Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zendaya on the September 2018 Cover of Marie Claire Magazine

For their September 2018 cover, Marie Claire tapped Zendaya. On the cover which was shot by Thomas Whiteside, Zendaya is wearing MAX MARA FALL 2018 and CHANEL earrings. For her feature, Zendaya is interviewed by Janet Mock where she talks visibility of black women, what motives her success, inspiring others, her days off and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see images form her fashion spread. For more on Zendaya's feature, visit MarieClaire.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on August 21st. 

Miu Miu top, skirt, scarf, coat, and necklace; Chrome Hearts earring and safety pin.

On using her platform:
As a black woman, as a light-skinned black woman, it’s important that I’m using my privilege, my platform, to show you how much beauty there is in the African-American community. I am Hollywood’s, I guess you could say, acceptable version of a black girl, and that needs to change. We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to be the only representation of that. What I’m saying—it’s about creating those opportunities. Sometimes you have to create those paths. And that’s with anything: Hollywood, art, whatever.

On the priorities for her career:
 Right now, acting has been a great outlet. It’s definitely been a process, especially because I’m coming from this very different world of Disney. Having been consistently on a television show, I felt stagnant. Not having that anymore, I am being seen as a real actress, doing what makes me feel pushed and motivated. I don’t necessarily think comfort is always the best place to live in. I’m kind of excited as I decide what projects I want to take on or if I want to produce. I’ve really found the power in just doing what makes me happy.

On processing the challenges & difficulties of her career and life:
The one thing I struggle with is I sometimes get so afraid to make a mistake. Like, I want to be perfect, I want to make all the right decisions, and when I don’t, it stresses me out. But I can’t allow myself to be scared of not always doing the right thing. I will make mistakes in my career, but I can try my best to make the best decisions that I can and learn from my mistakes. Like, “I’m about to kill it on this next go-round because now I know better.

On what a day off is like for her:
A day off is doing absolutely nothing. I don’t want to leave the house. I’m just lying down. I’m chilling. I have a pool. Everybody can come over, but I’m not going anywhere.

Versace cardigan, top, skirt, ring, and bag; Jennifer Fisher earrings.

Versace cardigan; Jennifer Fisher earrings.

Credit: Maire Claire magazine

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