An American performer and star on stage and screen, Zendaya goes under several names. She began her career as a Disney child star and is now a successful Hollywood actress and businesswoman.
In 2017, her big break came with her role in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming. In addition, she promotes the mission of the charity Convoy of Hope in her spare time. Zendaya is a great inspiration to young women all around the world because to her own clothing line, Daya by Zendaya, and her proven ability as a businesswoman.
Zendaya Early Life
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, to Claire Marie Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman. Her mother taught at Fruitvale Elementary School, and her grandmother, Claire Stoermer, managed the house at the California Shakespeare Theater, where young Claire performed as Lady Anne in Richard III and a chorus girl in Twelfth Night. Later in life, Zendaya enrolled in Oak Park High School.
Coleman performed in several plays while at Oakland School of the Arts. She portrayed Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks.
With 6.2 million viewers, the premiere of “Shake It Up” on Disney Channel in 2010 was the network’s second highest-rated premiere since its inception in 1983. Coleman returned to her “Shake It Up” character in an episode of “Good Luck Charlie” in 2011. Her promotional single for “Shake It Up,” “Watch Me,” peaked at #86 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 with the support of “Shake It Up” co-star Bella Thorne. Zendaya voiced Fern in the Pixie Hollow Games and hosted the Disney Channel show “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011” that year.
Her debut album, “Zendaya,” which reached #51 on the “Billboard” 200 charts, followed the same year after she voiced Lollipop in the film “Super Buddies,” placed second on “Dancing with the Stars,” and earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
Because of her success in these parts, she went on to star in “Zapped” on the Disney Channel in 2014, to guest feature on “Black-ish” on ABC in 2015, and then to headline the 75-episode “K.C. Undercover” on the CW from 2015 to 2018. Coleman made $880.2 million and $435 million from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “The Greatest Showman,” respectively, at the box office in 2017. Zendaya reprised her role as MJ in this year’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” and in October 2019, it was announced that she would be back for the next “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
In 2018, she was known for her parts in “Duck, Duck, Goose” and “Smallfoot,” and her depiction of Rue Bennett on “The OA” and “Euphoria” earned her an Emmy nod. Zendaya had a busy 2021, with roles in Malcolm & Marie, Space Jam: A New Legacy (in which she portrayed Lola Bunny), and the upcoming science fiction epic Dune (in which she played the role of Chani). In 2020, she will appear in and produce a biopic based on Ronnie Spector’s 1990 memoir Be My Baby. Coleman has acted as a spokesperson for a variety of brands, including Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line, CoverGirl cosmetics, Beats Electronics, and Chi Hair Care.
She graciously accepted a nomination for “promoting diversity and inclusion” in the fashion and entertainment industries, which earned her a Visionary Award at the CNMI Green Carpet Fashion Awards.
Zendaya Personal Life
They’ve been incredibly careful to keep it quiet and out of the public eye, but they’ve gone on vacations together and try to spend as much time as possible with one another, a source told “People” magazine in 2017, fueling speculations that Zendaya and her “Spider-Man” co-star Tom Holland were dating. After years of denying the accusations, Coleman and Holland were caught kissing in Tom’s car in Los Angeles in July 2021. Odell Beckham Jr. of the NFL and Jacob Elordi, her “Euphoria” co-star, have both been linked to Zendaya in the past as potential suitors.
When asked why she gave up meat, Coleman responded, “My biggest reason for being a vegetarian is that I’m an animal lover — absolutely not because I love vegetables.” Zendaya’s charitable work includes contributions to the American Heart Association, DonorsChoose.org, Toys for Tots, Donate My Dress, and Friends for Change. She is a spokeswoman for UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat campaign and the Verizon Foundation’s #WeNeedMore program, and she was named a Convoy of Hope ambassador in 2012. Coleman was active in Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” organization in September 2020 and the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017.
1. “I use my platform for more than just myself. Art is a reflection of human emotions. To neglect the political is to neglect what essentially is your job of storytelling. I would rather be known for the content of my character than for the project that I did.” – Zendaya
2. “I’ve always dressed, even when I was younger. My parents didn’t pick out my clothes or anything. They let me do that, which I think is an important thing because it allows for kids to experiment and figure out what they like, even at a young age.” – Zendaya
3. “My generation has the opportunity to change the world.” – Zendaya
4. “You can’t grow and gain confidence from wearing the same thing every day.” – Zendaya
5. “I think women are very powerful and I think we’re more powerful together than separated.” – Zendaya
6. “I’m very proud of my skin and my face, and I have no problem not wearing makeup. I don’t wear makeup because I feel like I need to cover myself up or because I don’t feel confident. I wear makeup because it’s fun; it’s like painting on my face.” – Zendaya
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