Dreams seen from small eyes to achieve success are a blessing, and with hard work, they can't be faded; a true example of these lines is Zendaya, winner of an Emmy Award. Among the most well-known and significant figures in the entertainment world right now is Zendaya. She is working as an actress and singer in America, and her full name is Zendaya Maree, Stoermer Coleman. In 2022, she was listed on the Time index report list of the 100 highly influential individuals around the world.
Zendaya was born and brought up in Oakland, California, and spent a significant portion of her early years acting at the community theatre where her mom worked. Zendaya began her acting career on the Disney Channel, where she starred for three seasons in the popular show "Shake It Up!" and "K.C. Undercover," and the most interesting fact about the show is that she is also the producer of the series.
Full name- Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
Birth date- September 1, 1996 (age 26)
Birthplace- Oakland, California
Profession- Actor, singer
Popular work- Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Shake It Up!, K.C. Undercover, and many more.
One of the best projects of Zendaya is "Replay," which was also one of the best songs and her first song to make her debut in the top 40 songs of the famous American Billboard Hot 100 tracks. The track "Rewrite the Stars," which Zendaya co-wrote with Zac Efron and appeared on The Greatest Showman's soundtrack, was her biggest commercial success in 2018. The song achieved multi-platinum selling certifications worldwide and peaked at number 20 on numerous record charts.
Zendaya has appeared in "Spider-Man: No Way Home", a movie by Jon Watts, the most recent instalment in the Spider-Man franchise. In the 2017 film "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Zendaya made her first appearance in the Spider-Man world. In addition, Zendaya also has been seen as Chani with Timothee Chalamet & Oscar Isaac in Denis Villeneuve's movie "Dune." The "Dune" sequel is scheduled to release in 2023.
Birth and Childhood
Educators Claire Stoermer & Kazembe Ajamu Coleman brought Zendaya into the world on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. Her dad is an African American mix having roots in Arkansas, while her mother is of German and Scottish ancestry. The Shona name Tendai, which means "to express gratitude," is the source of Zendaya's title. She has 5 older siblings. Her mother had been a schoolteacher at Fruitvale Elementary School for 20 years.
When she was just six years old, she and her two school friends put on a presentation for Black History Month. Her mom worked a summer internship as the house employee at the adjacent California Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda, California, where she developed herself as a performer. She helped with customer seating, got tickets for just a charity fundraiser, and was inspired to continue performing music by seeing live performances. While she was barely eight years old, Zendaya spent three years as a member of the hip-hop dance crew Future Shock Oakland. She additionally spent two years performing hula at the Institute of Hawaiian Arts.
Zendaya received several performing opportunities in nearby theatres during her time as a scholar at Oakland School of the Arts. She portrayed Baby Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and then in Caroline or Change, a drama produced by Theatre Works in Palo Alto; she took on the role of Joe, a role which was initially planned to be a man. The latter was complimented by Keith Kreitman member of the San Mateo Daily Diary, who called Zendaya's 11-year-old performance "a true delight." She completed the CalShakes Conservatory program and the American Conservatory Theatre to complete her studies.
She has appeared in theatre in several Shakespearean plays. She participated in a performance of Twelfth Night and played Lady Anne in Richard III, and Celia in As You Like It. The parents relocated to Los Angeles while Zendaya was a seventh-grader. She finished her education at Oak Park High School in 2015 while chasing a career as an actor.
Starting Career as an Actor
For Macy's, Mervyns, & Old Navy, Zendaya worked as a glamour model at the beginning of her career. She appeared in an iCarly toys advertisement. She also appeared as a professional dancer in a Selena Gomez-starring Sears advertisement. She appeared in a Kidz Bop video clip for its rendition of Katy Perry's single "Hot n Cold '' in 2009, which was made available on Kidz Bop 15. She went on the Disney comedy Shake It Up's CeCe Jones audition tape in November 2009.
She sang "Leave Me Alone" by Michael Jackson at her trial. Zendaya published a commercial solo song titled "Swag It Out" in 2011. She additionally appeared in the book teaser for Katie Alender's "From Bad To Cursed." She collaborated with Bella Thorne on the song "Watch Me," which was published in June of that year. On the Billboard Charts 100, the track reached position 86. On September 18, 2011, Shake It Up's second season made its debut. In 2011, she was the host of Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off on the Disney Channel. D-Signed, a clothing brand modeled after the outfits used by her and the other Shake It Up members of the cast, debuted in Retail locations in 2011.
