Zendaya Coleman, better known as simply Zendaya, is an actress, singer and dancer that got her start in theatre. She was born on September 1, 1996 in Oakland California and was parented by a stage manager which allowed spend most of her time at the California Shakespeare Theatre. Zendaya found a love for the arts immediately and attended the Oakland School of the Arts, the American Conservatory Theatre, Cal Shakes Conservatory, Academy of Hawaiian Arts and finally became a member of the Future Shock Oakland dance group.
Alongside acting and dancing, Zendaya decided to also model, where she landed gigs with Old Navy and Macy’s. This is where Zendaya decided that she would only use her first name professionally. “Zendaya” means “to give thanks” in Shona, a language of Zimbabwe. Fast-forward to the year 2010 where, at 14-years-old, Zendaya debuted on the Disney Channel program Shake It Up as the character Rocky Blue. The show became extremely popular but came to an in 2013, but Zendaya didn’t allow the end of the show mean the end of her doing what she loves. It was in this year that Zendaya wrote a book titled Between U And Me and became a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. She is a great example of a girl that was never afraid to chase her dreams and became great at doing what made her happy. She proves to be wise beyond her years and has become a great role model for young children. Here are ten quotes from Zendaya that act as a guide to life.
“Don’t try so hard to fit in, and certainly don’t try so hard to be different… just try hard to be you.” – Zendaya
“I think it’s important to always be very confident in yourself and your beliefs and stay strong in that.” – Zendaya
“Our instinct is to think about the bad things happening in our lives, but at the end of the day it’s always more about the people who love you.” – Zendaya
“With anything, you have to approach from an educational, mature standpoint.” – Zendaya
“There is no such thing as ugly. That’s a word that doesn’t really enter my vocabulary. If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself.” – Zendaya
“You cannot allow other people’s opinions, comments, or decisions affect how you feel about yourself.” – Zendaya
“Personally, I would much rather live and die by my own hand. If my stuff sucks, then at least I made it suck. I didn’t allow some person, some old dude in a suit, to make it suck for me.” – Zendaya
“You don’t have to be older to live your dreams; you can do it at any age. It’s possible.” – Zendaya
“[Diversity] is the future. You can’t stop it. It’s going where it’s going, so I choose to be with the future.” – Zendaya
“Determination. No matter what field you’re in, determination will surely get you to the top.” – Zendaya
Author: Sarah Pouramn
Sarah Pouramn lives in Toronto and resides in Waterloo when she is attending university. She works with Habitat for Humanity as a builder and as an Executive Events Coordinator and believes that everyone deserves a fair shot at their goals. Sarah also works with The Community Edition, a Waterloo Region newspaper, as the Social Media Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter @itsmesarahpea and on Instagram @sarahpouramn.