Zendaya has risen from Disney star to one of the most celebrated young actresses alive, even winning an Emmy award for her work on the hit show Euphoria. She is also known for her keen fashion sense and style.
Zendaya has never publicly revealed which makeup brands she uses. She has admitted that she has taught herself how to apply makeup and watched many YouTube videos when she was young to perfect her technique.
The star is now known for both being a wonderfully talented performer and a fashion icon.
Zendaya Maree Stoemer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. Her mother Claire was a teacher and the actress has five older siblings.
Zendaya attended Fruitvale Elementary School in the Bay Area, which happened to be the school her mother taught at for nearly two decades. Zendaya was exposed to performing at an early age as her mother worked at a Shakespeare theater company and brought her daughter along to watch performances during the summer.
When she was 8, Zendaya joined a hip-hop dance group called Future Shock Oakland. As well, she also spent two years dancing the hula with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts.
Zendaya began attending the Oakland School for the Arts as a child and soon started performing in local theater. A few years later she would begin studying at the American Conservatory Theater and had roles in multiple Shakespeare plays such as Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
For many years, Zendaya performed as a backup dancer.
In 2009, Zendaya landed her first big role in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. The show premiered as Disney’s second highest-rated premiere in the network’s history.
On the heels of the show’s success, Zendaya released a single titled “Sway It Out”. Later that year, she released “Watch Me” featuring Bella Thorne, which made its highest chart appearance at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Zendaya then appeared in a few Disney Channel made-for-TV movies, such as Frenemies and Zapped. She also competed on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars, where was placed as the runner-up.
Zendaya’s star kept rising as she grew older. Her career was about to change directions and move away from her Disney work and into something much more adult – and successful.
In July 2017, Zendaya appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the hotly anticipated Spider-Man reboot starring Tom Holland and Michael Keaton. The film garnered $117 million in its opening weekend alone.
Zendaya did not spend much time on screen in Homecoming but her performance was praised and set the stage for her role to grow in following films. She was critically acclaimed and got along well with fellow cast members in the film.
In December of that year, the young actress co-starring in the hit musical The Greatest Showman alongside Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman. She also lent her voice to the family-friendly animated film Smallfoot.
The actress entered a whole new phase of her career after that. She began appearing on the HBO series Euphoria in 2019. The actress played a young drug addict and narrator of the show that was a radically different performance compared to her previous roles.
Her work on the show was universally praised and greatly raised her profile quickly. The actress was awarded the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance and was the youngest winner of the award in Emmy’s history.
In 2019, Zendaya returned for Spider-Man: Far from Home, which had her taking on a much larger part in the movie.
The actress was also cast as Chani in Dune, the major adaptation of the popular science fiction novel. That film was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Style and Look
Zendaya has been praised repeatedly for her authentic personality and style and look. She has said she is a great fan of fashion and makeup and cosmetics but has never revealed which brands she uses or likes most.
She relies on multiple makeup artists to define and maintain her look on red carpets and at major events.
She has cited inspiration from Cher to Bianca Jagger when it comes to her looks.
She has also said that beauty has no rules and she encourages all young women to take their time and find a look that they feel comfortable and happy with.