Zendaya Opens Up About The Legacy She Wants to Leave

Zendaya Opens Up About The Legacy She Wants to Leave

Zendaya stikes a pose on the cover of InStyle‘s January 2018 issue, on shelves December 8th.

The 21-year-old actress opened up about her role in The Greatest Showman, her legacy and the responsibility that comes with fame. Check it:

On why she was drawn to her role in The Greatest Showman: “A big part of my character’s storyline, the reason that she is an oddity, is that she and her brother are black…I’m biracial, so there are many [shared] experiences there.”

On her rise to the top, and the legacy she wants to leave: “I just try to live, and, you know, s**t happens. I’ve said it a million times, but I’d rather be known for the active change I’ve made than for what my name stands for.”

On the responsibility that comes with fame: “I realize that [being a role model] is actually a huge part of the job. You sign up for that. You’re being watched. You can choose to accept that and appreciate it, or you can choose not to…I choose to acknowledge it.”

FYI: Zendaya is wearing a Chloé outfit and Jennifer Fisher and Bulgari jewelry.

For more from Zendaya, visit Instyle.com.

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Photos: InStyle/Anthony Maule
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