Zendaya Honors First Black Supermodel With Breathtaking Photos Covering ESSENCE’s Special Edition
Actress Zendaya’s striking photos for the cover of ESSENCE’s special cover story left the internet spinning in awe.
The Euphoria actress was the cover star on three of ESSENCE’s digital magazine cover. The special edition also happens to be the 50th-anniversary celebration for the magazine. It’s also the November/December 2020 Issue.
For the cover shots, Zendaya channelled the first-ever black supermodel and first black model to cover British Vogue Donyale Luna. Working with talented designer Law Roach, Zendaya recreated some of Luna’s most iconic shots which bore an eerily resemblance to the original photos.
On the inside, Zendaya talks about becoming the youngest actress to win the Emmys for best female lead, accolades to her performance on HBO’S series Euphoria and what it means for black creatives.
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She also shared her support for with young and unknown black photographers and other creatives.
On supporting black creatives she says:
It just feels like a lot of the time, especially for young Black people, you’re birthed into a system that’s not built for you. It’s on us to take it from here and hopefully make it better. But it doesn’t really look like that right now—and the people in charge don’t like to listen to us. But it’s important to lean into hope and lean into the beautiful things that I see my peers doing, whether through their activism or through their art.
Read excerpts on the interview with Zendaya HERE.
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