Zendaya is always teaching us how to slay. Her reason for staying with Disney Channel after Shake It Up! was canceled in 2013 is proof of that. The now 19-year-old fashionista was just 17 and about the age that most Disney stars startedÂ handing in the mouse ears to establish a more mature career. Zendaya, however, made the decision to return as the lead inÂ ZappedÂ and original seriesÂ K.C. Undercover.
The actress,Â gracing the July 2016 cover of Cosmopolitan, revealed that believing in minority representation and taking charge of her own career is why she stayed with her roots a bit longer.
“The only way I was going to come back to the Disney Channel was if I was in a position of more power. One thing that is really important to me is diversity on the channel. It’s hard as a young person of a different ethnicity or background to look at the TV and not see anyone who looks like you. Representation is very important.”