2017 Is The Year for Zendaya
With Spider-man: Homecoming blasting through the box office with $117 million last weekend, people have taken to the Internet to voice their opinions on the changes to Spider-man, but most opinions have been on the young actress portraying Michelle and having her role take the place of Mary Jane. 20-year-old Zendaya, a Disney Channel veteran, has certainly been preparing herself for her big screen debut opposite Tom Holland, but Zendaya was relatively unknown to audiences who do not have a child in their household until the much-anticipated movie was released.
Zendaya, a jack-of-all-trades, got her start in community theatre, as most actors do, but then booked her first television credit starring opposite Bella Thorne in Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. While Zendaya’s rise to tween stardom seems to be something straight out of a fairytale, the actress faced discrimination for her height and her skin color stating in interviews she felt out of her element and judged too harshly against her peers at some auditions solely because of her skin color and Amazonian nature. Fast-forward five years to 2017 and Zendaya has become a triple-threat and a fashion icon as well as an activist for issues she wholeheartedly believes in.
Although Zendaya currently stars as K.C. Cooper in her second Disney Channel series, K.C. Undercover, she has proven her talents go far beyond the Network who first offered her a place to call home. From fight sequences and comedy, to thought-provoking commentary on issues that truly matter and brushing naysayers off without batting an eye, Zendaya has shown everyone why Vogue magazine dubbed her the “It” girl in June 2017. The actress shows maturity far beyond her years and understands what it means to be a black girl in an industry where the odds are almost never in your favor. Time and time again Zendaya has been knocked down, and questioned only to come back stronger and with answers only a woman who truly understands herself and her culture could articulate as eloquently as the 2017 “It” girl Zendaya.
Article by Tess Hanson
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