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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'In The Closet' With High School Musical Graduate Monique Coleman

Sep. 22 2010, Published 9:13 a.m. ET

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Monique Coleman has graduated from High School Musical, moving onto a new youth-empowered movement.

The gorgeous onscreen pal of Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Effron launched a new online teen talk show Gimme Mo', which debuted last week to rave reviews.

The actress and activist found time out of her busy life, to extend an exclusive invitation to's Neferteri Shepherd to go In The Closet of her West Hollywood home, where she dished on all her style secrets and the people who inspire her the most.

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No stranger to the red carpet, Monique shows off her wide array of formal frocks, which range from uber short and sexy (the leather-paneled mini she wore to the Los Angeles premiere of This Is It had us panting for air!) to floor-sweeping and glam gowns.

"I wanted to wear something purple," she explains about the breathtaking number she wore to the High School Musical 3 premiere in Los Angeles.

"I've definitely been on the worst dressed list before," she unabashedly admits holding up a dress she wore to the MTV Movie Awards. "This one got a lot of the 'Do you love it? Do you hate it?'s.'"

And they say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but not for this style star

"You know you love a shoe when you keep it in a box," she coos trying on her favorite pair of jewel-embellished Christian Louboutins, before showing off her other go to's: a pair of charitably chic TOMS Shoes.

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While you may think the red carpet veteran is a glam girl, the South Carolina native has a secret for you.

"My style is either really all the way up or all the way down," she confesses.  "I'm a sweats girl, or on the red carpet!"

With an action packed life in Hollywood, Monique has a creative way of keeping herself grounded.

"I have images on my mirror that remind me of things that are more important than my image," she divulges, pointing to photographs of everyone who inspires her, from her beloved parents to Oprah.

Don't miss's exclusive In The Closet interview with Monique Coleman and be sure to check out Gimme Mo'!


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