It may be 2015, but many public figures still don't understand what feminism means. Luckily, there are young women like Zendaya who use their elevated platforms to set the record straight.
In a cover story for the December issue of Flare magazine, the 19-year-old singer and actress -- and recent high school graduate -- explained how she defines feminism. Her answer was wonderfully straightforward:
A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.
Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. (Meryl Streep, take note.)
And Zendaya brings that ethos of female independence and professional capability to her work as a musical artist. The star told Flare that her career choices are completely her own.
“I’ve had a lot of voices tell me what I should be making," she said. "Personally, I would much rather live and die by my own hand. If my stuff sucks, then at least I made it suck. I didn’t allow some person, some old dude in a suit, to make it suck for me.”
Sorry, old dudes. Zendaya's going to make her own mistakes -- and her own successes.
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