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Zendaya graces the July cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, and inside she discusses everything from politics to letting her racist publicist go.

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“My generation, we really have to step up to the plate and vote. Tweeting is great — people say, ‘Oh, I don’t want this or that’ — but at the end of the day, tweeting isn’t a ballot. Just saying that you don’t like someone on Twitter is not going to turn a state blue or red. You have to vote.”

She went on to discuss her former publicist, who she fired over differing ideas about some things and making a damaging comment to her about race.

“I didn’t like my hair and makeup one time on a photo shoot, and my publicist told me, ‘You should just be happy with it — they haven’t had a black girl on the cover since forever.’”

The actress also discussed diversity on TV and how it affected the choices she made with Disney.

“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.”

It’s hard to imagine that Zendaya is only 19-years-old, but she seems to be taking the bad moments in stride and making great choices that she feels good about for herself as well as the young adults at large.

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