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Zendaya is working her way, event by event, outfit by outfit, collaboration by collaboration, and cover by cover to be the next fashion icon. Working closely with stylist Law Roach, he is responsible for many of the fantastic and fabulous looks that she dons on the red carpet and at many events. Together, they even created a shoe line for Zendaya, dubbed, “Daya.”


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At 19-years-young, the teenager is making quite a name for herself, known for being vocal and outspoken. She was in the news for the way she handled herself when E! host, Giuliana Rancic, commented on her red carpet look, stating she looked like she smelled like “patchouli oil or weed.” She also boldly stood up for herself, firing a publicist that insinuated she should be happy to get a cover as a black girl vs complaining over her hair and makeup.

And what a cover girl she is.

Essence Magazine August 2016 Cover

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Shot in Brazil, the beauty looks stunning sporting her natural hair in effortless beach waves and wearing a paisley floral top and statement sea blue pants.

In the article, the Oakland native has made it a point to use her platform to speak out against any and all racial injustices against others. Recently, Zendaya posted a photo to her Instagram, naming the names of some of the lives lost of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of corrupt police.

Being fully aware of her role model status, she matter-of-factly tells Essence,

“You’ve got to realize those Twitter followers, those kids who watch you, that’s technically power. So to me, I have a responsibility or a duty to the people who watch me to promote positive things, or to show them positive things or to enlighten them….”

With Zendaya’s bold, brave spirit and outspoken nature, we are sure this talented star will be influencing and uplifting her fans for years to come.


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