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Zendaya is one savvy business woman.

The 19-year-old actress graces the cover of Cosmopolitan’s July issue for the first time in a sexy red blazer and red pumps, the perfect ensemble for a woman in power … and that’s exactly what she is.

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The Oakland native revealed to the publication that she only returned to the Disney Channel because she was granted more power. “The only way I was going to come back to the Disney Channel was if I was in a position of more power,” she said. “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.”

Zendaya currently stars on the networks popular show, K.C Undercover and also serves as producer.

The actress, who is also known as a triple threat in the entertainment industry, has no problem speaking her mind. It’s no secret that the 19-year-old has sounded off on social media on controversial topics, but the same holds true when it comes to sounding off against her team.

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During the interview with the mag, the actress opened up about a time her publicist was a little too racially insensitive for her liking. “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’,” she shares.

“She’s no longer my publicist.”

As for the singer’s love life, the star, who was once rumored to be dating Odell Beckham Jr. admitted: “I would much rather be in love and have the full experience with the person I’m doing that with. Everyone deserves to be in love—it’s different from when you’re with someone you don’t really know. But as long as you protect yourself and get tested periodically, then by all means, go ahead and do what you’ve got to do!”

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