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At the tender age of 19 Zendaya is a singer, a dancer and an actress but this star thinks the biggest part of her career is being a role model – and staying a role model.she has undeniably become a force in both fashion and television, she was named one of TIME‘s most influential teens, and most recently she made EBONY Magazine’s ‘Power 100 List.’ Now, Zendaya Complex Magazine Cover-shaidysworldfor Complex‘s December-January issue, they spoke with the young starlet about her race, life as a Disney star, and being an influential role model. Zendaya has just been named Complex Magazine’s Woman of Next Year.

Things We Learned From Zendaya’s Cover Story For Complex:Complex magazine 2016 woman of the year-shaidysworldHer family made sure she knew her roots:

“Being a young African-American woman, it’s important to know where you come from. And I think there’s a big disconnect with realizing that we’re from Africa and knowing what’s actually happening there and having a connection. I’ve always had that because my father took the steps to be in touch with his roots and where he comes from.”

  • She thought of her family when responding to Guiliana Rancic’s comments about her Oscars locs:

“All my brothers and my dad at one point had dreadlocks. My little nieces have curly hair. And if they were to have someone say something demeaning about what they have and what they hold dear to them, then I would want them to at least have the pride within themselves to come up with a response that made sense and that they were proud of.”

She sees herself as a ‘real model’ as opposed to a role model a la Tupac, and because of that, she won’t be having any ‘Miley moments’:

“…like Tupac Shakur, I’m a real model. 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…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.”

  • She’s taking her time with her second album, but she’s working with some big names:

“I’m a perfectionist. I’m a Virgo, so everything has to be exactly the way I want it…Timbaland, Diane Warren, Babyface…They don’t treat me like I don’t know anything. They treat me like they value my opinions, what I bring to the table, what I think of things, and I think that’s why they’re still around. That’s why people still care about them.”

  She wants a career like “Oprah plus Beyoncé”:

“I feel like Oprah has that brand where it’s like, it’s trusted. If Oprah says she likes it, it must be good…Everybody loves Beyoncé! Like if Oprah did music.”

Check out the full interview over at Complex.

Mystreetz magazine has become therough draft of the Nigerian music history (a story of what was, is or to come).On our investigative journey, the exploit of Chidinma has interestingly cut our eyes.And according to Sesan Adeniji,the publisher of Mystreetz magazine; My belief about Chidinma’s growth and success is that she is indirectly sharing the same mindset with Sheryl Sandberg , one of the most powerful women in America right now; the co-pilot of the biggest network of humans the world has ever seen which is the chief operating officer of Facebook,

Sheryl Sandberg in her latest book titled Lean In, a memoir-slash- ‘sort of feminist manifesto’ in which she encourages women to pursue their carrier with more rigor. According to this woman who runs a 66 million dollar tech company and sees it as not much of a

challenge, Sandberg’s thesis is unique. Stripped of many caveat, it boils down
to this, like she puts it

 

‘the sisters are doing some of itto themselves. For a variety of reasons, they are not aiming high enough.They’re underestimating their abilities. They’re doing too much housework andchild care, They’re compromising their career goals for partners and children-

in her words. Such feminist manifesto which drove female
artistes such as Onyeka Onwenu, Funmi Adams, Stella Monye to mention a few to
great height, also drives Chidinma to achieve all the once unattainable things
she now poses. This is why we are asking the question, CAN YOU CHALLENGE
CHIDINMA?
This eleventh edition is a must
read. Out soon.
Photograh by August Udoh. Make up
by Eva Alordiah for Makeup by Orsela. Stylist- Jane Michael.
click the link to see the making of
the cover