Zendaya Coleman began her career appearing as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013). In 2013, Zendaya was a contestant on the sixteenth season of the competition series Dancing with the Stars. From 2015 to 2018, she produced and starred as K.C. Cooper on the Disney Channel sitcom K.C. Undercover. She made her film breakthrough in 2017, starring as Michelle “MJ” Jones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming and as Anne Wheeler in the musical drama film The Greatest Showman.
Zendaya began her career in music by recording songs independently and releasing the singles “Swag It Out” and “Watch Me” in 2011, the latter a collaboration with Bella Thorne. She signed with Hollywood Records in 2012 and later released her debut single, “Replay”, which reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Zendaya’s self-titled debut studio album (2013) debuted at number 51 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Born Name Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
Nick Name Daya, Z, Zen, Boo, Rocky
Occupation Singer, actress, dancer
Years active 2009–present
Born: September 01, 1996, 22 years and 2 months, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements: 34-25-34 in or 87-63.5-87 cm
Bra size 32 B
Manager Her father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman is her manager.
Genre Pop, R&B
Instruments Vocals, piano
Label Hollywood, Republic Records
As a part of her education, she has attended Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, California.
Father – Kazembe Ajamu Coleman
Mother – Claire Stoermer (Worked as house manager at California Shakespeare Theater)
Siblings – Zendaya has 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
She has African American ancestry on her father’s side and Caucasian American ancestry on her mother’s side.
Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, the only child of Claire Marie (Stoermer) and Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman). She has five older half-siblings on her father’s side. Her father is African-American, with roots in Arkansas, while her mother has German and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya has stated that her name means “to give thanks” in Shona, a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. She grew as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California where her mother works as the house manager in addition to training at the theater’s student conservatory program. She appeared in numerous stage productions while she was attending Oakland School for the Arts, starring 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.
Zendaya spent three years dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip-hop and hula dances when she was eight.
She studied at the CalShakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.
2009–14: Shake It Up and Zendaya
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. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial, featuring Disney’s Actress Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song “Hot n Cold”, which was released on Kidz Bop 15. She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of CeCe Jones to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago, later changed to Shake It Up!, but was selected as Rocky Blue instead. For her audition, she performed Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone”. Shake It Up premiered on November 7, 2010, and it was watched by 6.2 million viewers, becoming Disney Channel’s second highest-rated premiere in Disney Channel’s 27-year history. In 2011 Zendaya released “Swag It Out”, a promotional independent single. The song was composed by Bobby Brackins and produced by Glenn A. Foster. She also starred in the book trailer for “From Bad To Cursed” by Katie Alender. In the same year, she released “Watch Me,” featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The song peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second season of Shake It Up was announced on March 16, 2011, and premiered on September 18, 2011. 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. On February 29, 2012, “Something to Dance For” was released as promotional single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack, Zendaya also recorded three other songs: “Made In Japan,” “Same Heart”, and “Fashion In Krytonite”, released as promotional single. On September 2, 2012, she signed to Hollywood Records. In October, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit. In February 2013, Zendaya was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. At age 16, she was the youngest contestant ever to participate on the show, before Willow Shields succeeded her at age 14 on season 20. She was partnered up with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. In May, the couple finished as runners-up behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. Her self-titled debut album was released on September 17, 2013. It was preceded by the hit single “Replay”, released on July 16, 2013. The song was written by Tiffany Fred and Paul “Phamous” Shelton. In June 2013, Coleman wrapped up filming for the music video. On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season.
In November 2013, Zendaya was picked as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC’s Today, where she performed live her single “Replay”.
In 2014, Zendaya was cast as 16-year-old Zoey Stevens, the lead character in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped, whose “smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her”. In late 2013, Zendaya was cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel pilot called Super Awesome Katy. It was ordered to series by Disney Channel in May 2014, with the series now under the title K.C. Undercover, and with Zendaya’s character now named K.C. Cooper rather than Katy Cooper. In 2017, Zendaya stated that she had a large influence over the renaming of her character and the retitling of the series, also deciding several key elements of the character’s personality. K.C. Undercover premiered on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015, and was renewed for a second season in May 2015.
In 2014, Zendaya finalized a joint venture between Hollywood and Republic Records. On March 6, 2015 Timbaland confirmed that he is working with Zendaya on her second album. “Something New”, featuring Chris Brown was released on February 5 via Hollywood Records and Republic Records. The song also marks it as her first official release since signing to Republic Records.
