Why Zendaya Is Set to Become Hollywood’s Next Great Style Icon

There are certain actresses who eventually become as celebrated for their style as they are their acting—think Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore. Soon enough, there will be a new face among their ranks: Zendaya. Since landing her breakout role on Disney Channel’s Gotta Shake It Up in 2009, Zendaya has proven herself a major triple threat as an actress, singer, and dancer. Her mastery extends to the red carpet, as well, where with the aid of stylist Law Roach, she shows off countless daring looks at every turn. Zendaya is truly a fashion chameleon, effortlessly transforming from a romantic, fairy-tale princess look to an edgy, menswear-inspired tuxedo with equal aplomb. Among her most memorable ensembles: a voluminous high-low Fausto Puglisi dress at the 2015 Met Gala, a goddess-like Vivienne Westwood gown paired with flowing dreadlocks at the 2015 Academy Awards, a perfectly summer-y Jonathan Simkhai frock to kick off the promo tour for Spiderman: Homecoming, and, most recently, Ashish men’s pajamas at the Teen Choice Awards. Here, a look at some of the budding style icon’s best looks in honor of her 21st birthday.


Zendaya Coleman attends the Radio Disney’s “Back to School Drive” at the Boys & Girls Club of L.A. Harbor on August 25, 2012.


Zendaya Coleman arrives for the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards.


Zendaya Coleman arrives at the Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 23, 2013.


Zandaya attends the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013.


Zendaya arrives at the FOX’s 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014.


Zendaya attends the BET AWARDS ’14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014.


Zendaya attends the 12th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party with Emporio Armani on September 26, 2014.


Zendaya attends the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014.


Zendaya attends the 2014 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 8, 2014.


Zendaya arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014.


Zendaya attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015.


Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015.


Zendaya arrives at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015.


Zendaya attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


Zendaya arrives at Vogue 95th Anniversary Party as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 3, 2015.


Zendaya attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.


Zendaya attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.


Zendaya attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Blended” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California.


endaya attends the Rihanna And The Clara Lionel Foundation 2nd Annual Diamond Ball at The Barker Hanger on December 10, 2015.


Zendaya attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in Hollywood, California, on December 14, 2015.


Zendaya Coleman attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016.


Zendaya arrives at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016.


Zendaya arrives at Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 12, 2016 in Inglewood, California.


Zendaya attends amfAR’s Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles on September 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California.


Zendaya attends “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala.


Zendaya arrives at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016.


Zendaya attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016.


Zendaya attends 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 7, 2016 in New York City.


Zendaya attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017.


Zendaya attends a photocall for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ at the Villa Magna Hotel on June 14, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.


Zendaya attends the CineEurope event on June 18, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.


Zendaya visits at SiriusXM Studios on June 20, 2017 in New York City.


Zendaya arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California.


Zendaya attends the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France.


Zendaya attends the Ralph & Russo Party as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France.


Zendaya in Viktor and Rolf during the Haute Couture Fall 2017 shows in Paris, France, July 2017.


Zendaya in Vivetta at the Variety Power of Young Hollywood dinner in Los Angeles, California, August 2017.


Zendaya in Ashish at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 2017.