When you think Zendaya, you think hair and beauty slayage, served with a side of confidence and girl power. But that wasn’t always the case for the 19-year-old phenom. Before becoming a spokesperson for major brands like CHI and CoverGirl, Zendaya admits that had to first learn to love the hair, and skin, she was born with.
“Growing up, I wasn’t very confident in my curls. It wasn’t like the hair that girls around me had,” said Zendaya in an interview with PeopleStyle. “When I was younger, I was afraid to experiment with my look because I was worried about what people thought. But as I’ve gotten older and become more confident in myself, I just don’t care.”
Besides not seeing others with similar hair, Zendaya had to also learn how to care for her hair like many other naturals with limited knowledge. Her saving grace: YouTube.
“[N]obody really knew what to do with my hair,” said Zendaya. “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.”
Today, she’s as vocal and confident as ever and working to empower those around her, including her own nieces.
“There is nobody out there that is completely, 100 percent satisfied with every portion of themselves,” she said. But, “I like who I am, and I hope that I can help a lot of other young women get there. 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!”
Can we say inspiring?