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Zendaya at the 16th Annual Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy Event, February 8, 2013
BornZendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman[1]
(1996-09-01) September 1, 1996 (age 18)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma materOakland School for the Arts
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, model
Musical career
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
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Zendaya 2013 (cropped).jpg
Zendaya at the 16th Annual Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy Event, February 8, 2013
BornZendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman[1]
(1996-09-01) September 1, 1996 (age 18)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma materOakland School for the Arts
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, model
Musical career
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996), known simply as Zendaya, is an American actress, singer and dancer. She began performing at an early age with the dance group Future Shock Oakland, the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, and as part of her studies at the Oakland School for the Arts and Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory Program. While she was in her early teens, she embarked on her entertainment career, graduating from modeling work for Macy's and Old Navy to appearing in the video for Kidz Bop's version of Katy Perry's hit single, "Hot n Cold".

Late in 2009, she auditioned for the Disney Channel series eventually known as Shake It Up, landing the role of Rocky Blue. Several of the songs she performed on the show were released as singles, including 2011's "Watch Me," a duet with her co-star Bella Thorne that charted at number 86 on Billboard Hot 100. That year, she also released the promotional single "Swag It Out". Zendaya also parlayed her Shake It Up success into hosting Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011 and a role in the 2012 Disney Channel original movie Frenemies, alongside Bella Thorne. That year, more of Zendaya's songs were featured on the second season of Shake It Up and the soundtrack Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance. After signing a deal with Disney imprint Hollywood Records, she began work on her first solo album.

Early in 2013, Zendaya was cast on the sixteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, becoming the show's youngest contestant at 16 and placing runner-up. That July, Shake It Up had concluded, and in the following months, the book Between U and Me, and her debut album Zendaya arrived. The album's lead single "Replay" was released on July 16, 2013 and was number 40 on Billboard Hot 100 and number 18 in New Zealand and was certified platinum by RIAA on January 30, 2014. Her self-titled debut album was released on September 17, and peaked at 51 on Billboard 200.[3]

Early life

Zendaya was born on September 1, 1996 in Oakland, California to Kazembe Ajamu Coleman and Claire Stoermer. Her father is Black and her mother is White.[4] Zendaya grew as a part of the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda where her mother works as the house manager in addition to training at the theater's student conservatory program. Zendaya has performed in numerous stage productions. Zendaya also helped her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater. While she was attending Oakland School for the Arts she starred as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's TheaterWorks.

She studied her craft at the Cal Shakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Zendaya's official site states that her name derives from the word meaning "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe). She also spent three years dancing with her former dance group called Future Shock Oakland. They danced such dances as Hip Hop and Hula.[5]


2009–13: Shake It Up and Dancing with the Stars

Zendaya at the Variety's Power of Youth Event at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA on Oct 24, 2010.

Zendaya began her professional career working as a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad along with Stefanie Scott.[6] She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15.[6][7] She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of Rocky Blue to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago (later changed to Shake It Up!).[8] For her audition she performed Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone".[9] In 2011, Zendaya released "Swag It Out", a promotional independent single. The song was composed by Bobby Brackins and produced by Glenn A. Foster.[10] She also starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender.[11] In the same year, she released "Watch Me," featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The song peaked at sixty three on the Billboard Hot Digital songs, eighty six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on USA Top Heatseekers.

On June 5, 2011, Shake It Up had a crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie. Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011. Her first movie role was in the 2012 film, Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie.[6][9][12] On February 29, 2012, "Something to Dance For" was released as promotioonal single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack Zendaya also recorded three other songs: "Made In Japan," "Same Heart", and "Fashion Is My Krytonite", released as promotional single. In September 2, 2012 she signed to Hollywood Records.[13] On October 21 that year, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit.[14]

2013–present: Zendaya and K.C. Undercover

Zendaya at the premiere of Disney Channel's "Let It Shine" in 2012

In March 2013, Zendaya became a contestant on the sixteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.[15] She beat out Shawn Johnson as the youngest contestant ever to be on the show. Her professional partner was Val Chmerkovskiy. Despite receiving praise from the judges and gaining the highest scores throughout the season, she placed runner-up on the final night, losing out to eventual winner Kellie Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough.[16][17][18] Her debut single, "Replay" was released as the albums lead single on on July 16, 2013. The song debuted at number seventy-seven and reached peak of forty on Billboard Hot 100, making Replay her first Top Forty and was certified platinum by RIAA.[19] The song also made appearances on the New Zealand chart and Canadian charts chart, peaking at number eighteen and eighty three respectively. Zendaya's self-titled debut album was released on September 17, 2013 by Hollywood Records[20] and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 51, selling around 7,458 copies in its first week.[21][22]

