If you haven’t watched Disney Channel since you were a kid, you might not have heard of Zendaya until her feature film debut in last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. We’re sure her star’s only going to keep rising.
She was a producer on her own Disney show.
After her Disney debut in Shake It Up, Zendaya was offered the lead in a show called Super Awesome Katy. She was 17 at the time, but she negotiated a producer role before she signed on and she got it, gaining creative control over the show. She lobbied for a change in the show’s title and her character, leading to K.C. Undercover.
She had an official Barbie created just for her.
She attended the 2015 Oscars with her hair styled in dreadlocks, prompting Fashion Police hosts to say, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil…or weed”. Zendaya fired back against the racist remark in a statement on her Instagram:
“My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.”
To applaud her standing up for herself and for women of color, Mattel created the Zendaya Barbie, modeled after her entire Oscars look.
She can pull off any look
You’ve seen her as a pink-haired performer in The Greatest Showman and as an awkward teen in Spider-Man, but even in real life, Zendaya’s always switching up her style, from borrowed-from-the-boys to ultra glam.
She’s pulled off a pajamas on the red carpet; she’s gone with the dreadlocks, and her natural curls and no matter what she does, she always looks fabulous