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Happy Birthday, Zendaya! Let's Celebrate with the Star's Most Empowering Moments

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Happy Birthday, Zendaya! Let's Celebrate with the Star's Most Empowering Moments

Originally posted 09/01/2015 12:25PM

Everyone bow down: Zendaya celebrates her 19th birthday on Tuesday.

Despite not even being out of her teens, the actress, singer, dancer and master of the eloquent-yet-devastating comeback has established herself as one of the most talented and inspiring rising stars in Hollywood.

Whether she's slaying it on the red carpet, dominating on Dancing with the Stars or standing up for herself and others against online bullying, it's hard not to look at Zendaya and want to be her best friend.

In honor of this role model for people of all ages entering the last year of her teens, let's celebrate by looking back at five of her most empowering, inspiring moments.

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Julianne Hough and Fiancé Brooks Laich Make Red Carpet Debut After Engagement

Julianne Hough and Fiancé Brooks Laich Make Red Carpet Debut After Engagement

Originally posted 09/01/2015 09:35AM

Julianne Hough isn't camera-shy anymore.

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Dancing with the Stars' Peta Murgatroyd Sidelined for Season 21 Due to Injury

Dancing with the Stars' Peta Murgatroyd Sidelined for Season 21 Due to Injury

Originally posted 08/31/2015 07:30PM

Peta Murgatroyd had been excitedly gearing up for season 21 of Dancing with the Stars – until a shocking e-mail changed everything.

"It was devastating news for me," Murgatroyd tells PEOPLE exclusively of being told by her orthopedic surgeon that she requires a surgery that will sideline her "for six to eight weeks."

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The 'Rumors Are True': 'Honey I'm Good' Singer Andy Grammer Joins Dancing with the Stars

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The 'Rumors Are True': 'Honey I'm Good' Singer Andy Grammer Joins Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/31/2015 12:10PM

It's official: "Honey, I'm Good" crooner Andy Grammer will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

The exciting news was announced through the popular celebrity dancing competition's official Twitter account Monday.

"What's up guys, Andy Grammer here," the 31-year-old said in a video shared with the tweet. "The rumors are true – I'm doing Dancing With the Stars. Check me out on Sept. 14."

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Derek Hough Hints About Sister Julianne's Wedding Plans: 'Something Outdoors, in Nature'

Derek Hough Hints About Sister Julianne's Wedding Plans: 'Something Outdoors, in Nature'

Originally posted 08/31/2015 08:50AM

Julianne Hough's fiancé Brooks Laich can rest easy – he officially has her big brother's stamp of approval.

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Find Out Which Husband and Wife Will Battle in the Ballroom on Dancing with the Stars | Julianne Hough

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Alexa and Carlos PenaVega to Compete on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/27/2015 05:15PM

'Til death – or ballroom dancing – do us part.

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega may have united in holy matrimony, but now the duo are facing off and making history as the first married couple ever to compete against each other on Dancing with the Stars.

"He literally rehearses right next door. So he'll walk over to me and he'll just give me a kiss," Alexa – who is celebrating her 27th birthday today – told Entertainment Tonight of her husband on Thursday. "It's just so encouraging. He is my teammate and my life partner, so I like that encouragement. I need it."

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The Adorable Way Bindi Irwin's Little Brother Is Helping Her Prep for Dancing With the Stars

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The Adorable Way Bindi Irwin's Little Brother Is Helping Her Prep for Dancing With the Stars

Originally posted 08/27/2015 05:10PM

Bindi Irwin's family isn't known for their dancing skills, but that isn't stopping her younger brother, Robert, from offering help as she prepares to compete on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars.

"My brother Robert – he's 11 now – he sat me down the other day and very seriously told me, 'Bindi, I'm going to give you some tips for when it comes to dancing. I have some great ideas for you,' " the daughter of the late Steve Irwin says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "I said, 'Okay. Thank you.' "

What came next was a lesson in moves like "the sprinkler."

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Bindi Irwin Says Dancing with the Stars Will Be 'More Terrifying Than Jumping on Top of a Crocodile'

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Bindi Irwin Says Dancing with the Stars Will Be 'More Terrifying Than Jumping on Top of a Crocodile'

Originally posted 08/27/2015 08:45AM

When it comes to things that scare Bindi Irwin, competing on Dancing with the Stars ranks higher than spending time with sharp-toothed wildlife.

"This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile," Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "Crocodiles, they are very special because they are modern-day dinosaurs. But I've kind of worked with them my whole life, whereas I've never danced before in my life."

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Vine Star Hayes Grier Joins Dancing with the Stars

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Vine Star Hayes Grier Joins Dancing with the Stars for Season 21

Originally posted 08/27/2015 08:40AM

Internet sensation Hayes Grier is getting ready to bust a move on Dancing with the Stars.

The Vine and YouTube personality will compete on this season of the ABC reality series, he announced via Twitter on Thursday.

The reveal came early after Hayes, 15, teased his nearly 3 million followers that he's "not good at keeping secrets."

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Bindi Irwin: How I'll Honor My Dad on Dancing with the Stars

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Bindi Irwin: How I'll Honor My Dad on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/26/2015 01:00PM

Bindi Irwin says she's "thrilled" to be competing on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, but she's even more excited for the opportunity to pay tribute to her father, the late Steve Irwin.

"My dad will always be with me in spirit," the 17-year-old says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible."

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