In Frenemies (2012), a Disney Channel exclusive Movie, Zendaya had her debut acting role. In addition to "Made in Japan," "Same Heart," & "Fashion Is My Kryptonite," she also performed three extra tracks for the album, which were later made as promo singles. Shake It Up received a final and third series renewal in June 2012.
She formally partnered with Hollywood Records on September 2, 2012. She gave performances at Teen Music Festival and the Operation Smile fundraiser in October. In the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars, Zendaya was among the famous contestants. She held the record for being the show's smallest participant ever until Willow Shields surpassed her in season 20 at the age of 14. Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a dance instructor, was paired with her. The duo came in second place in May, trailing Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough.
On September 17, 2013, Zendaya's solo debut single was made available. The song "Replay," composed by Tiffany Fred & Paul "Phamous" Shelton, was launched on July 16, 2013, and came before the album. She was given the role of 16-year-old Zoey Stevens in the Disney Channel's Original Film Zapped in August 2013. In the film, her smartphone "begins somehow to control all the boys around her."
She was picked as Elvis Duran's Talent of the Month in November 2013, and she appeared on NBC's Today, where she gave a live performance of her track "Replay". She was chosen to play the heroine in the Super Awesome Katy Disney Channel movie the same year. Disney Channel acquired it as a drama in May 2014, and the current title of the show Instead of Katy Cooper, Zendaya's role is now known as K.C. Cooper in the film K.C. Undercover.
In addition to making choices on some important aspects of the character's nature, Zendaya had some impact through the changing of her role's name and the series title. K.C. Undercover made its Disney Channel debut on Jan 18, 2015, while in May of that same year was given a second season commitment. Zendaya appeared as a guest host on a Project Runway: Under the Gunn episode in 2014. The goal for the show's competitor designers was to create a look for her to appear for a forthcoming musical engagement.
Zendaya was the subject of a joke by Giuliana Rancic in February 2015 at 87th Academy Awards about her hair feeling like "patchouli oil" & "weed." As soon as she heard the comment, Zendaya immediately responded on Instagram, pointing out numerous accomplished people wear "locks," a haircut with absolutely nothing to do with narcotics. Her face was used as a Barbie, who wore her Oscars ensemble, created by her appreciation of Mattel. The doll is a part of Mattel's Barbie "Sheroes" initiative, which celebrates powerful, contemporary women.
Zendaya as a New Rising Star
After swapping music companies from Disney to Republic, Zendaya announced the rest of the month that she was collaborating with her on her latest album. Chris Brown was the featured artist on "Something New," which was launched on February 5 by Hollywood Records & Republic Records. Additionally, the song represents her first official offering after joining Republic Records. In the finale episode of Project Runway's fifteenth season in December 2016, Zendaya appeared as a special guest. In the blockbuster movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was published in July 2017, she made her acting debut as Michelle.
In the film, Zendaya decided not to wear makeup for her screen test and "introduced her additions to the character, including such as carrying about a mug of tea full of herbs." The movie took in $117 million in its opening weekend, making it the top-grossing film. Considering her little screen time, David Ehrlich of Indie Wire labelled her the movie's "MVP." At the same time, John DeFore of The Motion Picture Association of America lauded her as a "scene snatcher."
She had an appearance in the Bruno Mars single "Versace on the Floor '' music video in August 2016. Zendaya also acted as the lead in the unique musical movie The Greatest Showman in Dec 2017. She portrays a trapeze performer who, in an era when multiracial romance was frowned upon, became fascinated with Zac Efron's character. Her rapport with Efron was complemented by Variety's Owen Gleiberman. Zendaya received acclaim from The Hollywood Reporter for being " strongest, delivering genuine delicacy to her few appearances."
On three of the music's songs, featuring "Rewrite the Stars," she made an appearance. Despite receiving a mixed response, the movie became the third-highest-earning live-action song ever made. Zendaya provided the yeti Meechee's audio in the animated movie Smallfoot, which Warner Bros. launched in September of last year. She contributed two songs to the music as well. Good reviews for the movie were given. In June 2019, Zendaya debuted as Rue, who was a 17-year-old drug user, and the series' storyteller, in the HBO television drama Euphoria, which is a remake of the Israeli show of the same name.
She "adds sad lightness to occasions when her whirling character seems indestructible instead of frail," according to Ben Travers of Indie Wire. Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian praised her work as "incredible" and "captivating." She was the youngest winner of the Primetime Emmy Prize for Outstanding Lead Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her work. For her work, she would also get Performer of the Week honours by TVLine during the week ending February 6, 2022.
