Interviewing for Glamour magazine, Zendaya revealed that her biggest role model is legendary talk show host and media personality, Oprah Winfrey. Zendaya gushed about Oprah, expressing admiration towards her incredible success against all odds and her ability to achieve pretty much everything she dreams of.
She also mentioned how much she loves Oprah for being down to earth. We second that.
Black Media Representation Is Important to Her
With her background and beliefs, Zendaya does whatever she can to make sure that all shades of colors are represented on TV. That's why when she was cast to star in Disney's "K.C. Undercover", she made it very clear to them that they'd have to get black cast members as her family on the series.
In an interview with Glamour, she spoke about the importance of having more people of color represented in the media. We couldn't agree more.
A Little Controversy Doesn't Scare Her
When Zendaya acted alongside actor John David Washington in the movie "Malcolm & Marie", many people raised an eyebrow due to the major age differences between the two. But Zendaya wasn't too shaken up by the comments!
In an interview with E! News, she said she was aware of the fact that having started young, many people still perceive her as a child; which might make it hard for them to watch her being intimate on-screen with someone significantly older. However, she said, she's all grown up now. That's just how it goes.
Zendaya is so sweet and lovable, it only makes sense for her loved ones to have more than one nickname for her! While her parents sometimes call her "Maree" (her middle name), a lot of her friends refer to her as "Daya."
Occasionally her friends also call her Big Head, which sounds borderline-offensive, but we know she has a good enough sense of humor not to be offended.
A Late Bloomer
Dating life is so hard and Zendaya might be lucky to have started late in life. Well, late-ish: the star's parents had a strict no-dating policy for her until she turned 16.
Many teenagers would have probably been disappointed and frustrated with this policy, but according to Zendaya, it didn't bother her one bit. That's a real sign of maturity, don't you think?