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Essence Magazine August 2016 Cover

Zendaya may only be 19 years old, but she already has an amazing head on her shoulders.

In her August 2016 cover interview with ESSENCE, the Disney Channel star discussed how she keeps her composure while dealing with haters.

“When I talk to people about [standing up for myself], it’s not new,” she said. “It’s not something I just started doing. I Just did it in public, and more people saw it than usual.”

You may remember E! Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic‘s 2015 Oscar “patchouli” and “weed” hair comments, to which Zendaya had this eloquent response:

She then had this to say following Rancic’s apology:

Zendaya says she gets her strength from her parents.

“With her being my daughter, I want her to feel like she’s empowered by having an opinion on life,” her mother, Claire Stoermer, said. “I don’t want her or any of my children to feel like they have to be a part of the status quo and go along with the tide.”

We see you, Zendaya!

SOURCE: ESSENCE | PHOTO CREDIT: ESSENCE Magazine, Instagram

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