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Zendaya Talks New Shoe Line and Taking Red-Carpet Risks

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Zendaya Coleman

The super-busy star says of her bold style: "I'm having fun with fashion and I get to experiment with different looks, and I think that, while you still can, why not?"

Zendaya Coleman’s career might just be taking off, but it’s clear that when it comes to fashion-related decisions, the 18-year-old calls the shots.

Between her Disney Channel show, K.C. Undercover (which she both stars in and co-produces), her burgeoning singing career and her new shoe line, as well as her recent rise to red-carpet-style stardom (not to mention her coveted spot in Taylor Swift’s "Bad Blood" music video girl gang), the teen star always makes sure her personal style shines through.

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"Pretty much everything involved in my life, I have a big say in," Coleman told Pret-a-Reporter of being able to choose the wardrobe for her many projects, while waiting to make an appearance for Madonna’s Material Girl juniors apparel line at the South Coast Plaza Macy’s in Costa Mesa, Calif. In addition to her many endeavors, the California native has been the face of Madonna's punk-inspired brand since 2014.

"I think Madonna has always been someone who kind of, you know, created her own trends and kind of went against the norm," Coleman said of how Madge’s iconic style influences her own fashion. “I think she paved the way in fashion for a lot of people.”

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Like Madonna, Coleman is fan of taking risks — especially on the red carpet — and, so far, they’ve paid off. “Sometimes [my stylist] will be afraid of a look, like ‘Hmm, I’m worried that this won’t work,' and I’m like, ‘You know, what are you afraid of, who cares?’ ” continued Coleman. “I’m 18, I’m having fun with fashion and I get to experiment with different looks, and I think that, while you still can, why not?”

In 2015 alone, the Disney star already has worn designers known for their colorful and flamboyant creations, including Vivienne Westwood (at the Oscars and Grammys) and Fausto Puglisi (at the Met Gala and at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards). But Coleman says that when it comes to the shoe collection she recently designed with stylist Law Roach, the design process was all about trusting her gut rather than trying to channel one specific look.

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"I definitely want to make stuff that I would wear," she said, noting that the collection's aesthetic is "a big part of my personal taste and my stylist’s as well because he’s a part of it — and kind of just what we like and the shoes that we can’t find."

But before her collection debuts in August, the actress has plenty of other things to keep her busy. With season two of K.C. Undercover to film, as well as more music in the works (and, you know, graduating from high school), Coleman won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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