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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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FROM EW: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for Descendants | Disney Channel

FROM EW: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for Descendants

Originally posted 06/01/2015 04:40PM

The year's most talked-about Disney Channel original offers a look at life beyond happily ever after

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Filed Under: Disney Channel, TV News
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PHOTO: Austin & Ally Star Ross Lynch Meets His Wax Figure!

PHOTO: Austin & Ally Star Ross Lynch Meets His Wax Figure!

Originally posted 05/26/2015 03:40PM

There are many perks in being a teen star.

Ross Lynch, the 19-year-old star of Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, has just gotten one of the coolest perks of stardom – a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

Lynch's figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Orlando on Thursday. It joins likenesses of other TV stars, including Jim Parsons, whose uncanny doppelgänger was unveiled in March.

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Hindsight's Drew Sidora Shares Her Journey from Heartbreak to Wedded – and Pregnancy – Bliss!

Hindsight's Drew Sidora Shares Her Journey from Heartbreak to Wedded – and Pregnancy – Bliss!

Originally posted 05/08/2015 03:40PM

Though Drew Sidora has made a career of playing larger-than-life characters on That's So Raven, The Game and Hindsight –, her life off-camera is just as worthy of a Hollywood script.

From a broken engagement with a man keeping dark secrets to finding hope in her son, meeting her "knight in shining armor" and weaving together a new family, Sidora exclusively shares her journey with PEOPLE.

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Why I Care: Disney Channel Star G Hannelius on Making a Difference with Art

Why I Care: Disney Channel Star G Hannelius on Making a Difference with Art

Originally posted 04/09/2015 10:20PM

G Hannelius is not your typical 16-year old. For starters, she's the star of the hit Disney Channel show Dog with a Blog. But it's what she does when the camera stops rolling that really sets the young actress apart.

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Meet Disney's First Latina Princess!

Meet Disney's First Latina Princess!

Originally posted 01/29/2015 01:00PM

There's a new Disney princess in town – and for the first time, she's Latina.

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Filed Under: Disney Channel, TV News
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Disney Star Benjamin King Opens Up About Living with Crohn's Disease

Liv and Maddie's Benjamin King on Living with Crohn's Disease: 'It's Such a Personal Battle'

Originally posted 10/16/2014 03:50PM

Five years after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Liv and Maddie actor Benjamin King is determined to help others by going public with his health struggle.

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Disney Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

Disney's Lab Rats Star Billy Unger Arrested for DUI

Originally posted 06/30/2014 03:15PM

Disney star Billy Unger has been arrested after driving under the influence in Malibu, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.

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Disney Star Allie DeBerry Accepts Michigan Teen's 'Promposal'

Disney Star Allie DeBerry Accepts Michigan Teen's Video 'Promposal'

Originally posted 04/02/2014 05:00PM

Justin Hang will likely have the most famous date at Fenton High School's May 3 prom.

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5-Year-Old Good Luck Charlie Star Targeted by Death Threats

UpdatePosted 02/06/2014 04:15PM

Good Luck Charlie Child Star Mia Talerico, 5, Targeted by Death Threats: Police

Originally posted 02/06/2014 12:00PM

Los Angeles police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old Good Luck Charlie star Mia Talerico, authorities confirm to PEOPLE.

Talerico, who plays Charlie on the Disney Channel show, initially received frightening messages on her Instagram page in January, according to TMZ, which first reported the story.

Law-enforcement officials did not elaborate on the contents of the death threats.

"Our threat analysis unit always keeps our threat investigations findings and recommendations confidential because often the people who make threats read the media coverage they receive," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith confirmed to PEOPLE.

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