Zendaya has enjoyed quite the career since her start as a little girl on Disney channel hit KC Undercover. She has gone on to dabble in music, dance, fashion and more prominent acting roles. She recently appeared at BeautyCon in New York where she took on the topic of the representation of black women.
Zendaya is of mixed race; her father is black and her mother, white. She’s also incredibly fair skinned and she doesn’t shirk away from talking about how this fact makes her more desirable in the eyes of some of the movie execs she meets with.
Zendaya feels that in their eyes she’s the “acceptable” version of a black girl and it makes her uncomfortable and she knows that it needs to change. Adequate opportunities and full spectrum representation for all types of people are crucial in art and entertainment.
She talked candidly and openly about how as a light-skinned black woman, it’s incredibly imperative that she uses this privilege to speak up about how darker girls and women aren’t getting cast at the same rate for the same roles.
An avid and vocal advocate for civil rights and equity, Zendaya has spoken out for many causes in her few short years in the limelight. She’s supported Black Lives Matter, The Women’s March and March For Our Lives.
She’s been a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who continues to be unsigned by a major football team due to his choice to kneel in protest of systemic inequality in the justice system.
For someone who just turned 21 years old, she has a lot of wisdom and articulation when it comes to things that matter in the world way beyond herself.
She isn’t the type to dismiss responsibility regarding talking about these topics because she recognizes and sees the intrinsic necessity and value in them.
It’s time that all of these issues that we see in various industries be properly addressed and rectified.
In order to do that, someone in Zendaya’s position using her reach and platform to talk about the importance of such dialogue is pertinent.