The 19-year-old actress and entertainer spoke with the mag about sticking up for herself, being a role model, and more. Here’s what she shared….
On being a role model: “You’ve got to realize those Twitter followers, those kids who watch you, that’s technically power. So, to me, I have a responsibility or a duty to the people who watch me to promote positive things, or to show them positive things, or to enlighten them…”
On standing up for herself after Giuliana Rancic‘s hair comment: “When I talk to people about that, this is not new. It’s not something I just started doing. I just did it in public and more people saw it than usual. I don’t remember when I didn’t do it, to be completely honest. I think that’s just the way I was raised, or the way my parents just taught me to be…”
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