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Monday night was hallowed for Zendaya.
The 26-year-old American won Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Rue Bennet, a teenage girl recovering from drug addiction while searching for her place in the world on the HBO series euphoria.
“I just want to say that my biggest wish for euphoria was that I could help heal people. I just want to thank everyone who shared their story with me,” Zendaya said in her acceptance speech.
“Anyone who loved Rue or feels like Rue, I want you to know that I am so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me, and I carry them with me.”
Among several thanks, the actress singled out the creator, screenwriter and producer of the series Sam Levinson.
“Thank you Sam for sharing Rue with me. Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself,” she said as she held up the newly received statuette.
The fic, which debuted in 2019, premiered its second season in January of this year. He had 16 nominations for Hollywood’s best awards for the small screen and won six.
Third season of euphoria It has already been confirmed by the US network, although it is currently unknown when it will air.
A fashion icon, singer, and career on the rise, Zendaya also became known for her appearances in three films of the Spider-Man saga: “Back home” (Coming home2017), “Far From Home” (away from home2019) and No Way Home (There is no way home2021).
Thanks to these films, she met the British actor Tom Holland, her current partner.
Here are four facts about Zendaya that you might not have known that we have collected at BBC Mundo.
1. Disney star
Zendaya began her career as a child model for brands such as Macy’s and Old Navy.
After studying acting from a very young age and appearing in some plays, at the age of 13 she was cast by Disney as a co-star in the series In Full Rhythm (shake it), which reached the children’s entertainment conglomerate’s main channel a year later.
The series, in which she plays Rocky Blue, tells about the adventures of two teenagers who are best friends and strive to fulfill their dream of dancing.
“Full Speed” had three seasons. It was also during the series that Zendaya launched her singing career.
2. Important moments in Emmy history
When in 2020, Zendaya won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the first season of euphoria She marked a milestone by becoming the youngest woman to achieve this recognition.
Two years later, the artist won this statuette again, making her the youngest to win it twice.
In turn, she became the first black woman to be honored twice in this category.
He also joined the list of actors who have won an Emmy two or more times for the same character.
3. A given name
Zendaya is not a stage name, but her real name.
Zendaya Coleman is the daughter of Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, a man of African descent, and Claire Stoermer of German and Scottish descent.
The name is a family invention that comes from the word tendai in Shona, a Bantu language native to Zimbabwe. Tendai means “thank you”.
“It started out as Zendaya or something, and my dad is into zetis and zen, really nice and casual, so he helped me call myself Zendaya,” she told the magazine in 2011. Pop star!.
4. Activist from an early age
the main character of euphoria He was concerned throughout his short life to support some social causes.
Thus, at the age of 16, he participated in a humanitarian aid campaign for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Caribbean and the east coast of the United States in 2012.
The following year he published the book Between You and Me: How to Live Twelve with Style and Confidence (“Between You and Me: How to Live Your Tween with Style and Confidence”).
Zendaya decided to write this book to accompany girls on the path to adolescence.
“Tweens can be so fun and exciting, but it can also be a difficult time in a girl’s life,” she said at the time.
“You discover your own personal voice and style. There is a lot of drama in relationships with other girls, parents, siblings, teachers and boys. I hope this book helps girls get through the hardest parts of pre-puberty and helps them appreciate the fun parts.”
When she turned 18, she celebrated with a campaign to collect food for children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines, and by the time she was 20, she decided to raise $50,000 for women’s empowerment.
In January 2017, she participated in a march in Washington for women’s rights, and in June 2020 in a protest march against the killing of George Floyd.
It also supported the campaign Black Lives Matter (Spanish for “black lives matter”).
Concerned about future generations, she is campaigning so that children and teenagers can study STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, for her acronym in English).
She is an activist for real beauty – so much so that she criticized the media when it published a Photoshopped photo of her – and is involved in politics through get-out-the-vote campaigns in the United States.
It was also part of Unicef and Onusida initiatives.
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