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Zendaya's showing us what happens when a woman demands what she wants

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Zendaya played hardball with Disney and got exactly what she wanted

Zendaya is ready to rule the world.

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During a new interview with Cosmo, the Disney star opened up about a number of topics from voting to how she built her career by demanding what she wants. That included her return to the Disney Channel as the star and co-producer of K.C. Undercover.

"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."

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Zendaya is no stranger to getting what she wants. She plans to change the way women of color are viewed in Hollywood, starting with the people she works with.

"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's no longer my publicist," she remembered.

That's not all Zendaya is passionate about. She also wants to encourage more young people to become engaged in their civic communities.

"There's really crazy stuff happening right now, and it's disappointing, sad and scary," she explained. "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."

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