Zendaya: Meet the girl taking over the world

Zendaya receives the prestigious Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Stars Insider

11/11/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Hollywood is rife with tales of Disney stars dominating headlines, from Miley Cyrus to Bella Thorne, but no Disney alum has ever had such a crystal clear reputation as Zendaya. She’s a film and TV actress, but she’s also a fashion icon, author, dancer, designer, R&B singer, activist—oh, and did we mention she's only in her mid-twenties? 

What truly separates her from the growing crowd of young celebrities is that she is all talent and passion, and no scandal or controversy. She’s got a good head on her shoulders, and her skills only seem to sharpen with time. From ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘The Greatest Showman,’ she’s proved her blockbuster-making ability. Now, with the HBO series ‘Euphoria,’ she has shed Disney completely (using fabricated on-screen drugs instead of real ones). Not to mention she’s a fashion chameleon who could probably make a garbage bag look haute couture.

At the age of 25, she has been given the CFDA Fashion Icon Award. She arrived on the red carpet in a fabulous red Vera Wang gown, accompanied by her famous stylist Law Roach. "It's kind of a dream and beyond my imagination," the young star told reporters. "It doesn't feel quite real…I was saying, I probably won't even absorb the night until a few weeks from now. I'm still living in a dream." The CFDA bestowed Zendaya with the honor "for her global impact on fashion." Previous recipients of the award include Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga.

Check out this gallery to get a proper introduction to a star unlike any other.

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