Maddie Ziegler Lands the Cover of Seventeen

First comes DS, then comes...Seventeen?

That's the case for one Miss Maddie Ziegler, the Sia muse, former "Dance Moms" star, "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" judge, and 2015 Dance Spirit cover girl: Maddie's the latest Seventeen magazine cover star!

We know her! (Photo via Seventeen)

In the issue, on newsstands July 5, 13-year-old Maddie talks about her decision to leave "Dance Moms," working with Sia and more—all while looking super chic in looks from The Edit by Seventeen, a capsule collection launching July 11.

"Leaving 'Dance Moms' was a hard decision to make, but it was getting too stressful," Maddie tells the magazine. "Now, I feel like I'm so free." And as for former teacher Abby Lee Miller? "She's exactly how she is on the show," Maddie says. "But the thing that I like about her most is she can actually be funny sometimes. And she also wanted me to be good." But, that had its drawbacks, Maddie adds: "I feel like I had so much more pressure on me to be the best in the room."

(Photo via Seventeen)

Beyond the pressure inside the studio, Maddie also says she felt tons of it coming from her online followers—and haters. "I would be like, 'Why are they mad at me?'" she tells Seventeen. "I've come to realize now that people just do it because they want attention. One person would be hating on me, and then another girl would get into a fight with her on my page! I'm just like, What the heck? Why do people do this?"

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