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Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Zendaya’s Blackity Black & Uber Fab InStyle Magazine Cover

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Zendaya is perfection personified on the cover of InStyle magazine’s September 2020 issue. And a bomb team of black creatives, stylists, designers and artists are who made it happen. Take a peek behind-the-scenes inside…

 

 

All black everything! For real, for real.

When it comes to slaying pages in a magazine, Zendaya def has that on LOCK. And her InStyle cover and spread proves it to be true.

Not only does she slay the cover and spread, she surrounded herself with all Black creatives to bring the vision alive. Several melanin folks helped the 23-year-old for TWO InStyle covers and a flawless spread for the September 2020 issue, including her longtime stylist Law Roach, photography duo Ahmad Barber and Donté Maurice, hairstylist Larry Sims, and makeup artist Sheika Daley.

Oh, and she didn’t stop there….

The “Euphoria” star and 2020 Emmy nominee also rocked all black designers on the covers and spread, including designs from Jason Rembert, Pyer Moss, Cushine, Hanifa, Romeo Hunte, Thebe Magugu, and Victor Glemaud.

On the newsstand cover, Zendaya rocked a satin dress from Rembert's fall 2020 Aliétte collection paired with earrings from Mateo New York. On the subscriber cover, the actress posed it up in a color-block pleated dress by Hanifa and Tori Soudan boots:

The fashion maven - who turns 24 next month - also rocked a magenta ballgown created by Christoper John Rogers – who is the 2019 CDFA Fashion Fund winner. And guess what? We’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at Zendaya working her magic in the dress for the camera:

 
 
 
 
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Thank you @laurabrown99 and the entire @instylemagazine team for giving me a safe (from COVID-19) space to create. No rules No advertisers! You allowed me a BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers , shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists. You allowed me choose my team which started with @abdmstudio (photographers)2 young BLACK men, and @larryjarahsims (hair)BLACK man, @officialsheiks (makeup)BLACK woman. Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity. Also special thanks to @zerinaakers and @black.owned.everything for introducing me to a lot of the brands I pulled from. I’m so proud of this one!!!!

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"Thank you @laurabrown99 and the entire @instylemagazine team for giving me a safe (from COVID-19) space to create," Law Roach wrote on Instagram.

"No rules No advertisers! You allowed me a BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers , shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists. You allowed me choose my team which started with @abdmstudio (photographers)2 young BLACK men, and @larryjarahsims (hair)BLACK man, @officialsheiks (makeup)BLACK woman," he wrote.

"Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity. Also special thanks to @zerinaakers and @black.owned.everything for introducing me to a lot of the brands I pulled from. I’m so proud of this one!!!!"

 
 
 
 
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Z E N D A Y A x L A W #PerfectionPersonified #AllBlackEverything #WhatHeSaid #Simstyled #FlawlessByGu #Repost @luxurylaw ・・・ Thank you @laurabrown99 and the entire @instylemagazine team for giving me a safe (from COVID-19) space to create. No rules No advertisers! You allowed me a BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers , shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists. You allowed me choose my team which started with @abdmstudio (photographers)2 young BLACK men, and @larryjarahsims (hair)BLACK man, @officialsheiks (makeup)BLACK woman. Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity. Also special thanks to @zerinaakers and @black.owned.everything for introducing me to a lot of the brands I pulled from. I’m so proud of this one!!!!

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The Disney star killed this spread:

 

 

The blackness didn't stop there. For the cover story, Daya spoke to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors where she opened up about being an activist, using an all-Black creative team, dealing with anxeity, Season 2 of her hit HBO show "Euphoria," and more.

Below are the highlights:

PC: I want to ask you about your activism. What do you want to say to the young people who look up to you around this moment of Black Lives Matter? What feels important for you to share with them?

Z: I have always hesitated to use the word "activist" for myself. That is a lifestyle. That is a choice every day to be doing the work and devoting your life to a cause. And I don't feel I am deserving of the title. There are a lot of words that better describe what I do. I'm an actress, but I'm also just a person who has a heart and wants to do the right thing. I care about human beings, so this time is very hard to talk about. It's painful. I remember when I was with my dad in Atlanta shooting the first Spider-Man movie, and it was around the time that the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling happened. I was extremely emotional, and I remember thinking about my dad, who was out picking up food at the time. And I started worrying and calling him like, "Are you OK?" I didn't want him to go out and do anything. But my dad is a 65-year-old Black man. He's been on this planet a long time, so he knows what he knows. But I still had that fear, and that scared me.

PC: We have to talk fashion next because you wore some incredible pieces for this cover shoot. You also had an all-Black team around you. Was that the first time you ever experienced that?

Z: I've always had a Black stylist and Black hair and makeup artists. But we were able to work with two talented young Black photographers on this shoot too. We're actually around the same age, so it was cool to be with my peers and have an opportunity to show what we can do. There are also so many Black designers people don't know about, so having an opportunity where they can be in InStyle and get the love they deserve is really special. I hope people are like, "Oh, I like that dress!" And then go support them.

PC: You and I have both opened up about having anxiety, and I think it's so important to share how we're coping with it. How are you're managing stress in these times?

Z: My anxiety first started when I was younger and I had to take a test at school. I remember panicking, and my teacher had to walk me out of the room and say, "Calm down, deep breaths." I don't think it really came up again until I was about 16, when I was working and there was a project I had turned down. That was kind of my first time dealing with the internet, and it made me feel sick. I deleted everything and stayed in my room. Live performing really gave me anxiety too. I think a lot of it stems from the pressure I put on myself, wanting to do my best and not make a mistake. I definitely don't have it under control yet. I don't have the key, so if anybody does, let me know! I do find that talking about it is helpful, and that can often mean calling my mom in the middle of the night. Sometimes I make her sleep on the phone with me like a frickin' baby. [laughs]

PC: Since Euphoria filming is delayed, are you missing your character, Rue? How are you feeling about having that part of your life on pause?

Z: I do miss Rue. She's like my little sister in a lot of ways. And going back to that character is a home base for me. There is a beautiful second season that has been written, but in order to do it the way we want to do it, we need to wait until it's safer. There is an idea to do a couple of bridge episodes that can be shot safely but aren't necessarily part of Season 2. So, hopefully, we will be able to do those in the coming months. I can't wait.

We love a conscious queen who walks the walk she talks. You can read her full interview here.

InStyle’s September issue starring Zendaya will be available on August 21st.

In new movie news, Zendaya stars in the upcoming film DUNE that's set to drop December 18th.

Photo: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com

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