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Zendaya: Child stars are ‘forced into being role models’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 4:42 PM

Zendaya graces the January issue of Complex magazine.Complex

Zendaya graces the January issue of Complex magazine.

Don’t expect to see Zendaya twerking a la Miley Cyrus anytime soon.

The actress and singer may not have a lot in common with her fellow Disney alum, but empathizes with the “Wrecking Ball” crooner — known more for her booty shaking and tongue wagging than her squeaky clean days on “Hannah Montana.”

“A lot of [child stars] were forced into being role models and they had to pretend to be something that they didn’t feel matched up with who they were,” Zendaya said of Cyrus in the January issue of Complex Magazine.

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“You’ve got to realize when you’re really young you don’t know who you are yet. And as soon as you figure it out, you’ve already been forced to become something that you didn’t really know you signed up for.”

Zendaya feels child stars such as Miley Cyrus are forced to be role models.Joe Scarnici/(Credit too long, see caption)

Zendaya feels child stars such as Miley Cyrus are forced to be role models.

Although the 19-year-old songbird understands the pressures of being a child star in Hollywood, she doesn’t plan on changing her tune.

“In order to avoid those problems just be yourself from the beginning and be honest with the world, because that’s the only thing you can do,” she told the magazine of her persona. “There will be no surprises …”I’m not suddenly going to be like woo, crazy.”

The “Replay” crooner rarely shies away from defending her public image.

Last month, she slammed Modeliste magazine for retouching her cover shoot photos, which prompted the magazine to pull its November issue and issue an apology for slenderizing her without permission.

She also received applause for her tactful response to “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic after she made a remark during the 2015 post-Oscar broadcast that Zendaya’s hair “smells like patchouli oil and weed.”

Rancic later issued an apology, which Zendaya gracefully accepted.

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