February 6, 2018

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Zendaya Is Open to Returning to Disney to Create Roles for Women of Color

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Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Zendaya was one of the few faces of color on the Disney Channel in the late '00s when she starred in Shake It Up. Now, the superstar wants to give other young actresses a chance to shine in the pathway she helped to create.

"I definitely want to maybe produce another show with Disney Channel, maybe develop something or create more stories that I think are powerful roles — especially for women and women of color,” the 21-year-old told Entertainment Weekly. “So, I think it’s important that young people see themselves on the screen and are able to relate to that.” The actress is one of the producer's of Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover series (she is also one its lead star), which ended on Feb. 2 after a three-season run. Zendaya explains the series was a moment for her to push for female empowerment.

“The No. 1 thing for this show all along was empowerment — especially female empowerment,” she continues. “I wanted to make sure that there was a strong female character, and I think it’s cool that young women and young men can both look up and say, ‘Wow, I want to be like this girl.’ If you love something and you’re excited, there should be nothing holding you back from doing that.” With movements like #MeToo and Time's Up, 2018 is becoming the year of diversity, as well as a push for change where women will reclaim their rights for equality while shutting down sexism.

Below, go back in time with this throwback Fuse interview where a 16-Year-Old Zendaya gives "big sister advice" to fellow teens: 

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