Beauty, politics, is there anything that Zendaya cannot talk about? The young star shares her thoughts on fashion and style with Refinery29.com.


Beauty is rebellion
“If I let people’s comments about me wearing a mullet at the Grammys, or me wearing whatever, bother me, I would never wear anything but a plain black dress all the time. My life would be completely defined by what people decide is good for me. Once you get to the point where you say, ‘If I like it, I’m going to wear it’…everything is so much better, you have so much more fun.”

Beginnings with makeup
“I don’t even know… I do remember I used to break into my mom’s makeup. My mom has never really worn makeup — she was never into that stuff when I was younger — so she had this box of makeup that she never used. It was probably super-old and expired, and I would totally have fun with it.”

Zendaya as ambassador for Chi
“My favorite tool is the blowdryer because it’s a smart blowdryer; it has a touch screen. It doesn’t have that weird smell; you know how blowdryers have that weird smoky smell? And your hair doesn’t get stuck in the back…This is going to sound weird, but when you turn up the ions and you feel the air on your hand, it almost feels like conditioner air. I sound nuts, [but] it feels like the air has conditioner in it. It feels like humid air — but it’s not wet.”

Beauty must-haves
“I like the argan oil collection because my hair needs a little bit more moisture, so that gives me what I need; the mask and the oil are great.”

Style and beauty tips from Zendaya
“I am one of those people that kind of rabbit-holes [with] videos. If I am on Instagram and I find a page with beauty videos, I’ll watch one, and then I keep going, and then all of a sudden you’re like 8,000 videos in — it’s a problem. I also watched a lot of YouTube videos when I was little.”



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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