The multi-talented quintuple threat (singer, dancer, actor, model, and trapeze artist) known simply as Zendaya recently sat down with New York Times bestselling author and Transgender Activist Janet Mock for the September issue of Marie Claire.
The results were combustible:
Keeping it real, Zendaya spoke about the unique challenges she continues to face in her career, the responsibility she feels as a "real model" to make room for others and making that transition from Disney star to the Zendaya we know and love today.
Zendaya also opened up about being a young black woman in Hollywood and the intense pressure that presents not to mess up:
As well as what she does to help open the minds of Hollywood casting directors:
“I'II always tell my theatrical manager, ‘Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls, send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds.'" My girls are showing out today!!! 🙌🏽❤️ @zendaya https://t.co/sOBrKqqUt9 pic.twitter.com/tF9JErrNkp— Jada Gomez (@JadaGomez) August 6, 2018
Incredible piece. Favorite part was "Anytime it's says looking for white girls, send me out"— A.O. (@FireSage_AO) August 6, 2018
And that's not just to widen the pool of roles for herself, instead Zendaya is aiming for something bigger, as she told Mock:
What is important to me is knowing we are not the only black girls in the industry. We kind of have been painted as the face, and that’s not the truth. It’s important to have a conversation where we are opening the door to our peers and more black women who don’t necessarily look like us.
Fans were all about it:
Love this young woman! She’s talented, smart, beautiful, and has great fashion sense. I hope she succeeds beyond her wildest dreams.— Caryn (@June15again) August 7, 2018
She's so right about the white peers thing , imagine she did all the stuff that Bella Thorne has been doing, the media would go crazy label her off the rails and a bad influence.— Mimi (@Miriamxali) August 7, 2018
AMAZING PIECE👏 Such strong, talented and beautiful women showing love for each other is so BEAUTIFUL to witness at any level (especially knowing how competitive the industry is!) Keep slaying ladies, I look forward to what's next in all of your careers!!!😘😘😘 @chinamcclain— SNL (@snwann) August 6, 2018
In fact, Zendaya demonstrated an example of her support for other black actresses, by name checking another young talented Disney actress, China Anne McClain of Disney Channel's Descendents 2, when Mock noted:
...there only two black girls who have come out of the Disney machine? Is it just you and Raven-Symoné?
Look at what @Zendaya said about @chinamcclain in her interview with @marieclaire. I honestly have so much love for Zendaya because she gives credit where it’s due. And more people need to realize this too!! China Anne McClain is amazingly talented & deserves more recognition. pic.twitter.com/RcU3LJJEA1— K🧚🏽♀️ (@chinaxmcclain) August 6, 2018
Zendaya and McClain even showed a little #GirlLove online, appreciating one another on Twitter:
Fans were all about the September issues of their favorite fashion magazines, including Marie Claire's Zendaya cover story on their list of what one Twitter user rebranded as #BlackGirlMagic Month:
✨The September Issue can now be rebranded as #BlackGirlMagic ✨— Mallory Johns 🇯🇲 (@mmsuperflyjr) August 6, 2018
For your consideration:
✨@Beyonce for @voguemagazine: https://t.co/6BgEDnunqN
✨ @Zendaya for @marieclaire: https://t.co/nLRRBogJUV
✨ @Lupita_Nyongo for @PORTERmagazine: https://t.co/kZQtuwUizF
And Zendaya even showed some love for Mock:
Zendaya's playful side was also on display in a promo video for the Marie Claire piece where she can be seen playing a Pop (the balloon) Quiz: