These Celebs Got Real During Their Teen Choice Award Acceptance Speeches

Zendaya for president anyone?

Zendaya posing at the Teen Choice Awards in a stripped shirt and curly dark hair

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What’s more impressive than winning an award for being a hella talented actor? Using your acceptance speech as an opportunity to talk about super important issues, duh.

At the annual Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, stylish AF Zendaya accepted her award for Choice Movie Actress by addressing the political climate in the U.S. and telling young viewers that it’s up them to spark change and make the world a better place.

“With all the injustice and the hatred and everything that is happening not only in the world, but in our country, I need for you, young people, to be educated. I need you to listen. I need you to pay attention,” she said.

“I need you to understand that you have a voice, and it’s OK to use it when you see something bad happening. Make sure that you stay educated, and do not let people tell you what you think you should feel. You’re the leaders. You’re the future leaders of the world. You’re future presidents. You’re future senators. You guys are the ones who will make this world better. I’m just letting you know, right now, that you are the future. So take that very seriously.” CAN WE GET AN AMEN????

While the 20-year-old didn’t address any one event in particular, many speculated that her remarks were in response to the racism and violence happening in Charlottesville, VA, right now.

But the Spider-Man star wasn’t the only celeb to get political on stage. Girl band Fifth Harmony accepted their surfboard award for Choice Music Group and reminded the audience to spread “love and positivity” in their acceptance speech.

“In light of recent events, we just wanted to say to all of the young ones at home watching, no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, you are beautiful and you are important,” 21-year-old Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui said. “So keep spreading love and positivity, all right? God bless.”

While accepting the #SeeHer award for her work in helping challenge female stereotypes in the media, Vanessa Hudgens told the audience about her own journey to self-acceptance.

“I’m not going to lie, when I was 25, I felt like I had it all figured out. And then I woke up at 27 and I realized I had no idea who I was, what I stood for, and what I wanted,” the 28-year-old said. “And it was terrifying and extremely humbling. But I look back on that moment really grateful, because it pushed me to look deeper and figure out what type of woman I want to become.”

The former Disney Star continued:

“Martha Graham said this quote that I love. It says, ‘You are unique, and if that has not been fulfilled, then something has been lost.’ I think it is so important for us to lean into our individuality and to embrace our weirdness, to not be afraid of being different, because God made you, you, for a reason, so know that in your heart, you are enough, and the more that you lean into that, the brighter you will shine.”

So many celebs used their platform to spread messages of love and peace. Hopefully the U.S. president will take note from these fierce ladies and start to do the same.

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