Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, born on September 1, 1996, spent most of her childhood performing at the local theater in Oakland, California where her mother worked. She launched her acting career starring in the hit Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” and has become increasingly popular in the entertainment industry. Most recently, Zendaya has starred in three of Marvel’s “Spider-man” films alongside Tom Holland. She is also a leading fashion icon and received the C.F.D.A.’s Fashion Icon Award in 2021.
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. Both her mother, Claire Stoermer, and father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, are teachers. Zendaya was introduced to acting at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California where her mother worked a summer job as the house manager. She attended the Oakland School for the Arts and was cast in several roles in plays hosted by local theaters. She also had an interest in dance and became a member of the Future Shock Oakland dance group and studied hula dancing at the Academy of Hawaiian Arts. Before becoming one of the most influential celebrities in Hollywood, she started out working as a child fashion model for companies such as Macy’s, Mervyn’s, and Old Navy.
Zendaya’s prominence in film and T.V. started with guest roles in Disney Channel shows such as “A.N.T. Farm” and “Good Luck Charlie.” In 2009, Zendaya got the part of Rocky Blue in the popular Disney Channel show “Shake It Up!” and she worked on the show for three seasons. Zendaya’s film debut was with Disney in the film “Frenemies” and she went on to star in other Disney productions such as “Zapped” and “K.C. Undercover” which she helped produce. In September 2012, Zendaya signed with Hollywood Records and released her self-titled debut album and first single in 2013. She competed in season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” and, at the age of 16, became the youngest contestant ever to participate in the show at that time. She competed with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy and they finished as runners-up. After “Dancing with the Stars,” Zendaya made her Hollywood debut on the big screen in 2017 with film roles in Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the original musical film “The Greatest Showman.”
Zendaya has received many awards for her roles in television and film, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award, and a Saturn Award. In 2019, she began starring in HBO’s drama series “Euphoria” as a teenage drug addict. Her performance in the role has won her the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the youngest winner thus far. She also won the People’s Choice Award for Best Female Movie Star for her role in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” She became the youngest person ever to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress at the 72nd Emmy Awards in 2020. As a brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger and spokesmodel for Lancôme, Bulgari, and Valentino, Zendaya is a fashion icon. She won the 2020 Visionary Award at the CNMI Green Carpet Fashion Awards for promoting diversity and inclusion throughout her career in fashion and film. In 2021, Zendaya starred in the drama film “Malcolm & Marie,” as well as in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film “Dune,” while also voicing the character of Lola Bunny in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
She is cast as one of the main characters of the T.V. show and stars in the role for three seasons, kicking off her acting career with Disney.
Zendaya ventures into music and releases her first single and album with Hollywood Records, later having songs featured in films such as “Live 2 Dance” and “Smallfoot.”
Zendaya is paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and they finish as runners-up to Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.
She makes a splash in Hollywood with her breakout role as M.J. (Michelle Jones-Watson) in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
For her role as Rue in “Euphoria,” she is the youngest woman to win an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.’
Zendaya wins the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion (C.D.F.A.) Icon Award, making her the youngest person to ever win the award.
Why We Love Zendaya
She inspires young girls
Zendaya is a prominent role model for young girls. She is a fearless feminist who stands up for other women and she has proven herself to be a determined and hardworking young black woman in Hollywood. Zendaya also promotes body positivity and she is not afraid to live authentically.
She does charity work
Zendaya supports various campaigns and charities that are dedicated to helping underserved and underprivileged communities. In 2015, she visited South Africa and held a fundraiser with CrowdRise to raise funds for a non-profit, community-based, Ikageng charity in Soweto for a family of AIDS orphans. Zendaya also supports Feeding America, Stomp Out Bullying, Toys for Tots, and Friends for Change, among others.
She is authentic
She is true to herself and inspires others to love themselves for who they are. She shares beauty and hair tips and vegetarian food ideas with her fans on her website. She is also proud of her African heritage and frequently pays tribute to black women.
5 Surprising Facts
She is a devoted Potterhead
Zendaya has admitted to watching “Harry Potter” films at least once a day as an act of self-care.
She repeated kindergarten
According to her mother, Zendaya was a very shy child and this led to her having to repeat kindergarten.
She inspired a Barbie Doll
Mattel, a toy company, was so inspired by Zendaya’s famous 2015 Academy Awards look that they created a limited-edition Barbie Doll based on her look.
Her name is meaningful
Zendaya’s name is part Shona, a Bantu language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, and means “to give thanks.”
She is a vegetarian
Because of her love for animals, Zendaya has been a vegetarian since she was nine years old.
Who does Zendaya share a birthday with?
Zendaya shares a birthday with a lot of celebrities, including K-Pop star Jungkook, pop singer Gloria Estefan, and rock musician Joe Trohman.
Who are Zendaya’s siblings?
She has three sisters — Kaylee, Katianna, and Annabella — and two brothers — Austin and Julien.
What is Zendaya’s favorite color?
Her favorite color is pink.
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