I’ve also added over 50 high quality images of Zendaya from the event, which you can view by clicking here.

On DWTS: “Some people get to go to prom and some people get to go onDancing with the Stars. I think I’m good. I didn’t want to come in there as the celebrity who tried to pass by doing some little two-step. I wanted to learn how to be a professional dancer. Being 16 years old helps, and maybe my knees are a little better, but it still takes a lot out of you. I didn’t go on the show to try and win. I went on the show to experience something new.”

On being a role model: “Spotlights are used to highlight something in someone that can bring a spotlight to other people. I wanted to be a good influence on my demographic. Their parents have told me they’re proud of me and that they want their kids to be like me.”

On her album: “Every decision was mine to make. I found my producers, chose the artwork, songs, and all the visuals that came with it. I only chose songs I would listen to a million times. If I wouldn’t listen to it a million times, who will? I needed to be in love with it.”

On fashion

As it turns out, the pretty California native has experience on both sides of the fashion lens.

In a design capacity, Zendaya recently partnered with Diamond Supply Co. to create a custom line of t-shirts available exclusively at Pac Sun. But the fashion-forward star’s career credits also include modeling for brands like Macy’s and Old Navy in her early teens.

Although her breakthrough role as Rocky Blue in the Disney series Shake It Up cut her modeling career short, Zendaya clearly still carries a torch for the fashion world. “I definitely want to walk the runway one day,” she revealed. “I think it would be fun to do something really funky and different, like Jeremy Scott, and then do something totally opposite, like Marc Jacobs or Alexander Wang. I love taking risks with fashion.”

For now, though, her dream of catwalking will have to wait, because Zendaya is on the precipice of blowing up in both the acting industry and the music industry.

On TV and film

After Shake It Up ended its several-season run last fall, Zendaya didn’t have to wait long before landing another Disney role — two, actually. In addition to being tapped to star in the movie Zapped, rumored to be released later this year, the actress just filmed the pilot for a new Disney series.

“I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say about it,” she laughed. “The name of the show and the character recently changed… I can tell you that much!” And while she’s staying relatively mum on the details, Zendaya openly hopes that the show will get picked up.

On music

The rising star readily admits, however, that recording is where her heart resides at the moment. “There is so much more I want to do, but music is the priority right now,” she explained. Happily, it appears her single-minded determination is paying off.

Her self-titled first album, released in September of last year by Hollywood Records, debuted on the Billboard 200 chart and garnered positive reviews from critics who praised her for her unique “rhythmic pop” sound. It’s since gone platinum, and the debut single, “Replay,” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Songs chart.

When asked when her next single might drop, she shared a little insider info. “We have chosen the second single, and we have a video treatment, too,” she revealed. “It’s going to be so dope — I can’t wait to shoot it!” While the second single doesn’t yet have a release date, Zendaya hints that it may be soon.

On fame

Which begged the question: How does the talented teen stay grounded in the face of so much success?

Well, as the lyrics go, she gets by with a little help from her friends. Fellow Disney darling and Zendaya’s role model, Raven-Symoné, gives her “great advice.” She talks to Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy, whom she befriended during her time on Dancing with the Stars, “all the time,” asserting, “I am so lucky to have two awesome big brothers thanks to my time on Dancing with the Stars.”

Plus, she doesn’t buy into the hype. “To stay grounded, I have my family,” she said. “I have big brothers and sisters who would kick my butt if I did anything bad, and I also always think about my nieces and nephews who are watching me very closely. I won’t do anything that I wouldn’t want them to do!”

When pressed about peers like Justin Bieber (who she says she wouldn’t mind collaborating with!) and Miley Cyrus who can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, Zendaya responds with class and wisdom well beyond her seventeen years. “I would never say anything negative about what they do or the choices they make because, in the end, those are their choices and their lives and I respect them,” she stated. “I’ve chosen my own different path, and I will continue to do what I do.”

Her biggest advice to other teens to avoid pitfalls like peer pressure or bullying is to focus on the positive, saying, “I am proud and confident in who I am, so that really overcomes any negativity the world throws my way.”

On the future

For Zendaya, who’ll turn 18 this September, there’s plenty to be positive about. “One of the projects I’m really excited about right now is my partnership with Carmex… I’m the spokesperson for their new Moisture Plus line of lip care, which is such a perfect fit for me because I’ve always used and loved Carmex,” said the fashion buff, who’s a major fan of the line’s four limited edition designs.

