Zendayajust snagged her first evercover and the success story she shares about snagging her Disney job is about as beautiful as the cover photo itself.
In the cover story, Zendaya talks about her journey to major stardom, and how she graduated from a co-star on the now cancelled show,Shake It Up, to a complete boss girl business mogul.
She told the magazine about holdingno punches when it came to telling Disney exactly how she planned to do business, saying,
I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel andI was like, The title is whack. Thats gonna change.
Zendayaalso had bigger plansthan just playing theshows star character, K. C. Cooper. Instead, she requested that she be made producer of the show and that theseries center around an African-American family.
Zendaya Also Asked For There To Be No Cheesy Stereotypes For Her Female Character.
The actress recalled,
I wanted to make sure that she wasnt good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasnt artistically inclined. I didnt want them to all of a sudden be like, Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode! No. She cant dance; she cant sing. She cant do that stuff. There are other things that a girl can be.
I want her to be martial artstrained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.
Her commitment to an all-inclusive show takes socialized gender norms out of the equationobviously went over with the network; the show is now in its second season.
Zendaya Is An Example Of What It Means For A Woman To Know Her Power And Use It
In a world where womenroutinely experiencesexism on the job in areas like pay, harassment, and promotions, Zendayas reasonably firm stance with Disney isthe Hollywood example of how prosperous women can be when theydecide their own worth and operate in it as opposed to letting others decide it for them.
This is especially a point of inspiration for women of color, whosit at the intersection of discrimination due toholding two marginalized identities.
The real feminist lesson here: Dont let fear prevent you fromasking for you want in life, according to what you know you bring to the table.
Because of Zendayasbravery and business savvy, little girls of color who dont get nearly as much representation on mainstream television can watch , and not only enjoy a characterthey seem themselves in, but also see a teenager who has talents outside of those traditionally ascribed to women.
Kudos to Zendaya for using her power to secure her coinsdiversify the images in television and film.