- TitleActor and producer
Zendaya doesn’t want to open the door for Black girls in entertainment—she wants to break it down. Since playing the lead in Disney Channel’s Shake It Up at age 13, Zendaya has fought to tell inclusive stories and challenge the idea of what Black girls are supposed to be. Before signing on to star in her second Disney show, K.C. Undercover, 18-year-old Zendaya presented execs with a list of requirements for the show’s premise and that she be made one of its producers. The rising fashion icon launched the first direct-to-consumer fashion line created by a celebrity, Daya by Zendaya, in 2016. The complete collection was both gender neutral and size inclusive, ranging from sizes 0 to 22. In 2019 she collaborated with and inspired Tommy Hilfiger to feature plus-size models for the first time in a show that featured all Black models at Paris Fashion Week, while also becoming the youngest brand ambassador for Lancôme. Next year she will return as MJ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third Spider-Man film alongside Tom Holland, and she will return as Rue in HBO’s Emmy-nominated teen drama, Euphoria.