"I've learned a lot from her," says the 13-year-old dance prodigyhttp://siamusic.net/tour

By Sharon Kanter
September 26, 2016 10:39 AM

At 13, Maddie Ziegler is the picture of teen confidence — she’s a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, she’s going on tour with Sia soon, and, as of October 3, she’s launching her very own clothing line named Maddie. And what’s so brilliant about the dance prodigy is that she’s completely self-aware of who she is — more self-aware than many adults twice and three times her age even — and that’s something she credits to her mentor, Sia.

“I’ve learned a lot from her,” Ziegler says while discussing her new clothing line exclusively with PeopleStyle. (The teen dancer starred in Sia’s music videos like “Big Girls Cry,” “Elastic Heart” and “Chandelier” as well as performed alongside the musician during the 2015 Grammys). “She’s definitely helped me feel comfortable in my own skin. I always had a fear my teeth were too big, and I wanted to fix them. But she told me not to. She said, ‘It’s what makes you you.’ She always reminds me to stay true to myself.” 

And that means accepting what she thinks are her own imperfections. “I can’t be perfect at everything and I don’t want to look perfect because I learned to be comfortable and flaws are actually beautiful,” she says. “Even though she might be older than me, we are best friends. Sometimes she is like one of my closest friends, and I know I’m 13, so it’s really weird to say, but it’s true.” 

Soon, Maddie will be reunited with her mentor again when she joins the “Sia: Nostalgic for the Present Tour.” But her signature wigs will travel separately. “I actually don’t keep my Sia wigs,” says Ziegler. “Our makeup artist Tonya [Brewer] she always keeps them. She has a sun room in her house and she keeps all of our wigs in there. She just keeps them so that every time when we get ready she will just have them and we will put them on.” 

In the meantime, she’s busy launching her own clothing line for fellow teens. “I wanted the line to be something teens could feel confident and happy in,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll go to pick clothes and they’re either too young-looking or too old-looking. There’s never really an in between. We don’t always want to wear bright colors or hot pink daily.” 

The collection will range from $25 to $150, and range in sizes 7 to 16 for girls and 1, 3 and 5 for juniors. It drops on maddiestyle.com on October 3rd and and select Nordstrom stores on October 10th.

The collection will range from $25 to $150, and range in sizes 7 to 16 for girls and 1, 3 and 5 for juniors. It drops on maddiestyle.com on October 3rd and and select Nordstrom stores on October 10th.

The collection will range from $25 to $150, and range in sizes 7 to 16 for girls and 1, 3 and 5 for juniors. It drops on maddiestyle.com on October 3rd and and select Nordstrom stores on October 10th.

COURTESY MADDIE
COURTESY MADDIE

So how does she stay grounded in the midst of all this success? “I think it’s really important to know where you come from and I know I am just a girl from Pittsburgh who was a dancer and now I am living in L.A. and doing all of these amazing things,” she says. “It’s very important to stay true to yourself.” 

For more of our exclusive interview with Maddie Ziegler, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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