She returned to the role of MJ in Spider-Man: Far from Home in 2019. Zendaya's performance was dubbed "darkly enticing" by critic Christy Lemire, who also commended her "hilarious, deadpan appeal." The movie did well at the box office, finishing the season as the fourth-highest-grossing title. Zendaya featured in Malcolm & Marie in 2021, a movie that was shot amid the initial COVID-19 outbreak. The project followed stringent safety regulations and had a small team to reduce health concerns.
John David Washington is a co-actor in the movie, which was filmed by Sam Levinson, who not only wrote the script for Euphoria but also contributed in many ways. As a method of rewarding everyone else who contributed to the production of the film financially if it was successful, Zendaya distributed parts of the success to every one of them.
Feeding America received a portion of the earnings as well. Although the movie received mixed reviews, Zendaya's performance received praise. She was lauded for being "dazzling" and "total fire" by Brian Truitt of USA Today, "the movie's single good thing" by Richard Brody, and "wearing Marie's vulnerability on the top, only to expose the character's fortitude through camera shots and stillness," by Variety's Peter Debruge. Following that, she gave the voice for Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy. She inspired the character from her childhood memories of seeing their family's enthusiasm for basketball.
This was their first movie. Then, in the first instalment of a two-part dramatisation of the 1965 book Dune, Zendaya portrayed Chani in Denis Villeneuve's thriller film Dune (same name as the novel). Glenn Kenny, a critic, called her characterization "better than apt," and CNN's Brian Lowry commented that she only played a little part in the narrator's hallucinations, which were "gauzy visuals." For the 3rd time, Zendaya played MJ in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com commended her performance of Michael Jackson's "dramatic final beats" and the connection she had with Tom Holland. After working together with Labrinth on the song "All for Us" for Euphoria's debut season, Zendaya co-wrote two tunes for season 2 in 2022 ("I'm Tired" & "Elliot's Song") and contributed vocals to the latter. She received four Emmy awards for season 2 of Euphoria in recognition of her excellent performance as Rue. For her literary contributions to the music of the play, she also garnered two awards for Excellent Original Songs and Lyrics.
She began negotiations to portray Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, in a biopic based on Spector's autobiography Be My Baby in 2020. A White Lie, starring her as Anita Hemmings, an African-American lady descended from enslaved people and Whites who passed for white to enrol in Vassar College in the 1890s, has appeared in development until 2017. She was featured in the 2018 crime drama Finest Kind by Brian Helgeland. She will manage and appear in the Luca Guadagnino-helmed drama film Contenders, which was revealed in February 2022 and will be available from August 11, 2023. On November 17, 2023, Dune: Part Two, in which she will eventually appear, will be launched.
Business and Style
Zendaya served as the spokesperson for brands like Chi Hair Care, Material Girl, X-Out, Beats Electronics, and X-Out. To "assist girls through the rougher portions of the adolescent years," she published her first book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years in Style & Confidence, in August 2013. She debuted a line of shoes in August 2015 under the moniker Daya, which was also her nickname. Daya by Zendaya, Zendaya's clothing collection, debuted in November 2016. The second volume featured all sizes and was gender-neutral.
She was named the Tommy Hilfiger brand's spokesperson in October 2018 and collaborated on the Tommy x Zendaya box designs. Her ramp shows at Paris Fashion Week & New York Fashion Week have been acclaimed for honouring equality and inclusivity, incorporating women of colour, plus-size models, and modelling techniques as old as the 1970s. She drew inspiration from the '70s, specifically the decade's "powerful, legendary women." The events served as a homage to the leading fashion figures.
Zendaya started working as a brand ambassador for Lancôme in 2019, followed by Bulgari and Valentino in 2020. Zendaya was named the international brand representative for Glaceau SmartWater in June 2022. Zendaya was named one of the year's finest ladies by the online retailer of clothing Net-a-Porter. She & her designer, Law Roach, decided to work exclusively with black designers, creators, and artists for the September 2020 issue of In Style. For "supporting inclusiveness and diversity in style and film," she received the Pioneer Award just at CNMI Green Carpet Fashion Awards in October 2020.
Donating and Advocacy
Zendaya has backed a number of charities and causes. She enlisted her assistance as a spokeswoman for Caravan of Hope in 2012 and urged followers to contribute to the relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy. The year after, she advocated additional relief initiatives. A part of the money from Zendaya's 2014 recording of John Legend's track "All of Me" for charity was donated. She launched a drive to support at least 150 starving children in Haiti as part of her 18th birthday celebration during the same year. Additionally, she launched a fundraising effort to help Convoy's Female empowerment Program in 2016 as part of her 20th birthday celebrations.
