Zendaya wants to let her younger fans know that the world doesn’t need another version of herself in Verizon’s #WeNeedMore campaign. To promote her participation, the actress sat down with Seventeen Magazine to discuss why the campaign, and minority representation in technology, is so important to her.
“It’s something that I directly I connect to because it deals with children, education and technology,” Zendaya says about her reasonings for joining the campaign. “There are a gazillion different jobs out that the are creative, interesting, and different, and not every kid has to follow what they see in the media as cool jobs.”
Her mother’s teaching background was also another reason she joined the campaign. “She implemented and brought tech into her school on her own, and it really helped her students,” Zendaya says. “It helped them to learn how to use movie-editing software and put together projects in ways beyond writing an essay.”
It’s not just younger kids the singer wants to explore the world of tech. She especially wants young girls to join the movement. “It’s time for everyone to have equal opportunities, and that means no matter what your economic class, no matter what race you are, what gender you are, you should have the same chance at success as anybody else,” she explains.
If you haven’t seen Zendaya in the latest Verizon #WeNeedMore ad, watch it below.
(Photo credit: Zendaya Instagram account)