“You have a voice, and it is okay to use it.”
If you’re a dedicated Zendaya fan, we likely don’t even have to tell you how often the star inspires postive change through her words and actions. But the latest way the actress made a huge impact was by reaching out to her teenage fans while accepting her “Spider-Man: Homecoming”-earned surfboard awards at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards last night.
Zendaya used her TCAs acceptance speech as a platform to speak directly with the teens who voted for her, reminding us all how important it is to raise our voices to call attention to the issues we care about.
“Spider-Man is about a young person, and right now I want to talk to all the young people in the audience and out there,” Zendaya shared in her speech. “With all the injustice and hatred and everything that is happening, not only in the world but in our country right now. I need you young people to be educated, I need you to listen, pay attention. And I need you to go ahead and understand that you have a voice and it is okay to use it when you see something bad happening.”
“Make sure that you stay educated, and you do not let people tell you what [they] think you should feel,” she added. “Because you are the leaders. You are the future leaders of the world. The future presidents, the future senators. You guys are the ones who are going to make this world better. I’m just letting you know right now that you are the future, so take that very, very seriously.”
To watch Zendaya’s inspiring speech in its entirety, check out the Twitter video below.
Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski
Photo: ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX.