Dazzling with self-confidence, Zendaya is stunning on the cover of Vogue‘s July 2017 issue.
Wearing a Calvin Klein dress, Diane von Furstenberg earring, and a Dinosaur Designs drop earring, the actress-producer-model-activist shows off the empowered gaze that her fans have come to idolize.
Inside the magazine — in which she models Prada, Karina Salmeron, Fausto Puglisi, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and many other designers — the 20-year-old star explains how she learned to explore her strength as a teen.
Recalling a meeting with the heads of Disney Channel that took place when she was 16, Zendaya explained her demands ahead of her popular “K.C. Undercover” series. After negotiating a producer credit, changing the title from “Super Awesome Katy,” and renaming the main character, she wanted more.
“I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing,” she said. “That she wasn’t artistically inclined. I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance; she can’t sing. She can’t do that stuff. There are other things that a girl can be.
“I want her to be martial arts-trained,” she added. “I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.”
Looking back at that moment, Zendaya says that many others could do the same. “A lot of people don’t realize their power,” she explained. “I have so many friends who say yes to everything or feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in a situation…No: You have the power.”
Zendaya also has the power to transform. She will do just that as Michelle alongside Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits theaters July 7. In December, she will star in Michael Gracey’s musical The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams.
In order to showcase this uncanny versatility, Zendaya also tried out fashionable looks from different eras for Vogue‘s striking “100 Years of Beauty” video.
Celebrating her first Vogue cover, Zendaya took to social media. “I really don’t have any words right now,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m grateful, honored and a million other beautiful things that wouldn’t fit in a caption. I’M ON VOGUE Y’ALL!!!!”