Actor, model, singer, dancer and activist, Zendaya, debuted her July 2017 Vogue cover on her social media with the proud caption: I really don’t have any words right now…I’m grateful, honored and a million other beautiful things that wouldn’t fit in a caption. I’M ON VOGUE Y’ALL!!!!
The now 20-year-old former child star has turned into a sophisticated woman right in front of our eyes, but don’t let her age fool you — she’s been the boss for quite some time.
Zendaya covers all aspects of her life in the Vogue interview, including how much of a role she played, even as a teenager, negotiating her terms for the Disney show, K.C. Undercover. She had already proved star worthy to the Network with her hit show Shake it Up. Now she wanted to name the terms for the next project, which included making her a producer (at 16 years old!) and changing the name of the show, originally called Super Awesome Katy.
“I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel, I was like, ‘The title is whack. That’s gonna change. Do I look like a Katy to you?'”
She also insisted the the show feature a family of color, as well as other conditions.
“I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasn’t artistically inclined. I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance; she can’t sing. She can’t do that stuff. 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. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.”
And she got it. All of it. According to Zendaya, speaking her mind was second nature.
“A lot of people don’t realize their power. I have so many friends who say yes to everything or feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in a situation. No: You have the power.”
A powerful and inspirational message for any age. The article covers much of the star’s childhood, including interviews from parents and loved ones. The debacle with Giuliana Rancic and her faux pas about her faux locks, as well as her love of fashion.