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Zendaya at the 16th Annual Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy Event, February 8, 2013
Born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman[1]
(1996-09-01) September 1, 1996 (age 18)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma mater Oakland School for the Arts
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
Years active 2009–present
Television Shake It Up
Dancing with the Stars
K.C. Undercover
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
Associated acts

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996), known simply as Zendaya (/zɛnˈdə/ zen-DAY), is an American actress, singer and dancer. She began performing at an early age with the dance group Future Shock Oakland, the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, and as part of her studies at the Oakland School for the Arts and Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory Program. While she was in her early teens, she embarked on her entertainment career, graduating from modeling work for Macy's and Old Navy to appearing in the video for Kidz Bop's version of Katy Perry's hit single, "Hot n Cold".

Late in 2009, she auditioned for the Disney Channel series eventually known as Shake It Up, landing the role of Rocky Blue. Several of the songs she performed on the show were released as singles, including 2011's "Watch Me," a duet with her co-star Bella Thorne that charted at number 86 on Billboard Hot 100. That year, she also released the single "Swag It Out". Zendaya also parlayed her Shake It Up success into hosting Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011 and a role in the 2012 Disney Channel original movie Frenemies, alongside Bella Thorne. That year, more of Zendaya's songs were featured on the second season of Shake It Up and the soundtrack Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance. After signing a deal with Disney imprint Hollywood Records, she began work on her first solo album.[4]

Early in 2013, Zendaya was cast on the sixteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, becoming the show's youngest contestant at 16 and placing runner-up. That July, Shake It Up had concluded, and in the following months, the book Between U and Me, and her debut album Zendaya arrived. The album's lead single "Replay" was released on July 16, 2013 and was number 40 on Billboard Hot 100 and number 18 in New Zealand and was certified platinum by RIAA on January 30, 2014. Her self-titled debut album was released on September 17, and peaked at 51 on Billboard 200.[5]

Early life

Zendaya was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, to father Kazembe and to mother Claire Stoermer.[6] Her father is black and her mother is white.[7] Zendaya grew as a part of the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works as the house manager, and additionally trained with the theater's student conservatory program. Zendaya has performed in numerous stage productions. Zendaya also helped her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater. While she was attending Oakland School for the Arts she starred 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 TheatreWorks.

She studied her craft at the Cal Shakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Zendaya's official site states that her name derives from the word meaning "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe). She also spent three years dancing with her former dance group called Future Shock Oakland. They danced such dances as Hip Hop and Hula.[8]


2009–13: Shake It Up, Dancing with the Stars and Zendaya

Zendaya at the premiere of Disney Channel's "Let It Shine" in 2012

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 along with Stefanie Scott.[9] She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video "Hot n Cold", cover by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15.[9][10] She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of Rocky Blue to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago, later changed to Shake It Up, and performed Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone".[11] In 2011, Zendaya released her debut single "Swag It Out", a independent label song.[12] She also starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender.[13] On June 21, she released "Watch Me," a duet with Bella Thorne, and peaked at eighty six on the Billboard Hot 100. Her first movie role was in the 2012 film, Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie.[9][14][15] On February 29, 2012 was released "Something to Dance For" for Live 2 Dance. In September 2, 2012 she signed to Hollywood Records.[16] On October 21 that year, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit.[17]

In March 2013, Zendaya became a contestant on the sixteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.[18] She beat out Shawn Johnson as the youngest contestant ever to be on the show. Her professional partner was Val Chmerkovskiy. Despite receiving praise from the judges and gaining the highest scores throughout the season, she placed runner-up on the final night, losing out to eventual winner Kellie Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough.[19][20][21] Her debut single, "Replay" was released as the album's lead single on on July 16, 2013. The song peaked at forty on Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by RIAA.[22] Zendaya's self-titled debut album was released on September 17, 2013 by Hollywood Records[23] and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 51, selling around 7,458 copies in its first week.[24][25]

