At some point in their childhood, most girls have probably dreamt of looking like a Barbie – but what about having a Barbie doll designed after them? Well, Zendaya has that second one come true for her, however, the circumstances could have been more pleasant.
Mattel launched a Zendaya-based Barbie after a nasty joke Giuliana Rancic had made about Zendaya’s dreadlocks. We’re definitely not going to repeat that remark, but we’re happy with the outcome.
A Mix of Ethnicities
Born and raised in the United States, Zendaya might be 100% American, but she comes from a rather diverse ethnic background. Her father Kazembe is black, and her mother Claire is of German and Scottish descent.
Now we know to whom the singer-actress owes her unique beauty. With such a special set of genes, the outcome was bound to be outstanding.
Zendaya has plenty of different titles, and in 2014, "Judge" became one of them! Well, okay, not an actual court judge; but one no less important. Zendaya took part as a guest judge in one of the episodes of the reality competition "Project Runway: Under the Gunn", where the contestants had to design an outfit for one of her concerts.
In 2016, Zendaya reinforced her judging capabilities when she was a guest judge once more, this time in the season's finale of the original Project Runway's 15th season. We plead guilty to loving it!
Having started her career as a child actress, Zendaya was one of those stars who grew up in the limelight. And even though we really liked her Disney characters, we absolutely LOVED her more mature characters. Zendaya's film debut, which pretty much marked her transition to grownup acting gigs, was in "Spider-Man: Homecoming", where she played the iconic MJ.
This part was soon followed by her roles in the movie "The Greatest Showman" and in the controversial HBO teen drama "Euphoria". The conclusion: just like wine, Zendaya gets better with age.
A Voice Actress, Too
Zendaya's voice precedes her, and not only in music – in voiceover, too. The singer-actress has dabbled with voice acting more than once, in films like Warner Bros' "Smallfoot" where she voiced the yeti Meechee; and in the 2021 film "Space Jam: A New Legacy", where she lent her voice to the beloved character of Lola Bunny.
Singing, voicing, we don't care – Zendaya's voice is lovely in any configuration.