Zendaya is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up and for being a contestant on the sixteenth season of the dance competition series Dancing with the Stars.
Zendaya, whose name is derived from the Shona name Tendai, which means “to give thanks,” went to Fruitvale Elementary School, where her mother taught for over two decades. She developed as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, where her mother worked as the house manager during the summer. She assisted her seat patrons, sold fundraising tickets, and was inspired to pursue acting by the theatrical performances.
Zendaya attended Oakland School for the Arts and was cast in several roles in local theaters while still a student. She played Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse, and Joe, a character originally written as male, in Caroline, or Change at TheaterWorks in Palo Alto. She attended the CalShakes Conservatory and the American Conservatory Theater.
Zendaya is 25 years years old as of 2021. She was born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, U.S. She celebrates her birthday on September 1.
Zendaya stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m).
Zendaya is the daughter of teachers Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman. Her father is African-American with Arkansas roots, and her mother is of German and Scottish descent; she has five older siblings.
Quick Facts About Zendaya
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Zendaya is not married and is not in any relationship. Her interests include singing, dancing, and designing clothes.
Zendaya Net Worth
Zendaya has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
In June 2019, Zendaya began starring as Rue, a 17-year-old drug addict, and the series’ narrator, in the HBO drama series Euphoria, an adaptation of the Israeli series of the same name. Sam Levinson, who also created Euphoria, directed the film, which also stars John David Washington. She played Rue Bennett, a recovering adolescent drug addict trying to find her place in the world.
Jules, a newly arrived transgender girl, decides to attend a party hosted by a popular college freshman. On a family vacation, a young Kat suddenly gains weight. Jules begins texting with an anonymous jock on the internet. Jules, who is 11 years old, is admitted to a psychiatric hospital for gender dysphoria and self-harm. Maddy enjoyed competing in beauty pageants until her mother forbade her from doing so in the future. Nate is unable to obtain an erection with Maddy, who confronts him about his sexual orientation.
Zendaya Dancing with the Stars
Zendaya was announced as one of the celebrities competing on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. She was the youngest contestant ever to appear on the show at the age of 16 until Willow Shields took her place at the age of 14 on season 20. Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a professional dancer, was her partner. In May, the couple finished second to Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.
Zendaya Shake It Up
She auditioned for the role of CeCe Jones in the Disney sitcom Shake It Up in November 2009. (titled Dance Dance Chicago at the time). She sang Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” during her audition. She was cast in the role of Rocky Blue. Shake It Up premiered on Disney Channel on November 7, 2010, to 6.2 million viewers, making it the channel’s second highest-rated premiere in its 27-year history.
Shake It Up’s second season premiered on September 18, 2011. On Disney Channel, Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011. In 2011, Target stores began selling D-Signed, a clothing line inspired by Zendaya and the other Shake It Up cast members. Shake It Up was renewed for a third and final season in June 2012.
Beats Electronics, “X-Out”, “Material Girl”, CoverGirl, and Chi Hair Care all used Zendaya as their face. Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence, her debut book, was released in August 2013 to “help girls through the tougher parts of the tween years.”
In August 2015, she debuted her Daya shoe collection, named after her childhood nickname. Zendaya’s clothing line Daya by Zendaya debuted in November 2016, with the second collection being gender-fluid and offering a full range of sizes. In October 2018, she was named Tommy Hilfiger’s brand ambassador, and she collaborated on the Tommy x Zendaya capsule collections.
She was inspired by the 1970s, specifically, the decade’s “strong, iconic women,” and her runway shows at Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week were praised for celebrating diversity and inclusivity, including women of color, plus-size models, and models as old as 70; the shows were also a tribute to the pioneering model icons. Zendaya became a Lancôme spokesmodel in 2019, followed by Bulgari and Valentino the following year.
Fashion website Net-a-Porter named Zendaya one of the best-dressed women in 2018. She collaborated with her stylist, Law Roach, to select all black designers, artists, and creatives for her InStyle 2020 September issue. She will receive the Visionary Award at the 2020 World Expo in October.
Zendaya identifies as a feminist. She attended the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017 to show her support for women’s rights. She has previously spoken about her experiences as a black woman in Hollywood. She uses her social media platforms to advocate for racial justice, voting rights, body shaming, and bullying. For years, she has expressed her support for the Black Lives Matter movement on her social media accounts; she participated in the George Floyd protests in June 2020 and temporarily lent her Instagram account to Patrisse Cullors to share anti-racism resources and media. Zendaya has long been an advocate for voting.
She was one of the celebrities who took part in the “Vote Your Future” initiative in October 2016, and she appeared in a campaign video. In September 2020, she encouraged her fans to check their voter registration ahead of elections, in collaboration with Michelle Obama and her nonpartisan organization “When We All Vote.” The following month, she shared a video of herself voting to remind people to vote again. In October 2013, she took part in P&G’s Mean Stinks campaign, co-hosting a nationwide live-streamed assembly attended by nearly 500 schools. In September 2017, she appeared in a PSA for the awareness campaign Stomp Out Bullying alongside her Spider-Man: Homecoming co-stars.
Zendaya TV Shows
- 2019–present – Euphoria
- 2019 – The OA
- 2017 – Walk the Prank
- 2017 – Lip Sync Battle
- 2015–2018 – K.C. Undercover
- 2015 – Black-ish
- 2014 – Zapped
- 2014 – The Making of SWAY
- 2014 – SWAY: A Dance Trilogy
- 2013 – Dancing with the Stars
- 2013 – The Story of Zendaya
- 2012 – A.N.T. Farm
- 2012 – Frenemies
- 2011 – Good Luck Charlie
- 2011 – PrankStars
- 2011 – Pixie Hollow Games
- 2010–2013 – Shake It Up
- 2023 – Finest Kind
- 2023 – A White Lie
- 2023 – Dune 2
- 2022 – Untitled film adaptation of Be My Baby
- 2021 – Malcolm & Marie
- 2021 – Space Jam: A New Legacy
- 2021 – Dune
- 2021 – Spider-Man: No Way Home
- 2019 – Spider-Man: Far from Home
- 2018 – Duck Duck Goose
- 2018 – Smallfoot – Meechee
- 2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
- 2017 – The Greatest Showman
- 2013 – Super Buddies