me had. And nobody really knew what to do with my hair. My mom is white and my dad is black — they have two very different hair types. So we learned how to manage my hair together, and I also watched YouTube videos to find easy styles to do.”
This isn’t the first time Coleman has spoken out about her hair. At last year’s Oscars, she rocked some gorgeous dreadlocks, but not everyone was on board with them. In an extremely classy Instagram post,Coleman hit back at negative comments Giuliana Rancic from Fashion Police made about her look. She explained why the criticism of African-American hair needs to stop:
And in the best move ever, Barbie created a personalized doll based on Zendaya’s Oscars look. Could it be more amazing?
When I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my…how times have changed. Thank you @barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be apart of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can’t wait to keep doing amazing things with you #besuper @luxurylaw @theshelbyswain
Coleman’s confidence and poise are seriously contagious. Today, it was announced that she is the newest ambassador for Cover Girl.
Hot news—@Zendaya is joining the COVERGIRL family! She’s a quadruple threat (singer, dancer, actress, style & beauty icon) and total girl boss. As a #COVERGIRL, she’ll share personal beauty tips (have you seen her brow game?) and inspiration to help you do you. Get the makeup list used on Zendaya in the comments below, and check back later for a special #COVERGIRLZendaya surprise! It’s huge!
In a press release provided to SELF, Coleman says that she hopes to use this new platform to empower and inspire other women.
This mission lines up perfectly with what she told People StyleWatch.
“I like who I am, and I hope that I can help a lot of other young women get there,” she says. “I think that a big part of that is showing that you can dress and wear your hair however you want. People will say whatever they have to say, but as long as you feel good and you feel confident and you’re taking those steps to feel comfortable with yourself, then you’re good!”
We love it.