For a lack of more eloquent words, Zendaya is the sh*t. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star (who graces our ‘First Supper’ digital cover, ICYMI) is on the cover of Vogue, and Team CASSIUS couldn’t be more proud. “I really don’t have any words right now,” she said on Instagram Thursday. “I’m grateful, honored and a million other beautiful things that wouldn’t fit in a caption. I’M ON VOGUE Y’ALL!!!!”
In the candid cover story (written by Abby Aguirre), Zendaya openly talks about everything from growing up in Oakland to “dealing with people in a Hollywood way.”
Check out a few of our favorite highlights below, then head to Vogue.com to read more.
Zendaya grew up in her father’s childhood Emeryville home, where Black Panther Party meetings were held in the sixties.
“My aunties were Black Panthers,” Zendaya tells Vogue. “Afros, the whole nine.” Zendaya’s father, Ajamu, recalls seeing Huey P. Newton around the time the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense first materialized. “Those were good times,” he says. “The drugs came in and separated everything.”
She flipped the script on Disney in 2013—and nothing was the same.
Zendaya agreed to a lead role on Super Awesome Katy (now known as K.C. Undercover), but first things had to change. “I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel,” she says to Vogue. “I was like, ‘The title is wack. That’s gonna change. . . Do I look like a Katy to you?'” She also demanded the show feature a family of color.
She knows her own strength—and wants others to be aware of theirs, too.
“A lot of people don’t realize their power,” she says. “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.”