POPSUGAR: You’re such a hairstyle chameleon. How is hair a part of your identity?
Zendaya Coleman: Hair has allowed me to experiment and have fun. It has allowed me to build up my confidence. That made me more dependent on what I like, what I want, and not listen to or care at all about other people's opinions of what I look like and how I feel about myself. So, simply through experimenting, having fun, and not being afraid to try things, I have become stronger in myself.
PS: Have you ever struggled with self-esteem issues?
ZC: Thankfully I’ve never had a body image problem. Even when people would say things about me when I was younger, like, "Oh, you're skinny, you look . . . whatever," it never affected me. I never had a problem with it. I don't know why. I think it is just because of the way I was raised. But, one problem I did have was caring what other people thought about me — meaning what I wore, how I wore my hair.