Zendaya is always being called a role model, since she's such a fierce inspiration that uses her influence in the best possible way – but when she visited Alli Simpson's talk show on Radio Disney, she explained that she has a better term for what she's hoping to achieve.
"I like the word real model a little bit better because, you know, if you’re a role model, then you’re kind of pretending, right? You’re in a role," Zendaya told Alli. "And for me I don’t feel like I’m pretending to be anyone or in a role. I’m not being someone else, I’m just completely being myself. And in being myself and being true to myself, that in turn inspires and helps other people."
When Zendaya encounters negative criticisms about herself from haters online, she has a great way of dealing with it that she also shared on the show.
"Those are strangers, virtually that know nothing about you. You’re probably never gonna meet them in your life, so you can’t let that stuff affect you and let it hurt you," she advised. "And another thing is, you have the control. Turn it off. If you don’t want to see something, if you don’t want to be involved, delete it."
That's so empowering!
Make sure to tune in to Radio Disney today to hear Alli's entire interview with Zendaya. Let us know what you think of her wise words by leaving us a comment below!