Zendaya just turned 21 years old, but still has the ability to totally school us in life. The Disney star exudes confidence and encourages young women her age to do the same. Mature beyond her years, she’s handled the spotlight beautifully, inspiring many on her rise to stardorm. She graciously handled the Fashion Police dreadlocks joke made at her expense and constantly uses her celebrity to promote self love and discourage discrimination.
Here are 10 of Zendaya’s wisest quotes that we can all learn from. And after reading you’ll feel completely refreshed, enlightened, and badass.
On feeling comfortable in your own skin.
“The best thing is to realize that you are who you are and you gotta work with what you got.” –Seventeen, Dec. 2012
On the need for women to stop hating on each other.
“It’s so hard for women to be happy for one another, like genuinely happy. Once you find that, you know you’ve found true SELF happiness” –@zendyaya, Feb. 2015
On handling disrespect like a complete boss.
Following Giuliana Rancic’s Fashion Police joke, Zendaya took to social media to respond. “There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough” –@zendaya, Feb. 2015
On allowing people to see the bigger picture.
“It is important in this journey to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same. Body shaming and hurtful tactics will never get the job done.” –@zendaya, Feb. 2015
On making women realize they don’t have to strip down to be recognized.
“I just want to show a lot of young ladies that you could be beautiful and just as stunning as everyone else without showing every single inch of your body.” –Jones Magazine, Sept. 2013
On runways and designer brands not being all they’re cracked up to be.Getty
“I’m one of those people that doesn’t follow trends. I set them.” –Jones Magazine, Sept. 2013
On the importance of your besties.Getty
“The secret to a really great friendship is just creating fun memories whenever you’re with that person.” –Seventeen, Aug. 2012
On the slay being possible at any age.
“I want to show [kids] that you don’t have to be older to live your dreams; you can do it at any age. It’s possible. That’s what I’m here for.” –Jones Magazine, Sept. 2013
On knowing life is too short to be pissed.
“There are so many great things in life; why dwell on negativity?” –W Magazine, Feb. 2014
Most importantly, on brushing off the haters like NBD.
“For anyone who feels the need to hate… just know I’m looking at my phone like #girlbye” –@zendaya, May 2015
And by the way, creating her own trends has completely worked out for the teenage style icon. Here, her stylist Law Roach gives us some pointers on how to slay Zendaya-style.