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How Dancing With The Stars Made Zendaya From Debt Ridden Nobody to Blockbuster Queen

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born in Oakland California on September 1, 1996. Zendaya was previously known for her comic roles on Disney Channel. She later transitioned to serious parts as Rue Bennett in the HBO series Euphoria. Zendaya has won an Emmy award for this role.

Zendaya in a still from Euphoria
Zendaya won an Emmy for role in Euphoria

Zendaya’s transition to fame

In 2016, Zendaya talked about her first audition. She said it was for her school’s production of ”James and the Giant Peach”. She tells W magazine, “I tried out for the lead, but I ended up being cast as the silkworm. I didn’t have any lines, but you know what? I killed it,” she said. “I was a worm, but I was reacting and giving face, and I was the best dang silkworm there ever was.”

Zendaya as MJ and Tom Holland as Spider-Man in "No Way Home."
Zendaya as MJ and Tom Holland as Spider-Man in “No Way Home.”

Zendaya also stated that dancing was her favorite hobby as a kid, As a kid, my main interest was dancing. When I was 8 years old, I was in a hip-hop troupe,”.

Zendaya’s first professional job was as a backup dancer to Selena Gomez in a Sears commercial. She was rising and shining as she did new work for Disney. Zendaya then released her first Debut album in 2013. The same year she competed in Dancing with the stars. Val Chmerkovskiy an  American dancer was her partner. The duo secured the second position. Zendaya then went on to publish the book ”Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence”

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Zendaya became a blockbuster queen

This blockbuster queen then went on to produce a show at Disney. She produced K.C undercover. She was specific about how her character would be on the show.  In 2015 Zendaya explored her music video career. She appeared in Taylor swift’s bad blood music video.

Zendaya as a child and her working at Disney
Actress Zendaya was interested in acting since childhood

Zendaya has called out a magazine for retouching her body. Zendaya posed for Modeliste Magazine. She was not happy when the pictures came out. She wrote on Instagram

”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,”


Zendaya then started experimenting with makeup when she announced that she would be a new face to Covergirl. Zendaya is known for her iconic fashion looks. She started her brand Daya by Zendaya in 2016. Zendaya was cast in Spider man-homecoming, which was her first feature film. She then became Lancome’s brand ambassador. Zendaya has also reprised her role in Spiderman- homecoming. This Disney tv star is a well-established actor now. She has recently been cast ins HBO’s Euphoria as Rue Bennet and has received an Emmy Award.

Zendaya’s net worth is $15 million, reported in 2021. She has many upcoming projects that we are waiting for!

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Written by Samreen Kaur