ESSENCE has revealed it’s August cover star and it’s none other than Zendaya Coleman. The Disney star’s beautiful photo spread was shot in Rio De Janeiro against the city’s gorgeous blue skies and beaches.
In true Zendaya fashion, she spoke openly about how standing up for herself has always been important to her:
“When I talk to people about [standing up for myself], it’s not new,” she said. “It’s not something I just started doing. I Just did it in public, and more people saw it than usual,” she said regarding Giuliana Rancic’s “weed and patchouli” reference to the faux locs she rocked on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2015.
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