At 22 years old, Zendaya is an astonishing multi-hyphenate. She’s an actress/singer/activist and now a fashion designer. During Paris’s Fashion Week, she presented her first #TOMMYNOW collection for Tommy Hilfiger. And while the looks were an enchanting array of disco glitz and slinky glamor, Zendaya also made a statement with her casting.
Fashion is an industry that’s far from inclusive, too often casting aside women of color and anyone over a size 2. But Zendaya’s runway featured an all-Black cast. That’s 59 Black models, ages 18 to 70, including groundbreakers like Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Beverly Peele, Pat Cleveland, and Winnie Harlow.
ZENDAYA DID THAT!!! pic.twitter.com/3Dq4oQ3lmE— zey 🎈 (@vandynestark) March 2, 2019
When can I buy the entire @Zendaya x @TommyHilfiger collection? She continues to reign supreme as style icon/general icon of our generation. And big ups for bringing some curve to NYFW. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uy9mKNpF23— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) March 3, 2019
Paris Fashion Week: Winnie Harlow Makes Heads Turn at Tommy Hilfiger Show #TommyXZendaya #TommyHilfiger #winnieharlow @TommyHilfiger @Zendaya— News18 Lifestyle (@News18Lifestyle) March 3, 2019
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Zendaya has always been consistent about equal representation. She celebrates all black tones, all skin types, all boy shapes and all body sizes.— J∆V∆DD (@the_alexivian) March 4, 2019
If I didn't love her harder than now, then idk. pic.twitter.com/pdZv5kzss5
You see my face. I am in Paris. Watching so many fierce black women from all generations of modeling represent our beauty during the #TommyNow show! Some of the newbies are my ANTM babies!! I am so proud of Mizz Designer @Zendaya! pic.twitter.com/QUwyOP89Y1— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 3, 2019
Zendaya I truly believe your #ParisFashionWeek show will be apart of fashion history..A show with diversity & inclusion at its fineness .. Your beauty, talent, focus and tenacity is an inspiration to all♥️ https://t.co/tRRixatIWV— Beverly Johnson (@BeverlyJohnson1) March 4, 2019
And for the final look of the show, the one and only GRACE JONES strutted out on stage. The audience online and off went wild.
Grace Jones is IT https://t.co/92wNS64ier— Ira (@ira) March 3, 2019
Zendaya took to Twitter to share what this moment meant to her.
…speechless. pic.twitter.com/msbxi7xAkK— Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 3, 2019
I’m still not truly convinced the other night really happened, cause that’s how dreams feel. Our show was a celebration and appreciation for all of the iconic women who fearlessly pioneered and opened doors that are the very reason I’m able to exist in this space…. pic.twitter.com/f8TQXt8k77— Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 4, 2019
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