By: Cassie Manz
I’ve known about Zendaya for a few years now, since her breakout role on the popular Disney Channel TV show, Shake It Up, that my little sister loved. Also, let’s be honest, I secretly listened to “Replay” in my car so said little sister wouldn’t know I liked the same pop music she did.
Zendaya Coleman is a “young style icon,” according to Vanity Fair (I would agree), a hit singer, actress, and a budding fashion designer. At 20 years old, she has 43 million Instagram followers, 8 million Twitter followers, and has already attended the Met Gala three times. So, basically, she’s killing it.
In case you might be on the fence about loving Zendaya or just not know a lot about her, here are some notes that prove she is really cool!
- She’s hip enough to be known by only her first name, like Beyonce and Adele.
- For her 18th birthday, instead of throwing a huge party or going to Hawaii, she helped raise money to feed hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania, and the Philippines. Fans could donate to her online campaign she created through feedOne, an initiative of Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian-relief organization she was worked with in the past.
- She shut down Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic’s racist remarks with a single Instagram post. After Zendaya appeared on the Oscars red carpet in 2015 with her hair styled in faux dreadlocks Rancic commented during the show coverage that Zendaya’s hair made her look like she “smells like patchouli oil. Or, weed.” Zendaya responded brilliantly, eloquently, and gracefully. In her post she wrote: “There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”
- She spoke out against photoshopping in the beauty industry. After Modeliste magazine published retouched photos of her in a spread, Zendaya called the magazine out on Twitter, posting a side-by-side of two versions of the same photo, one edited and one untouched. In her post she wrote that the retouched photos “are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.” Modeliste removed the photos from their website.
- To top it all off, she’s (if you didn’t guess by now) a feminist. In her own words a feminist is “a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.” Something everyone can get behind!
Zendaya is a great example of what Planned Parenthood stands for: strong, powerful women standing up for what they believe in and using their voices to do good in the world.