Zendaya blew us away when she starred in The Greatest Showman last year. It was pretty clear that she was no longer a little kid anymore. She's no longer the girl that we saw in the Disney TV shows and she's grown into an accomplished and beautiful woman. She also starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming last year and has another upcoming Spiderman movie that is set to release in 2019. She started her career in a big way when she was in Disney’s Shake It Up. It’s clear when you see cover photos and Instagram posts that this girl is not a child anymore.
Like most Disney stars like Miley Cyrus and Bella Thorne, it becomes important to remove themselves from the Disney image so that they can be adults in Hollywood. Not all child stars make it in Hollywood, so many Disney stars do what they can to be seen as adults in the industry so that they can be taken seriously. For Zendaya she is taking a classier route than some of her other Disney friends.
After her performance in The Greatest Showman, it was clear that not only does she have serious talent, but she’s likely to go far in Hollywood. We look forward to seeing what she’s going to come out with next. One thing is for sure she’s trying to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Check out these 20 photos of Zendaya that prove she’s not a Disney kid anymore.
20 That Time She Threw Shade At Blake Lively
It’s hard to believe that it’s even Zendaya sitting in the front row of the Michael Kors fashion show with all the makeup that she’s wearing. She certainly doesn’t look like she’s only 21 years old. But that’s all part of her image change. She got herself in the hot seat during the show. If you saw the video that was posted where Blake Lively and Emily Blunt are dying of laughter where it appears as if Zendaya is giving them a dirty look, then you know why she got in trouble. Her own fans started calling her out for it. She made sure to Tweet right away that she wasn’t throwing any shade.
“I was looking at the runway. Y’all messy that’s all lmao.”
We’re not sure though, she really did look like she thought Blake and Emily were acting immature.
19 Zendaya Enjoys The Sun
She is a gorgeous girl and it seems like she gets even more beautiful as she gets older. But she doesn’t like the idea of changing herself, especially when it comes to her hair.
Everything about Zendaya is completely natural and up until recently, she has never dyed her hair.
Regardless of the fact that she’s been acting for a long time, Zendaya never wanted to dye her hair. She likes to keep things natural. She obviously doesn’t mind makeup though because we have seen her wearing a lot of it lately. “I love playing with makeup. Makeup has become a thing where it's an art form. It's not a thing where you use it because you need to feel beautiful or because you don't like the way you look.”
18 She's An Amazonian Goddess
She has moved from being a child actor quite easily to being an adult actor. She has been doing quite well and judging by her performance 2018 looks to be an exciting year for her. She sure looks grown up in this photo, though, there was little doubt after seeing her performance in The Greatest Showman. We loved the romance that went on between her character and Zac Efron’s. It was steamy and the emotions between the two actors were extraordinary. She looks amazing with this red carpet style showing off an Amazon hairstyle that is anything short of breathtaking. She attended Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre looking amazing. It’s obviously an event that works well with her beliefs. “Let's practise motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”
17 She Started Dating
It’s rumored that Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating now. The two, of course, met on the set of Spider-man: Homecoming and it looks like they started a romance offscreen as well. Although the two haven’t talked about it, a source told PEOPLE that they are in fact dating.
“They started seeing each other when they were filming Spider-Man. They’ve been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye.”
Like many young couples, they don’t like talking about their relationship which we have to admit is a good idea. It’s not her first love, however, she has already had a boyfriend whom she dated for four years. She said it ended badly. "You know you’re okay in a breakup when your first thought is not 'What did I do wrong,' but 'That was the dumbest decision of your life, and you’re going to regret it forever.'"
16 She Looks Wise Beyond Her Years
This beautiful Instagram photo shows Zendaya in a very different light. Her eyes seem so wise like she’s been around for a lot longer than she has. Zendaya returned to the Disney channel last year for the TV show K.C. Undercover. She fought to be a producer on the show because she wanted the title. "A lot of people don’t realize their power.” She said that she told Disney she would not return unless she were a producer of the show.
"I have so many friends who say 'yes' to everything or feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in a situation. No. You have the power."
It’s pretty impressive for someone her age, but it’s nice to see young females taking action in Hollywood to get what they want.