In February 2015, a joke made by Giuliana Rancic concerning Zendaya, in reference to her hair smelling of “patchouli oil” and “weed” at the 87th Academy Awards. Zendaya promptly took to Instagram to address the remark and point out that many successful people have “locs,” a hairstyle that has nothing to do with drugs. Mattel honored Zendaya with her own Barbie, replicating her Oscars look.
2016–present: Focus on feature film acting
In 2016, Zendaya made her feature film debut as Michelle “MJ” Jones in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released in July 2017. The film grossed $117 million in its first weekend, ranking number one at the box office. John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter praised her as a “scene stealer” and David Ehrlich of IndieWire called her the film’s “MVP”, despite her brief on-screen time. In August 2017, Zendaya appeared in the music video for Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars.
Later in December 2017, Zendaya co-starred in the musical film The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson. She portrayed a trapeze artist named Anne Wheeler who falls in love with Efron’s character, Phillip Carlyle, during a time when interracial romance was taboo. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a commercial success and Zendaya’s performance, as well as chemistry with Efron, was particularly praised. Critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in Variety that, “Efron and Zendaya have a terrific chemistry — they never stop seeking each other out.”
Besides an upcoming voice role in Smallfoot, Zendaya has signed on to star in and produce A White Lie, as Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned, African-American woman who was the descendant of slaves and passed as white so she could attend Vassar during the 1890s. She will also appear alongside Ansel Elgort and Jake Gyllenhaal in the crime thriller Finest Kind and will reprise her role of Michelle in Spider-Man: Far From Home, set to be released in 2019. In June 2018, it was announced that Zendaya is attached to star in the upcoming HBO drama pilot Euphoria, an adaptation of the Israeli series of the same name. She will play Rue, a lying, drug-addicted 17-year-old girl and the series’ narrator.
Other ventures – Endorsement
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 and Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color. Zendaya is the face of “X-Out”, Madonna’s clothing line “Material Girl”, CoverGirl, and Chi Hair Care.
Zendaya is an ambassador for Convoy of Hope. Zendaya recorded John Legend’s “All of Me” with a portion of the proceeds going to the organization. She also celebrated her 18th birthday with a campaign to help feed at least 150 hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines through feedONE. Zendaya celebrated her 20th birthday with a campaign to raise $50,000 to support Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative.
In August 6, 2013, Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.
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. Summer 2015 with Carmex, Zendaya announced that she would be launching her own clothing line called Daya by Zendaya, which was launch in Fall of 2016. Her Shoe Collection Sole of Daya soon followed.
In 2014, Zendaya was a guest judge on an episode of Project Runway: Under the Gunn. In this episode, the designers (contestants) were given the challenge of creating an outfit for Zendaya to wear in an upcoming concert performance. In 2016, she was a guest judge on the season finale of Project Runway season 15.
Her interests include singing, dancing, and designing clothes. She is also a vegetarian. Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles, California and owns a house there worth $1.4 million.
Coleman has appeared in iCarly toys commercial. You can see her as a backup dancer in Sears TV commercial, featuring Selena Gomez.
Zendaya worked a fashion model before and advertised for Mervyns, Macy’s and Old Navy.
She has endorsed the brand Beats and appeared in their advert “Dr. Dre Beats” with Lil Wayne and Lebron James (Basketball player) in September 2012.
Zendaya released her debut studio album titled Zendaya in September 2013.
She voiced the role of Fern in the TV special broadcast of 30 minutes titled Pixie Hollow Games in 2011.
First TV Show
From 2010 to 2013, she had a lead role in the American sitcom Shake It Up for her role as Rocky Blue.
She does not have a personal trainer. But, she has been seen in her workout clothes, sweatpants outside. Zendaya must be taking proper care of her diet too.
Zendaya Coleman Favorite Things
Singer – Michael Jackson
Actor – Johnny Depp
TV Show – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-)
Book – So B. It (By Sarah Weeks in 2004)
Zendaya Coleman Facts
Zendaya means to give thanks in Shona, which is a Bantu language native to Shona people of Zimbabwe.
She has worked as a fashion model before. That is how she gave a kick start to her career.
On August 6, 2013, Zendaya launched her first book entitled Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.
She is a good dancer and served as a member for three years in the dance group Future Shock Oakland.
Dancing, singing, and clothes designing include her interests.
She had a dog of Giant Schnauzer breed, named “Midnight” which passed away in late 2015. Zendaya then got a dog named “Noon”.
She signed a deal with Hollywood Records in 2012.
She had performed dances like Hula and hip hop when she was with dance group Future Shock Oakland.
She finished second in the season 16 of reality TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2013.