Zendaya covers Vogue Italia and talks about her job, fashion and her connection with her fans (2024)

“Recently I've had more of a change happening in regards to reactions when I meet people or how people interact with me on a daily basis, because for so long I've been able to maintain a little bit of anonymity in a way where I could go off and do things and still live a pretty normal life. Of course it comes with new sets of challenges and pressures, but I've been doing this for a long time, and I started when I was quite young. So thankfully I’ve had a little bit of time to ease and grow my experience in a way that wasn't just completely an overnight change. I'm always adjusting to it and trying to be grateful for it all in the end, because it means that people are clearly resonating with the work that I'm doing, and that means a lot to me,” she explained during our chat.

Growing with your fans

Being a celebrity of her magnitude often comes with the territory of feeling owned by the public in a certain manner but Zendaya and her fans have somehow managed to find an equilibrium that seems healthier than the average devoted fanbase, “many of them have grown with me and have watched me evolve in different parts of my life and career and with that, many of us being around the same age, have similar outlooks on life, similar thoughts or even just hopes and wishes for the future, whether it be for my career or the world. They’re really understanding that I’m human , even the hardcore ones and they want me to be happy and I genuinely feel that from them. They're really respectful of my boundaries and the things that I choose to keep a little bit more private and keep for myself.”

At 25 years old, the actress, in many ways, has become a portrait of our generation, whose impact in pop culture bears resemblance to some of the icons who came before her, namely Josephine Baker, Sade, or Eartha Kitt. I jokingly question if writing history is ever something she lays in bed and thinks about. She responds , “It's a weird thing. It's something you try to be aware and conscious of but also not think about, so that you don't get too in your head. It can be scary and nerve-wracking because then there comes the pressure and you wanna do it the right way, because you want to make a lot of people proud.

Zendaya, fashion icon

The influence isn’t the only thing that feels familiar, but the aura as well. As she charms the camera on set in a mini Valentino dress, I fall under the same impression of awe that I would while looking at Josephine Baker’s images. It’s almost like watching her perform, with each wardrobe change, she offers herself entirely to the allure of the fashion.

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While discussing it, she explained, “I think of it like when I’m playing a character, it’s kind of what Law and I do on red carpets, we pick and create these characters, and I've just enjoyed it so much over the years. I've always loved fashion.

This passion with which she speaks of her job isn’t limited to the glamorous side of things, but seems to be deep rooted in empathy, “Sometimes I feel kind of silly being an actor. Because it’s like I make-believe for a living , which may seem ridiculous, but then I remember the stories that I'm telling & the reasons behind them. Especially as of recent with Euphoria, I had so many people reach out and share their experiences of connecting with it, in the sense of loss or addiction or grief or mental illness and their struggles with that.

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People find their connection points to these characters that I feel incredibly lucky to embody and in that, they feel very connected to me and they've been able to heal and grow and learn and mend parts of their own past, and that to me is invaluable. That gives me purpose.”

This article was originally published on Vogue.it

Photographer ELIZAVETA PORODINA
Stylist LAW ROACH

Zendaya covers Vogue Italia and talks about her job, fashion and her connection with her fans (2024)
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