#MotivationMonday: 8 Life Tips Zendaya Swears by That You Should Too
By now, we’re stating the obvious when we say Zendaya gives the realist advice. The 18-year-old singer, actress and now shoe designer is also becoming famous for her thoughtful declarations and take-the-higher-road responses to nasty comments directed at her style and beauty, which in our eyes, have always been on point. At BeautyCon LA this past weekend, Zendaya took a break from her newest music project to sit down with Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style, Joe Zee and actress Olivia Culpo for an intimate talk about how to deal with haters and staying true to you. Naturally, she slayed, tossing out life, style and beauty tips made for #MotivationMonday all while keeping things totally real. In other words, these are words to live by (+ major #preach moments) ahead.
<b>We all have the power to help each other</b>
For Zendaya, tweeting, ‘gramming and FB-ing comes with the same small social courtesies we do for each other IRL, like holding the door open for your busy co-worker or giving up your seat on the bus to someone who maybe *hasn’t* been sitting behind a desk for the last eight hours. “With social media, for me, with great power comes great responsibility, and if you think about it, all of us have so much power at our fingertips. We literally have access to the World Wide Web — we can contact whoever we want, we can say whatever we want and it’s out for millions and millions of people to see. For me, I feel responsible to use that power to send good messages and positive things, to empower other women to say ‘Hey girl, you look good today.’ So I feel like it’s so important to help each other,” she said. “My stance is to not just leverage it for myself, for selfish reasons, but for things I’m passionate about.”
<b>Take fashion risks to switch up your image</b>
Labels like are hard to shake off as you grow up, especially when that label is “Disney Channel Star.” For Zendaya, updating her image meant taking risks to get people to see her as less of a Mouseketeer and more of an individual. “It’s been a long process just getting people to see me in a different light. Especially when you’re a Disney star it’s like, ‘That’ girl from Shake It Up? I don’t want her in my dress!’ So you gotta build. That’s why I started taking fashion risks, and I was like ‘Oh, you don’t see me like this, you’re gonna see me like this now!’ So you experiment and you keep trying and eventually my stylist and I, we broke down a lot of doors,” she said. “It’s all growth and a process and it’s fun at the end of the day. I have a lot of fun doing it.”
<b>But don’t be afraid of your voice</b>
When push comes to shove, Zendaya has a gameplan for responding to haters. “I don’t respond that all much but every now and then I think, ‘it’s okay, now I can respond, now I can say something’ I’m not trying to be a hero or anything I just don’t think it’s fair I don’t think it’s cool, but I say it in a way that’s like ‘hahaha but you won’t do it again.’ So you gotta do it in a way so nobody’s feelings are hurt but you got the point,” she said. “And it’s about using your knowledge and taking the time. If it’s something that really hurt you and it’s something that you think other people are affected by, don’t be afraid of your voice. But make sure you do it in the right way. Don’t be ignorant or don’t just slander or drag somebody. Take your time, create an educated response, say something that makes sense hopefully to enlighten or educate that person instead of just to beat them down.”