Also in that year, Zendaya filmed a movie titled Zapped, which was released in the summer of 2014. In early 2014, Zendaya shot a pilot for the Disney special K.C. Undercover.[23][24] Zendaya will also co-produce "Super Awesome Katy" which is the working title. Zendaya released two promotional videos for the song "My Baby", the album version on January 28, 2014, and the remix version, featured Ty Dolla Sign", on February 15, 2014.[25] In May 2014, it was reported Zendaya had been cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel Original Series K.C. Undercover and will begin production in the summer for an early 2015 release. On June 16, 2014, it was announced that Zendaya will play Aaliyah in a new Lifetime TV biopic movie titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the biopic was to be shot in Toronto in summer 2014 with a premiere date on Lifetime of fall 2014.[26][27] A few weeks later, it was announced that she dropped out of the movie and the project was put on hold.[28]

Other ventures

In September 2012, Zendaya was featured along with rapper Lil Wayne and NBA player Lebron James in a performance of "Scream and Shout" by will.i.am & Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color.[29] In August 6, 2013 Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.[30] She told about the book: "I actually signed this book deal over a year ago…I worked on the book all summer and fall".[31] In 2013 Zendaya started work on a clothing line, inspired on her clothes on Shake It Up, the Shake It Up Dance Clothing Line by Zendaya. The collection features fun clothes for active girls, legwarmers, shorts, jackets, headbands and athletic apparel and accessories.[32][33]

Influences and voice

Cquote1.pngI'm kind of creating my own music and I'm kind of creating my own zone, my own lane as an artist. I want to do rhythmic pop, it's not necessarily your average pop song. It has some kind of urban edge, some kind of more hip-hop-ish tones to it that kind of edge it up and do something a little different so it's not just your stereotypical pop music.Cquote2.png
—Zendaya talking about her self-titled album's musical style.[34]

Zendaya's self-titled debut album musically experiment with pop and R&B genres, as well as touching upon Electropop. The albums lyrical content tackles issues of love and heartbreak.[34] After streaming the album to radio presenter Ryan Seacrest, he commented on the albums music calling is a "pop/R&B hybrid offering for the most part", he continued to comment saying the album contained "urban cuts"[35]

Zendaya has cited Michael Jackson, Aaliyah[36] and Beyoncé Knowles as her biggest musical influences.[37] An interview to Jon Ali, she commented: "I love Beyoncé, I think she is one of the best performers out there. She works her butt off and always delivers with everything that she does. It’s a beautiful thing".[38] Other musical influences include Rihanna[39] and Bridgit Mendler.[40] Zendaya also has cited some rappers and hip hop artists as ASAP Rocky, Big Sean,[41] Jay-Z, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.[42]

Her voice has been compared to Rihanna,[43] Cassie and JoJo.[44]

Personal life

Zendaya spent three years of dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip hop and hula dances when she was eight.[45] As of November 2010, Zendaya lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.[6]


Zendaya at the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Wrap Party in 2011.
2011Pixie Hollow GamesFernVoice
2012FrenemiesHalley BrandonTelevision film
2013Super BuddiesLollipopVoice
2014ZappedZoey StevensTelevision film
2010–13Shake It UpRocky BlueLead role
2011Good Luck CharlieRocky Blue"Charlie Shakes It Up" (Season 2, episode 13)
2011PrankStarsHerself"Walk the Prank" (Season 1, episode 3)
2012A.N.T. FarmSequoia Jones"Creative consultANT" (Season 2, episode 1)
2013Dancing with the StarsHerself / ContestantSeason 16
2013America's Next Top ModelHerself"The Girl Who Gets Punked" (Season 20, episode 11)
2014Under the GunnHerself"Hit the Stage" (Season 1, episode 5)
2015K.C. UndercoverKatrina Charlotte "K.C." CooperLead role


Main article: Zendaya discography


Awards and nominations

2011Young Artist AwardOutstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Shake It UpNominated[46]
Teen Icon AwardsIconic Triple Threat (Acting, Singing, and Dancing)Herself[47]
2012Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young ActressShake It Up[48]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
J-14 Teen Icon AwardsIconic TV Actress[49]
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special[50]
2013Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young ActressFrenemies[51]
Radio Disney Music AwardsBest Music Video"Fashion Is My Kryptonite"
Teen Icon AwardsIconic BookBetween U and Me[52]
2014NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children's Program - (Series or Special)"Shake It Up"[53]
Outstanding New ArtistHerself
Radio Disney Music AwardsThe Buzz – Breakout Artist of the YearHerself[54]
You’ve Got Swag! – Artist With The Best Style (Sponsored by Justice)HerselfWon
World Music AwardsWorld's Best Song"Replay"Nominated[55]
World's Best Video
World's Best Female ArtistHerself
World's Best Live Act
World's Best Entertainer Of The Year
BET AwardsYoungStar AwardHerself[56]
We Love Pop AwardsMost Stylish[57]


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