Zendaya takes the spotlight for Elle US’ September 2023 edition, captured by the lens of Steven Klein. The talented actress and fashion icon is seen sporting an intricately embroidered minidress by Louis Vuitton, paired with jewelry from Bvlgari and Christian Louboutin shoes.
The photo session took place at the Ace Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, where the multifaceted actress was styled by her close friend and stylist, Law Roach. The ensemble consisted of pieces from renowned designers such as Michael Kors Collection, Dilara Findikoglu, Dundas, Ralph Lauren Collection, Sergio Hudson, Valentino, LaQuan Smith, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Simone Perele and Celine by Hedi Slimane. The beauty department comprised of hair styled by Kim Kimble, make-up by Ernesto Casillas, and nails by Marisa Carmichael. The entire photoshoot was managed and produced by Viewfinders.
Zendaya, the name that resonates with both the young and old, has been a beacon of style and grace in the entertainment industry. From her early days on Disney Channel’s ”Shake It Up” to her recent ventures on the big screen, she’s been nothing short of a sensation.
One can’t help but reminisce about her fashion journey. A particular memory that stands out is from 2012, when a young Zendaya showcased a quirky ensemble during her press tour in Munich. The ensemble, which she laughingly recalls, was one of her first collaborations with Law Roach, her stylist since her teenage years. Their bond, forged over fashion, has seen them create some of the most iconic looks on the red carpet. From an edgy Emporio Armani jumpsuit in 2014 to the more recent sophisticated ensembles, their partnership has been a testament to the evolution of Zendaya’s style.
But fashion isn’t the only realm where Zendaya has made her mark. Her acting prowess has been evident in roles that have showcased her versatility. From playing the troubled teen, Rue Bennett, in HBO’s ”Euphoria” to her recent role as Tashi in Luca Guadagnino’s R-rated drama ”Challengers”, Zendaya has proven that she’s not just a pretty face. Speaking of ”Challengers”, she describes it as her “first time really being a leading lady.” The film, which revolves around the world of tennis, delves deeper into the psyche of its characters, exploring the consequences of failure on a global stage.
Zendaya’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges. The pressures of fame, especially in today’s digital age, have sometimes been overwhelming. Recalling a recent incident in Boston, she mentions how the sheer magnitude of her fame hit her. Despite these challenges, she remains grounded, attributing her success to her team, especially Roach, who has now taken on the role of her creative director.
As we celebrate Zendaya’s achievements, it’s essential to acknowledge her growth, not just as an artist but as a person. Her recent performance at Coachella, where she sang live, was a testament to her courage and determination. In her words, “You got over your fear. You did it, and these people enjoyed it with you.”