Back in 2010, 13-year-old Zendaya Coleman danced her way across our television screens and into our hearts as Rocky Blue on the hit Disney series "Shake It Up." These days, the now 22-year-old has added onto her stacked resume and has become one of the most dynamic, inspiring young women in the entertainment industry. Just this past month, Coleman made headlines YET AGAIN for becoming the youngest brand ambassador for the global beauty brand, Lancôme. From her undeniable fashion sense to her outspoken demeanor, there are more than a million reasons to look up to and be inspired by this trailblazing A-lister.
Ahead, we’re sounding off on eight of the these reasons — including why Coleman will forever be our Woman Crush Wednesday.
1. She stands for body positivity and self-love.
"Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love,” said Coleman back in 2015 on Instagram after Modeliste magazine attempted to shrink the size of her hips and torso for their cover. In the Instagram post, Coleman called out the magazine for pushing unrealistic standards of beauty and was applauded by many fans for choosing not to remain silent about the issue. That same year, the actress also rallied behind YouTuber Shaaanxo when she was insulted by the social media account Manstagram, a profile known for its misogynistic commentary. When they published derogatory statements about her appearance with and without makeup, the star responded by saying, “That awkward moment when this tweet is irrelevant cause she's slaying both ways #wannaborrowmyglasses.”
2. She's a multi-talented entertainer.
Coleman isn't JUST a triple threat. She's a jill of all trades. Aside from her acting career, which includes major roles in K.C Undercover, SpiderMan: Homecoming, and The Greatest Showman, Coleman has also broken ground as a talented singer and model. She dropped her first music album “Zendaya” in 2013, has appeared on the covers of countless magazines ranging from Vogue to Essence, and even appeared in the sultry Bruno Mars video "Versace on the Floor."
3. She has an INCREDIBLE sense of fashion.
From the intricate butterfly Moschino dress she wore to the Sydney premiere for her film The Greatest Showman to her Joan of Arc-inspired Versace ensemble at the 2018 Met Gala (seen above), Coleman never fails to deliver iconic fashion looks. With the help of celebrity stylist Law Roach, Coleman has been able to hone in on her signature sense of style that is both elegant and eclectic. Might we add, that for many of the events on her schedule, Coleman also does her own makeup. What can’t this girl do?!
4. She stays making money moves in the beauty and fashion industries.
Coleman’s ambassador deal with Lancôme is just the latest of her endeavors in the beauty and fashion industries. For example, a 70s-inspired clothing collaboration with Coleman and Tommy Hilfiger is set to debut on March 2 of this year. Coleman also previously launched her own clothing and shoe line called Daya by Zendaya and was named as one of the faces of Covergirl back in 2016.
5. She's an advocate for representation.
After three seasons of "Shake It Up," Coleman returned to Disney for one reason: to increase diversity on television. The series Coleman starred in, K.C. Undercover, did just that. In an interview with Variety she said, “When I left Disney, there weren't any families of color on the channel. That was a big reason why I wanted to come back." When the idea of the show was being formed, Coleman also stressed the importance of showcasing girls with talents outside of singing and dancing to Disney executives. She said, “I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing,” adding, “There are other things that a girl can be. I want her to be martial arts–trained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else.”
6. She isn't afraid to speak out against social justice issues.
Coleman has always made it a point to use her platform to bring awareness to racism, sexism, and inequality. After wearing dreadlocks to the 2015 Oscars, E! Anchor Giuliana Rancic made offensive remarks about the hairstyle. Rancic said that because of the dreadlocks, Coleman must smell like “patchouli oil" and “weed." Coleman took to Instagram to pen an open letter about the culturally insensitive remarks saying, “To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.” The starlet has also been an avid supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement talking about it openly on social media and the red carpet.
7. She prioritizes her family.
Throughout her career, Coleman’s family has been right by her side. Coleman spoke about her family in TIME saying, "As I've gotten older, I've realized my true models are my parents. My mom is like a sheroe. My dad is so strong. I look up to my big sister and realize the influence she's had on me and making me a better person. Having such a big, grounded family, I realized as you get older how important that is." Seeing a mega-star like Coleman with such a deep bond with her family is refreshing and highlights how down-to-earth Coleman really is.
8. She's an advocate for healthy living.
Like PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, Coleman is adamant about finding ways to make fitness fun. In an interview with Justine Magazine, she talked about working out and said, "My biggest fitness tip is to find something that is fun for you. I enjoy dancing and fight choreography so that's how I get my exercise in." On her website, she also provided a glimpse into her intense sweat sessions with her trainer Austin Wheatley. In addition to staying active, Coleman also stopped eating meat and sticks to a vegetarian diet.
Why do you love Zendaya? Let us know in the comments, Sweat Sisters?