Zendaya performed at the Mission Smile fundraiser in October 2012. She served as the 2014 Trick-or-Treat campaign ambassador for UNICEF. She traveled to South Africa in July 2015 as part of UNAIDS, a United Nations initiative that aims to prevent and facilitate access to HIV and AIDS medication. Then she organised fundraising through CrowdRise, with the earnings going to the Soweto-based, non-profit Ikageng organisation for a household of AIDS orphans. A part of the revenues from the sale of Malcolm & Marie, a movie made during the pandemic, was donated to Feeding America in September 2020.
Zendaya participates in aiding impoverished schools and underprivileged areas financially and provides school funding. She collaborated with Verizon Foundation in September 2017 as a representative for their nationwide #WeNeedMore program to give kids access to information technology, learning experiences, and jobs. She was encouraging them to seek STEM-related occupations. In March 2018, She collaborated with Google.org to support an advanced computer programming course for pupils at an Oakland community college. Zendaya supports feminists.
She participated in the Female's March in Washington in January 2017 to demonstrate her sympathy for female issues. She has already talked about what it was like to be a black woman in Hollywood. She utilizes her channels on social media to talk about harassment, fat shaming, democracy, & equal opportunity. Her actions have demonstrated her sympathy for the Black Lives Matter cause. She participated in George Floyd demonstrations in June 2020 & subsequently granted Patrisse Cullors access to her Insta profile so she could post anti-racism materials and multimedia. Over the years, she has been a supporter of voting.
She starred in a political film serving as one of the famous people that took part in the "Vote Your Future" effort in October 2016. Through Michelle Obama's nonpartisan group "When We All Vote" in Sept 2020, she urged her followers to confirm their voter registration before elections. The following month, she reminded people to vote again by sharing a video of herself presenting her ballot.
The following month, she reminded people to vote also by sharing a video of herself presenting her ballot. She participated in P&G's Mean Stinks campaign in October 2013 & co-hosted the statewide currently resident session attended by over 500 schools. She and her Spider-Man: Homecoming actress starred in a PSA in September 2017 for the anti-bullying initiative Stomp Out Violence. Additionally, Zendaya has contributed to several organisations, including Buddies for Good, Give My Dress, Kids Mending Souls, Urban Year, Families in Education, DonorsChoose.org, and the American Heart Association.
Honors and Awards
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Leading Actress in a Drama Show in 2020 at the age of 24 for her performance as Rue Bennett in the HBO television drama Euphoria. She made history in acting by being the youngest two-time winner when she took home the prize again during the 2022 PrimeTime Emmy Awards.
She has also received nominations for four Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Film & TV Prize, a Critic's Choice, a Critics' Choice Movie Award nomination for her performance with John David Washington in the 2020 love story Malcolm & Marie, as well as a Critics' Choice Film Award eventually won within the same classification for Euphoria. In the same year, she received a nomination for 4 BET Prizes (two for the Young Star Award and multiple for Lead Actress), an MTV Film & TV Award, 3 Saturn Awards (winning one for Best Supporting Role for her work in Spider-Man: Far From Home), as well as 4 Young Artist Awards. She also received recognition for two Young Star Prizes and two Greatest Actress BET Awards.
Zendaya has won numerous accolades for her music, with two Primetime Emmy prize nominations for Best Creative Songwriting and Lyrics for co-writing the songs "Elliot's Song" and "I'm Tired." She also won the 2018 Teen Award Nomination for Choice Music Collaborative efforts in the pop hit "Rewrite the Stars" with Zac Efron again from the movie soundtrack of The Greatest Showman. She received a 2013 proposal for the Radio Disney Music Award for Outstanding Video For the song for herself and Bella Thorne's track "Fashion Is My Kryptonite" from their opening EP Made In Japan. Additionally, she has been nominated for 16 additional Teen Choice Awards, winning six of them in other areas.
In the popular Time magazine's yearly list of the top 100 highly influential individuals on the planet in 2022, Zendaya was listed. She is also regarded as a fashionista and an activist. She has won countless prestigious honours for her work in each of those sectors, along with the Glamour Prize for The Voice for Girls, the Shorty Prize for Best Personality, the People's Choice Award for Best Fashion Star of the Year, the CFDA Fashionista Prize, four Teen Popularity Finalists, and a victory in the area of Choice Fashion Icon.
Zendaya has a house in L.A. as well as an apartment in Brooklyn. She follows vegetarianism and claims that her primary motivation is her love for animals. Tom Holland, a British actor and Zendaya's co-actor in Spider-Man, is her boyfriend. Zendaya is one of such actresses who broke the stereotype of earning fame with glamour and prefers to be known for work more than her personal life; she is a good person and actress and is loved by everyone.