"I was taught as a young child by my parents and family to love myself," the actress-singer says in her New You cover story

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Zendaya dealt with bullying long before Giuliana Rancic‘s infamous Fashion Police comments about her dreadlocks at the Oscars (the E! personality said the young star’s hairstyle made her look like she smelled of “weed” and “patchouli”).

“I was made fun of [in school], but it didn’t bother me very much because I was very comfortable in who I was. I was taught as a young child by my parents and family to love myself,” Zendaya, 19, says in the spring cover story of New You magazine. “And it’s the same today – there are certain things that don’t bother me.”

One thing that bothers her: excessive Photoshopping, which she’s experienced herself.

“There is no such thing as ugly. That’s a word that doesn’t really enter my vocabulary. If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself,” Zendaya told the glossy.

And she’s hoping to inspire others by opening up about her own insecurities.

“Whether it is through my social media or whatever, I want anyone who looks up to me to know that I go through the same problems,” she said. “I have to be confident in who I am. When I learn things about myself, I like to share that journey with people because I know there are a lot of people going through the same thing.”