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Zendaya on the Red Carpet Experience: 'It Has Allowed Me a Lot of Freedom and Confidence'

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Zendaya Coleman has arguably become one of the most interesting young stars to watch on the red carpet. Certainly, at 19, she’s become one of the most controversial. But whether or not you like what she’s wearing—like a mullet at the Grammys or thigh-high buckle heels at the Republic Records Grammy after-party—is not the point, as she told PEOPLE at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Zendaya Essence Luncheon
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“I feel like every kind of fashion choice that my stylist Law [Roach] and I have made have kind of developed us creatively,” she said. “We’ve been able to grow more. We’ve learned more about ourselves. It’s allowed me a lot of freedom and confidence.”

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For the luncheon, she selected a silk robe and jumpsuit by Thakoon, both of which are currently sold out online. “I thought it was very chic and kind of laid-back,” she said of the look, “but also still fancy enough and it is really comfortable.” (She accessorized with jewelry including an AS29 ring and John Hardy bracelet.)

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Zendaya Essence Luncheon
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But while Coleman often looks effortless—as seen above in her most recent looks—her red carpet glam plans actually take hours. “I’m slow, I like to take my time,” she said, noting that her hair and makeup process take the longest. However, she doesn’t mind, using the time to “get caught up on all my shows,” she said. What’s she currently watching? “Scandal and American Crime,” she said. “Though it really depends.”

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—Reporting by Mariah Haas