2014–present: K.C. Undercover and second album

In 2014 Zendaya released two promotional videos for the song "My Baby", the album version on January 28, and the remix version, featured TY$, Iamsu! and Bobby Brackins, on February 15.[26] She released television film Zapped and shot a pilot for the Disney special K.C. Undercover.[27][28] In May 2014, it was reported Zendaya had been cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel Original Series K.C. Undercover and will begin production in the summer for an early 2015 release. On June 16, 2014, it was announced that Zendaya would portray Aaliyah in a new Lifetime TV biopic film titled Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,[29] but, a few weeks later, it was announced that she dropped out of the movie and the project was put on hold.[30] On October 17, 2014, it was announced Zendaya is working on her second album, expected to be released in Spring 2015.[31] In an interview there an American site, sources claim that the singer Nick Jonas would be helping to Zendaya to produce their second album studio in September was confirmed through an account on Instagram that Zebndaay would be recording a song together with the singer Sean Kingston. however it is not known if it is exactly the album Zendaya On January 20, 2015 was released by Disney Channel account on VEVO channel through the song "Keep It Undercover" which Zendaya recorded for the soundtrack of the series currently stars in the Disney Channel, on 10 February the rapper Bobby Brackins released on iTunes the song "My Jam" which was recorded with Zendaya and Jeremih.[32] On October 17, 2014, it was announced Zendaya is working on her second album, expected to be released in Spring 2015.[33]

Other ventures

In September 2012, Zendaya was featured along with rapper Lil Wayne and NBA player Lebron James in a performance of "Scream and Shout" by & Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color.[34] In August 6, 2013 Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.[35] She told about the book: "I actually signed this book deal over a year ago…I worked on the book all summer and fall".[36] 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.[37][38]

Influences and voice

Cquote1.png I'm kind of creating my own music and I'm kind of creating my own zone, my own lane as an artist. I want to do rhythmic pop, it's not necessarily your average pop song. It has some kind of urban edge, some kind of more hip-hop-ish tones to it that kind of edge it up and do something a little different so it's not just your stereotypical pop music. Cquote2.png
—Zendaya talking about her self-titled album's musical style.[39]

Zendaya's self-titled debut album musically experiment with pop and R&B genres, as well as touching upon Electropop. The albums lyrical content tackles issues of love and heartbreak.[39] After streaming the album to radio presenter Ryan Seacrest, he commented on the albums music calling is a "pop/R&B hybrid offering for the most part", he continued to comment saying the album contained "urban cuts".[40]

Zendaya has cited Michael Jackson, Aaliyah[41] and Beyoncé Knowles as her biggest musical influences.[42] An interview to Jon Ali, she commented: "I love Beyoncé, I think she is one of the best performers out there. She works her butt off and always delivers with everything that she does. It’s a beautiful thing".[43] Other musical influences include Rihanna[44] and Bridgit Mendler.[45] Zendaya also has cited some rappers and hip hop artists as ASAP Rocky, Big Sean,[46] Jay-Z, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.[47]

Her voice has been compared to Rihanna,[48] Cassie, and JoJo.[49]

Personal life

Zendaya spent three years of dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip hop and hula dances when she was eight.[50] As of November 2010, Zendaya lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.[9][dated info]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern Voice; television film
2012 Frenemies Halley Brandon Television film
2013 Super Buddies Lollipop Voice
2014 Zapped Zoey Stevens Television film
Year Title Role Notes
2010–13 Shake It Up Rocky Blue Co-lead role
2011 Good Luck Charlie Rocky Blue Episode: "Charlie Shakes It Up"
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: "Walk the Prank"
2012 A.N.T. Farm Sequoia Jones Episode: "Creative consultANT"
2013 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 16; first runner-up
2013 America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "The Girl Who Gets Punked"
2014 Under the Gunn Herself Episode: "Hit the Stage"
2015–present K.C. Undercover Katrina Charlotte "K.C." Cooper Lead role


Main article: Zendaya discography


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Shake It Up Nominated [51]
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Shake It Up [52]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special [53]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress Frenemies [54]
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Video "Fashion Is My Kryptonite" [55]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children's Program - (Series or Special) "Shake It Up" [56]
Outstanding New Artist Herself
Radio Disney Music Awards The Buzz – Breakout Artist of the Year Herself [57]
You’ve Got Swag! – Artist With The Best Style (Sponsored by Justice) Herself Won
BET Awards YoungStar Award Herself Nominated [58]
We Love Pop Awards Most Stylish [59]
Teen Choice Awards Candie's Style Icon Herself Won [60]


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