The actress strives to be a role model and says it's important for people to know that "confidence is possible"

By Christina Dugan
May 09, 2016 09:00 PM

Zendaya is using her celebrity in a positive way.

The 19-year-old actress has been known to vocalize her opinions whether it be against online bullying, encouraging women empowerment or maintaining a strong, healthy attitude towards life.

“I feel like it’s really important for young people dealing with bullying to see a symbol of confidence,” she told PEOPLE exclusively at the TOMS shoe-giving trip in Los Angeles in April. “Whether that be from me on social media or from someone in their family, I feel like that is really important to have someone that they can look to and know that confidence is possible. That’s why I do it.”

The actress has partnered with TOMS Shoes in conjunction with its annual One Day Without Shoes global awareness initiative on Tuesday, which highlights the plight of disadvantaged individuals in the U.S. and internationally.

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“I like to use my platform for bigger things than just myself and things that I believe in and I feel very strongly about,” she said. “This is one of those things. Just using my platform and the things that I love to help other people and bring more awareness to things that I feel like need it.”

The initiative encourages people all over the world to use the social media platform and the hashtag #withoutshoes to help give 100,000 new pair of shoes to children in 10 different countries.

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