Zendaya is certainly wise beyond her years and she knows that perfection is fairly unattainable in life, but that doesn't stop her from striving for it.
In the new issue of New You magazine, the precocious 19-year-old talks about her internal battle to be great, how being "ugly" isn't a thing and how she hates bullies.
"Everyone is scared of something. For me, I'm a Virgo so I'm a perfectionist and I am afraid of not being perfect; of things failing or not doing as well as I think I should," she said. "That's a constant battle that I have with myself because I hold myself to really high standards and I want to be so good."
The struggle gets so bad that she has to remind herself that she still has a lifetime to live. She said, "Sometimes I'm like dude, you're only 19! Relax, stop overdoing it, and just breathe for a second. You're doing really good, you're on a roll here, stop stressing yourself out!"
Something that doesn't really stress her, though, is her appearance. In fact, she'd rather be authentic than overly photoshopped to correct flaws. (She even once called out a magazine for going a little too crazy with the retouching of photos of herself.)
"There is no such thing as ugly. That's a word that doesn't really enter my vocabulary. If there's any definition to being perfect, you're perfect at being yourself," she said. "No other person can be you 100 percent; no one has your fingerprint; no one has your DNA. You are you 120 percent, through and through."
Just because she's famous doesn't mean she doesn't deal with the same issues as the rest of us.
"Whether it is through my social media or whatever, I want anyone who looks up to me to know that I go through the same problems," she said. "I have to be confident in who I am. When I learn things about myself, I like to share that journey with people because I know there are a lot of people going through the same thing."
Zendaya has been vocal in the past about anti-bullying. In fact, her short-lived battle with Giuliana Rancic aside, the young actress said she was bullied when she was younger.
"I was made fun of [in school] but it didn't bother me very much because I was very comfortable in who I was. I was taught as a young child by my parents and family to love myself. And it's the same today -- there are certain things that don't bother me."
She continued, "I just focus on being a good person. I was always very aware of the world and I was never sheltered from the negative things that were out there. I feel that if you shelter your kids from everything, one day they are going to be out in the world on their own and they are going to have to figure it out.
"You can't give them a test if you never taught them anything that's on the test. They're going to fail. You have to prepare people and sometimes that's just being honest with them and letting them know things sooner," she said.
When it comes to being an upstanding citizen, Zendaya is also preaching what she says she's practicing.
"I want to promote to young people that it's okay to be a good citizen," she said. "It's okay to learn. It's cool to be knowledgeable, to know what's going on in your country and your world. To form opinions and to talk about it, have discussions and be respectful. I'm trying to make that the new cool."
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