But, above all, the sweet star — whose name means “to give thanks” — is grateful just to be where she is. “There are a lot of things that are hard, but I have to focus on the positive, and I am blessed with good health and a supportive family and great friends.”


If you missed Zendaya’s live chat Saturday night, you can watch it below:

OK!: What was your favorite fashion show?

Zendaya: I really enjoyed seeing people’s visions and seeing how different everybody is. You go from a Rebecca Minkoff, then you see a Betsey Johnson, you can clearly see their styles and what they’ve created. Jeremy Scott was definitely one of my favorites. I love that tomboy kind of weird style, so I definitely love the things he came up with. I loved meeting Betsey Johnson. She was so sweet and so kind.

OK!: What’s the best way to keep your outfit cute when the weather is terrible?

Z: That’s the hard thing! Sometimes, I’m one of those people that will suffer for fashion. If it’s cute, I will wear it in the snow. But of course, we found quite a few really fun and fashion-forward ways to wear awesome coats that are statement coats. And make the coat the statement piece of the outfit, so you’re fashionable but you’re also not freezing.

OK!: This winter has been terrible. Is there a trend you’re looking forward to wearing once it’s finally spring?

Z: Honestly, like I said before, I’m one of those people—I don’t dress necessarily for the weather. I dress just because I like it or it’s comfortable. Which sometimes isn’t the best decision! I’m one of those people who will wear leather sweatpants to the beach. I’m not the good one to talk to when it comes to weather and clothing, because I will suggest you go with the cutest item in your closet.

OK!: So tell us about your partnership with Carmex.

Z: I definitely wanted to partner with Carmex because skincare and lip-care is really important to me. I use Carmex already, so it was just perfect the way it came about. I love the new packaging, I love the new look. It’s a change up from the old yellow and red. It’s fun, it’s chic, it’s something you can match with your outfit.

OK!: Do you have any other tips for protecting your skin during the winter?

Z: My favorite time to moisturize is right before bed, because you can sleep in it. Whether it be a thick moisture cream for your body or on your face, or load on the Carmex before you go to sleep, and it absorbs while you’re sleeping. I definitely notice a difference when I wake up, how much more moisturized my skin is. That always helps.

OK!: You’re constantly changing up your makeup and hair. What’s your favorite look these days, and whats the easiest way to change up your look?
Z: I love creating new almost characters or different personas with outfits or hair. Yesterday I wore a wig to Jeremy Scott and Betsey Johnson, because I wanted to wear a bob. I wanted to do something fun. It was a totally different look for me. I didn’t have to cut my hair, or put heat on my hair, which is even better. My favorite hairstyles are like what I’m doing today, a little braid or a little bun, because it doesn’t require any heat. I do a lot of buns, because I like to protect and take care of my hair. Anything I can do to keep it away from damage, braid it up, get it out of the way, is usually my favorite style.

OK!: You just ended your tour a little bit ago, so what’s next for your music?

Z: Oh, there’s so much I have to do! I’m continuing to promote “Replay,” and taking it international as well. I was just recently in Jamaica, I sang it to people in Jamaica, and they sang it back to me. It was a huge crowd at this awards show I went to, singing my song for me. And that’s incredible, that people from all walks of life that you’ve never met are singing your song and connecting in that way. Music is a big priority right now.

OK!: We loved watching you on Dancing with the Stars. How do you fit dancing into your life now, since it was such a big part of Shake It up?

Z: Well, dancing continues to be a part of my life. I just did a Disney pilot that I co-produced, and we had an Argentine tango in the pilot. Val [Chmerkovskiy] was with me, so I got to get back into my ballroom dancing skills, which was exciting. I still dance all the time, I still do videos. I’m always dancing no matter what.

OK!: Can you tell me more about the pilot? What’s the story, and who’s your character?

Z: It’s untitled right now, but it’s basically about a teenage spy. She’s a smart girl, socially awkward. She doesn’t really sing or dance—her special talent is really just being smart and doing her homework. Her parents are accountants, but she finds out they’re spies, and they recruit her to help them on a mission. It’s basically about how she has to balance that with her regular life, and the troubles she encounters in those two worlds, which I think is really relatable. Maybe kids out there aren’t spies, but there are a lot of young people out there who are gymnasts, or on a sports team, and they never have time to juggle everything.

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