15 Posting Photos On Snapchat
This was a very sexy photo that she posted on Snapchat and it’s pretty clear that the Disney star has moved on to adulthood. She is one young actress that knows her power in Hollywood as a woman and an actress. She knows that she can make a difference if she really wants to. It’s obvious that Zendaya is a confident woman and that will get her further than she may realize.
“It's important to raise your voice in things you feel passionate about and things that you know about. Don't raise your voice just to raise your voice if you have nothing behind it and don't know what you're talking about.”
We think that she has a point especially when it comes to social media. There are far too many people making a stink over nothing.
14 The Cover That Started A Controversy
We have to say that this is a heck of a photo, but it’s also one that you wouldn’t expect to see such a young actress in. When this Wonderland issue came out, many people thought that it looked like Zendaya was touching herself. Zendaya couldn’t even disagree with what people were saying because let’s be honest, it looks exactly like that. It wasn’t meant to look like that Zendaya assured everyone, it was a completely unintentional pose. Zendaya laughed the whole thing off though stating, “I see what y'all saying by the hand placement lmao but that was not intentional." We’re not sure why the magazine itself would have used such a picture, but maybe it really was supposed to be completely innocent and unintentional.
13 She Loves Being A CoverGirl
This might be why she is always wearing a lot of makeup lately. She’s one of the ambassadors for CoverGirl, so she probably gets a lot of free makeup. It’s definitely a grown-up look for her and we have to say that she’s naturally beautiful and doesn’t need the makeup. When it comes to Zendaya, she says the definition of being “pretty” is something that always changes.
“Pretty is so boring now. There are so many different definitions of 'pretty.' It's so much broader than before. The old pretty is boring — nobody cares anymore.”
It’s true and these days, we think that being pretty is a broader term than it once was. It’s probably a good thing that the term is broader because it includes more women.
12 She’s Turned Into a Glamorous Woman
Makeup or not, this girl is beautiful. She looks so much older in this photo, but we have to admit that she is one gorgeous girl. Whether she is taking a casual Snap or getting ready for a red carpet event, she comes off as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She has a strong belief system when it comes to the empowerment of women.
“A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It's equality, it's fairness, and I think it's a great thing to be a part of.”
It seems like Hollywood is finally starting to listen to the women in the biz and paying them equal salary.
11 She Learned To Channel Cindy Crawford
In this photo shoot for Galore magazine, Zendaya channels the supermodel Cindy Crawford and produces pictures that are badass and breathtaking. The photo shoot was all about showcasing '80s glamour. She wore biker jackets and oversized denim as well as Chanel jewelry. She had big hair like Cindy Crawford and they even gave Zendaya her signature mole. During her interview, she showed the world just how wise she really is. "My parents always taught me that there is knowledge in your voice," she explains, speaking about the infamous Giuliana Rancic comments on her hair at the 2015 Oscars red carpet.
"I think the way we react to things is a big indicator of our character and what type of person we are.
I just had too much respect for myself and didn't want to prove everybody right that's waiting for me to be ignorant and do something dumb, so I took my time until I thought of the best way I could address the comments."
10 She Has Launched A Line
She has worked with Boohoo to launch a line that she is more than happy to help promote. “This time around, it's Zendaya, who's collaborated with Boohoo to create a lust-worthy edit of suits and separates in retro silhouettes offset by sporty accents.," a source told The Sun. She doesn’t design the clothes, but she has had some say in them. This photo is a picture of the line and she is certainly making those clothes look good. People have asked her where her unique fashion sense comes from, but she says she doesn’t have one.
"I think the best thing about my personal style is I just don't have one."
She is definitely someone to follow if you want some style ideas because she is very fashionable.
9 She Never Tries To Be Any Different
When it comes to portraying herself in the media, she tries to be exactly who she is. She doesn’t believe in having a fake persona for the media. She believes that you should always be yourself no matter what.
"When people catch you not being the version of yourself you tried to portray, then people are like, 'Who is this person?' and I think that’s bad. I’d rather just be Zendaya the whole time and have no problems."
She is definitely an intelligent woman and knows how to work her way through Hollywood. She couldn’t be more right; many celebrities have been proven to have other sides to them that we never thought were possible. Not everyone is as they seem and Zendaya has no intention of making that mistake. We are loving this girl even more now.
8 A Hollywood Bombshell
We love these '80s glamour photos and she looks like an absolute fox in them. She has proven to be a strong woman in the industry. She has stated that her family expects her to be there for other people if they need her; to never stand aside and watch as someone gets hurt. It’s certainly admirable.
