As a child star turned leading lady, Zendaya made history as the youngest winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for playing Rue on "Euphoria."
The transition from child star to adult success is often a tricky one, but Zendaya makes it look easy with her grownup glow up. After a successful string of blockbuster films with "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "The Greatest Showman," "Smallfoot" and "Spider-Man Far From Home," she shocked the world as Rue on "Euphoria." Last year, she became the youngest in history to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for the HBO series (and joining Viola Davis as the only other Black woman to win the category). Zendaya's portrayal of a teenager struggling with addiction, mental health and grief is as brilliant as it is haunting and heartbreaking. When production of the show's second season halted due to COVID-19, Zendaya teamed up with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to star opposite John David Washington in Netflix's "Malcolm & Marie." She turned the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic into a chance to grow as both an artist and an industry leader. She fought for equity behind the camera as a first-time producer, ensuring that the entire crew received a portion of the proceeds from the film. Whether Zendaya tackles fashion, beauty, film, music, or television, the multitalented and multi-hyphenated Oakland native is determined to break barriers. "It makes me mad," she told Allure. "I don't like the idea that you have to box yourself in or stay in one lane. Why wouldn't I want to try to make the most of my talents and my gifts while I can?"