Zendaya Gets Tough for Teen Vogue

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zendaya-teenvogue-010615Zendaya isn’t afraid of a little dirt.

The 18-year-old covers the February cover of Teen Vogue and she’s showing off a cool, tough, military style. She was brilliantly photographed by Boo George in the Mojave Desert. So cool! In the issue, Zendaya opens up about her bff, her new show “KC Undercover” and what it was really like on the set of “Shake It Up.”

On “KC Undercover” & staying with Disney: “It was going to be called Super Awesome Katy, but I changed it. I don’t look like a Katy, and I wanted something a little more mature. It wasn’t really right for the demographic that I’m trying to reach now…Well, the majority of my fan base are young girls, and I don’t want to leave that world forever. But I also want to reach the preteens, the teenagers. A lot of college students watch the Disney Channel in their dorms, actually.”

On not always getting along with her “Shake It Up” pals: “On Shake It Up, ​we were a bunch of young kids growing up together and it was not easy. We loved each other, but we had regular problems that you’d have in school.”

On her bff Trevor Jackson: “My best guy friend is Trevor Jackson. We met when we were 12 years old working on a Sears commercial. Everyone likes to make a bigger deal of what it is, but he’s my best friend and we’re always together. He knows what I’m going through. He’s not my boyfriend, but who knows what could happen in the future.”

On breaking out of her shell: “I didn’t break out of my shell for a while. I’m still not all the way out of my shell, I don’t think. I feel like I’ll always be a little shy.”

On her music: “”I’m so excited to be in a place where I can do my best work and where what I create will be promoted properly,” Zendaya, who is now signed to Republic Records, says of her new music. “My first record was a baby step in the right direction, but now it’s time to go full force. I want to make R&B with a touch of pop, rather than pop with a touch of R&B. It’ll be a little more urban, something my fellow 18-year-olds are going to want to bump to in their cars rather than feel like they have to turn it down as soon as someone else gets in. I want them to be able to be like, ‘Yo, I’m listening to Zendaya!'”

What do you think of Zendaya’s cool cover look?