Zendaya on the Red Carpet Experience: 'It Has Allowed Me a Lot of Freedom and Confidence'

02/26/2016 at 01:36 PM ET

Zendaya Coleman has arguably become one of the most interesting young stars to watch on the red carpet. Certainly, at 19, she’s become one of the most controversial. But whether or not you like what she’s wearing—like a mullet at the Grammys or thigh-high buckle heels at the Republic Records Grammy after-party—is not the point, as she told PEOPLE at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Zendaya Essence LuncheonVince Bucci/Invision/AP

“I feel like every kind of fashion choice that my stylist Law [Roach] and I have made have kind of developed us creatively,” she said. “We’ve been able to grow more. We’ve learned more about ourselves. It’s allowed me a lot of freedom and confidence.”

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For the luncheon, she selected a silk robe and jumpsuit by Thakoon, both of which are currently sold out online. “I thought it was very chic and kind of laid-back,” she said of the look, “but also still fancy enough and it is really comfortable.” (She accessorized with jewelry including an AS29 ring and John Hardy bracelet.)

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Zendaya Essence LuncheonEarl Gibson III/Getty; Tommaso Boddi/WireImage; Lester Cohen/WireImage; David Livingston/Getty

But while Coleman often looks effortless—as seen above in her most recent looks—her red carpet glam plans actually take hours. “I’m slow, I like to take my time,” she said, noting that her hair and makeup process take the longest. However, she doesn’t mind, using the time to “get caught up on all my shows,” she said. What’s she currently watching? “Scandal and American Crime,” she said. “Though it really depends.”

Do you love her red carpet looks?

—Reporting by Mariah Haas

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Fashion , Red Carpet , Zendaya
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OhSnap on

She’s only famous because her hair smells like weed.

Donnatex on

Kim Kardashian is famous for a s*x tape, this chick is famous because her hair looked like someone who would smoke patchouli.

kendra joy bethune on

i heard the news not too many people beleive in birth control or have sex when some women don’t want to have sex like me kendra joy bethune who does’nt need a baby i think that’s sad a reporter thinks that way about a woman not pregant and women not pregant on birth control nobody thought like that except devoe of bell biv devoe during the hootie mack album not on sale any more that would be the wrong thing to do after i told ralph tresvant in a letter my sister could hardly raise her kids without my help and churches help last night now he knows better Ronnie Devoe thanks but i’ll keep writting new edition to keep them company on tour are women now trying to go to there higher ground sexually make them are you ready for this

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