Actress, singer and face of Cover Girl Cosmetics, Zendaya Coleman, will both star in and produce upcoming Disney family comedy series, “K.C. Undercover,” which she says will hopefully help increase diversity for the network.
“The only way I was going to come back to the Disney Channel was if I was in a position of more power,” Coleman told The New York Daily News. “One thing that is really important to me is diversity on the channel. It’s hard as a young person of a different ethnicity or background to look at the TV and not see anyone who looks like you. Representation is important.”
Coleman made her statements while discussing her experiences working with racially insensitive people in the entertainment industry.
The 19-year-old said she had fired her publicist after being told she should be content just to be featured on a magazine cover because, “they haven’t had a black girl on the cover since forever.”
In 2015 Coleman called out former E! News “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic after Rancic made disparaging comments about the teen’s hair. Rancic ultimately apologized for her remarks.