Using her influence wisely

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By 2017-09-10

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will recognize the 21-year-old at a gala ceremony next month. The organization known as GLSEN is calling Zendaya a game-changer.

GLSEN says it will recognize the 21-year-old entertainer with its Gamechanger Award at a gala ceremony next month. The executive director of GLSEN says the award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya was chosen for her commitment to social justice.

The star of Spider-Man: Homecoming and TV's K.C. Undercover used her acceptance speech at last month's Teen Choice Awards to call on young people to become engaged with current events and to speak up for what they think is right.

Zendaya will receive the Gamechanger recognition on 20 October at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

Zendaya has achieved more than we'll probably get round to by the time we're 50, and she's only just 21. The singer, actor, designer and activist has been in the spotlight since 2010, though firmly brushes off those 'child actor' stereotypes.

Clearly aware of her influence over teens and young girls, she takes her position as role model seriously, using her social media platforms to call out fat-shamers and sexist behaviour.

So, perhaps it isn't too surprising to see that Zendaya wasn't downing shots on her recent 21st birthday. In fact, on 1 September, Zendaya released a statement on her website explaining why she's not looking to taking up drinking any time soon.

She said: "Today I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I'm now the legal drinking age, doesn't mean I'm going to start throwing 'em back. I don't plan to start drinking. My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail.

This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don't want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don't want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don't need it?!

The star also she proved she wasn't only wise, but generous too. For her Birthday she asked her fans to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a project between herself and Convoy of Hope.

Zendaya is obviously aware of what a positive impact she can have over women, regularly posting love advice and more on her website.

(Source: Billboard.com, elleuk.com)

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