Zendaya is a truly inspiring role model, but she wasn't always the poised young woman she is now.
The 19-year-old admits that she struggled with confidence issues when she was younger, especially as it pertained to her hair.
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In a new interview with PeopleStyle, the actress explains how she learned to love herself as she is:
"Growing up, I wasn't very confident in my curls. It wasn't like the hair that girls around me had. And nobody really knew what to do with my hair. My mom is white and my dad is black — they have two very different hair types. So we learned how to manage my hair together, and I also watched YouTube videos to find easy styles to do."
She also went through the phase of trying to change her natural looks:
"Obviously you want what you can't have, so I wanted different hair than what I had. And it wasn't until I got older that I learned you don't know what you've got until it's gone. There is nobody out there that is completely, 100 percent satisfied with every portion of themselves. And as you grow up, or as you grow older, you have to learn about yourself and you have to become more familiar with yourself."
Now she's the kind of fearless person people twice her age wish they could be:
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