“My parents got me in trouble when I was in school because someone was getting bullied, and I didn't do anything about it. I just watched it happen and then came to the school, and I got cussed out for not helping and not being a part of it.”
It’s kind of funny, but it’s also nice to see parents who want their children to be out there helping others.
7 Zendaya Is Looking Chic On Instagram
This is a great photo of the actress because it shows her polished and looking chic. Between her hair, makeup, and fashion, she seems to be on point with all of them. She is working hard to make changes in the world and part of that is by being a U.N. AIDS ambassador. She has made it clear in media that "it's cool to get tested." She has stated that HIV cases have started to rise again in the United States, something that hasn’t been seen since 1993. She is such a young girl and yet, she is determined to do what she can for the world. She is both an activist and actress doing things that even Angelina Jolie didn’t do until she was much older. She is likely to make big changes wherever she can.
6 Her Messy Style Bring Out Her Foxy Side
With this steamy look, it’s definitely easy to forget that she was ever a Disney star. We love her messy style and it seems like every picture on her Instagram is gorgeous. She really does have a close relationship with her parents. We have seen how her parents have shaped her decisions over the years as well. Her parents are always around and they look out for her which is refreshing to see in Hollywood. They aren’t the kind of parents that will just trust a manager to care for their child.
Even after their divorce, Zendaya supported them and defended them stating on social media that they were “still homies.”
It just goes to show how grown up she is for her age because most young girls would just be freaking out.
5 She Has Taylor Swift In Her Corner
She has a lot of cool friends in the industry and it’s obvious that she has people looking out for her. Her family and friends are there to see her through the minefields of Hollywood. It doesn’t matter who you are in the industry, if Taylor Swift has your back, then you can consider yourself to be one cool chick. She had the opportunity to be part of Swift’s Bad Blood video looking like a badass. She had her whole squad in the video and when you’re part of that squad, then you always have backup. Being a feminist, Zendaya saw it as a great way of sending out a feminist message as well, so she went for it. The video was a great collaboration of women empowering one another.
4 She Wants to Show Off Her Real Body
When she saw the photos from a photo shoot with Modeliste Magazine, she was shocked to find that they drastically edited the photos. They had shaved off her hips to give her a skinnier figure. What is shocking is that she looked incredible in the original photos, so it was disappointing that the magazine felt the need to make her look skinnier. Apparently, there is still an issue in Hollywood when it comes to being skinny. Zendaya made a post on Instagram about the issue.
“Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19-year-old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.
Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self-love. So, I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it. Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”
3 She Never Worries About Boys
It’s still up in the air whether she and Tom Holland are going to really come out as a couple, but one thing is for sure, the actress has stated that she has no time for silly boys. She is a career-focused young woman and she completely has her head on straight when it comes to love. She has her whole life ahead of her to worry about falling in love. She doesn’t need to do what other young women are doing as they obsess over a guy.
She once spoke to Complex magazine about her love life and she made it clear she has no time for a boyfriend.
She stated that her “schedule is kind of nuts" and she "doesn't have the time to go out and get to know somebody."
2 She Is A Great Dancer
We love a good dancer and Zendaya is definitely someone who can shake her booty. She had a good start on Disney’s Shake It Up where she played a backup singer. She was also on Dancing With the Stars a few years back and she placed second. Not surprising since she had some serious moves. As if that wasn’t enough she and Spiderman co-star Tom Holland did a Typo Dance Challenge that viral.
“We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing.
“I’m a little worried [about dealing with fame, but] Zendaya is super famous and she’s been through this and I just call her up and say, ‘How do I manage being famous?’ I’m very glad I have a friend like her," Holland said of his costar.
1 She Is A Big Believer In Self-Love
She doesn’t like hate in any form and is a big believer in loving one’s self. She is a girl that you can always find inspiration from if you are feeling down about yourself. Zendaya has no problem shutting down haters when it comes to rude comments because she believes that everyone should show extreme self-love. She is a cool girl who never tries to be hurtful to anyone. She won’t let haters or comments on social media get her down. She loves the world and wants to see changes in how people treat each other. Zendaya holds herself responsible for her own happiness and she tries to set the example for others. Many people could learn a lot from her and it’s always shocking to see such wise words coming from a girl so young.