The house of Valentino has anointed a new face for the brand, Zendaya, the Emmy award-winning actress who has previously designed collections for Tommy Hilfiger. Only the second woman of color to win an Emmy, for her performances in the hit HBO drama series Euphoria, Zendaya marks a significant change at the Rome-based couture house.
Though only 24, the Californian-born actress – whose full name is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman - has also already appeared in two Spider-Man movies; and in The Greatest Showman. While in her recording career, Zendaya’s self-titled debut album entered the Billboard 200 at 51; and her single Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman reached the Top 20 in the UK.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the face of Valentino. I’m so excited to begin this amazing collaboration with Pierpaolo and the entire Valentino family,” enthused Zendaya.
Born in Oakland, California, Zendaya also modeled for Old Navy before landing a leading role in the Disney sitcom Shake It Up. Besides creating her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, the actress also jointly designed two acclaimed collections, Tommy x Zendaya, taking her bow with Hilfiger in see-now-buy-now shows in Paris and in Harlem.