It's almost hard to believe Zendaya has never starred on the front page of Essence before, but at last, her day has finally come!
The glossy unveiled the 19-year-old's fierce cover for their August issue on Monday, and she looks absolutely stunning in front of the beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil backdrop!
Though it's inside the magazine where Z shares her words of wisdom, including why she spoke up after Giuliana Rancic famously made an offensive and controversial comment about her dreadlocks.
"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…"
Continuing on the same vein, the Disney starlet also expressed just why it's so important for her use her voice. Sharing what it's like to be a role model, she dished:
"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…"
As we've seen from her feed, the young star isn't taking her responsibility lightly.
Ch-ch-check out the rest of her spread in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Essence Magazine.]