Zendaya Coleman isn't exactly a role model. Instead, she says she's a real model. What does that mean? Let's let her explain.
"I think it’s a responsibility, but like Tupac Shakur, I’m a real model," she told Complex. "Which means: I’m not pretending to be something that I’m not, because like he said, people are going to be disappointed when they find out who you are, because it’s not going to be what you presented to the world. So just keep it real. I’m a good kid and that’s all."
She used this term -- real model -- again, when she was asked about Miley Cyrus.
"I think again it’s that real model, role model thing," she said, talking about Disney stars. "A lot of them were forced into being role models and they had to pretend to be something that they didn’t feel matched up with who they were. And that’s because they started really, really young. So you’ve got to realize when you’re really young you don’t know who you are yet.
"And as soon as you figure it out, you’ve already been forced to become something that you didn’t really know you signed up for," she added. "So it’s like, I get it. There’s a lot of pressure, so I completely understand. Everyone has their different ways of learning and growing and finding out who they are, and you can’t fault people for that. Again, I think with all the prior Disney stars, at least you can say they are themselves now."
She was then asked if she will ever have a "Miley moment," whatever that means.
"No," she said. "That’s why I said, in order to avoid those problems just be yourself from the beginning and be honest with the world, because that’s the only thing you can do. There will be no surprises...I’m not suddenly going to be like woo, crazy."
Zendaya appeared on the cover as Complex's Women Of Next Year 2016 issue. She's also the cover star of Ebony's December 2015-January 2016 issue, which you can view below.