The millennial generation is not lacking in talent. Zendaya Coleman, who goes by her first name, is a shining example of black girl magic and she just turned 21.
Going to bed…in the morning I'll be 21✨
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) September 1, 2017
Born September 1st, 1996, Zendaya is a young talent with a bright future. Since she stepped onto the scene, Zendaya has not slowed down a bit. From the silver screen on Disney’s “Shake It Up” to the big screen in box office hits such as Spider-Man, Zendaya has proven herself as a multi-talented star with a voice that will be heard.
Zendaya is not only an actress, singer, designer and dancer, but she’s also simply a good human being, who uses her celebrity to spread positivity and inspiration to the many that follow her. Sure, she’s a 21-year old enjoying her life, but she never misses an opportunity to share messages of love and happiness. That’s something that can’t go unnoticed.
So with that being said, we’d like to celebrate Zendaya’s 21st birthday with 5 (of many) inspirational moments from the young star.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Using her 21st birthday as a way to once again help society, Zendaya partners with Convoy of Hope to raise funds for the communities effected by Hurricane Harvey. The funds will be used to support families and provide to them emergency supplies during their time of need. Zendaya reminds her followers and fans that no donation is too big or too small. Zendaya’s efforts are supported by her peers. Star of “Dear White People” Logan Browning tweets her support for Zendaya’s selfless birthday campaign.
— Logan Browning (@LoganLaurice) August 31, 2017
2017 Teen Choice Awards Speech
Zendaya accepted the award for “Choice Movie Actress” and used the opportunity to remind the young audience that they hold the power to change the world. She speaks powerfully, encouraging all young people to get educated, stay educated and to take life seriously.
Zendaya's got a message for young people. pic.twitter.com/IRDOKYMN75
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 15, 2017
Fundraising for Orphans in South Africa
Alright y'all, so I have this birthday wish I really need help making come true…while in South Africa with @unaids I met this family. A family where a young man, only a couple years older than me, cares for his two little brothers by himself since their parents have died from AIDS. I visited where they lived, literally a metal storage container, and heard them speak of the troubles they face like simply getting food. It broke my heart. My family found power bars in our backpacks for the kids and gave them whatever we had on us so they could at least buy some new clothes, but leaving them…I knew that was certainly not enough. I don't think anyone should have to live this way especially not children. It weighed very heavy on my mind and soul when I got back home. Of course there's a lot of poverty, and I wish I could help everyone..but I want to start with this extremely deserving family. Please help me by going to my crowdrise page and donating whatever you can (even a dollar is appreciated, or even just a tweet) the link is in my bio and if you've taken the time to read this, I thank you and sure hope you'll help me help this family.
For her 19th birthday in 2015, Zendaya lead a campaign to raise money for orphans in South Africa who are effected by AIDS. After a trip to the country visiting families who are effected by HIV and AIDS, Zendaya was most inspired by a family of brothers. The three brothers lost both parents to the virus. Zendaya’s campaign raised funds for them to be moved to a safe home. She was able to raise over $40,000 and provide the boys with better living conditions.
Shutting Down Prejudice Remarks with Style and Grace
Zendaya attended the 2015 Oscars wearing a gorgeous gown and faux locs. Her look was discussed on E!’s show Fashion Police and instead of praise, Zendaya was met with prejudicial comments from panel member Giuiliana Rancic. Rancic, who has apologized for her harmful words made claims that Zendaya smelled of patchouli oil or weed. Zendaya although young did not hesitate to “clap back” with a graceful reminder that black girls with natural hair do not deserve to be judged and profiled.
Standing Up Against Body Shaming
Internet trolls can be hurtful and Zendaya makes sure to put them in their place. On one occasion, a young woman was body shamed and Zendaya did not only uplift her beauty, she offered her a modeling contract. Zendaya used this opportunity to remind the world that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
As she matures and continues into adulthood, Zendaya is on track to become a powerful voice in Hollywood for generations to come. Her inspirational words, standout style and desire to be impactful have created unforgettable moments of the young starlet’s blossoming career. Best part? She’s just getting started!
Happy 21st birthday Zendaya!