Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman who also goes by the nicknames Daya, Zen, Z, Rocky, and Boo first stepped into the limelight in 2008 as a child model in Marcy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy, she soon ventured into singing and acting to which she has been successful in since making her debut in each. Her life has indeed been an eventful one and here you are going to learn all about it including who her parents and siblings are.
Zendaya’s Bio (Age, Ethnicity)
Born in Oakland California on the 1st day of September 1996 to Clarie Marie Stoermer, who is of German-Scottish descent and Kazembe Ajamu (named Samuel David Coleman at birth) who is an African-American. Her first name Zendaya is of African (Zimbabwean) origin from Shona; a Bantu language which means “to give thanks.”
Growing up, she began performing at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California which was also her mother’s workplace as a house manager. Zendaya trained at the theater’s student conservatory program in addition to attending the Oakland School for the Arts where she was part of major productions like Once on This Island as Little Ti Moune, and the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change.
From a tender age when she began working as a child model, it was certainly crystal to anyone who could tell her future that the lassie was set for an eventful life which would always see her on the spotlight. Zendaya began by appearing in ads and featuring on music videos as a dancer. Come 2009, she auditioned for Shake It Up, formerly Dance Dance Chicago where she performed legendary Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” but was rather chosen for Rocky Blue. Nevertheless, her performance premiered and was watched by over 6.2 million viewers as it became Disney Channel’s second-highest-rated premiere since Disney’s existence.
With her new found fame, she released a promotional independent single titled “Swag It Out” on May 30, 2011, followed by “Watch Me” which featured Bella Thorne in June 2011. Zendaya then had her movie debut in Frenemies, a 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie. She recorded singles like “Made In Japan,” “Same Heart”, and “Fashion In Krytonite” which were released as promotional songs.
Her eponymous debut studio album which had about 12 tracks on it and was mostly written by her with the exception of a few she co-wrote with others was released on September 17, 2013. In doing these, she was not found wanting on Disney projects as he was very much still involved with Shake It Up as well as others that came along the line. Zendaya was cast as Zoey Stevens in the movie Zapped, as a 16-year-old girl whose phone controls boys, in like manner, she also played a lead role in Super Awesome Katy later K.C. Undercover as K.C. Cooper before she retired the series.
Her other notable works since then include 2016 film Spider-man: Homecoming as Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones, she starred in The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson in 2017.
Zendaya’s Parents and Siblings
Zendaya was 12 years old when her parents got married. She remains the only child of her mother Claire Marie Stoermer who was married in 2008 to Kazembe before their marriage came to an amicable end. Nevertheless, she has five (5) older Siblings; 3 half sisters and 2 half brothers namely: Kaylee, Annabella, Austin, Katiana and Julien from her father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman.
The actress is close to both of her parents and has on few occasion arisen to their defense on both Twitter and Instagram where they were trolled by uncouth users of the platform. Her father is also protective of her and keeps good tabs on his little girl. It is noteworthy to state here that her Father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman is her manager.
Boyfriend: Who is She Dating?
The media has been awash of who Zendaya has dated over the years, most of which has never really been confirmed by the actress. Her love life seems to be a mystery of some sort, nevertheless, some of her purported dates include the following:
Singer Jaden Smith and Adams Irigoyen; she met these two on different sets while working on Disney Channel “Christmas Parade” and “Shake It Up” respectively in 2011. Next came actor Leo Howard who she met on the Shake It Up set. Rumors have it that they started dating in March 2013 then broke up in April 2013. Trevor Jackson became her next beau, the two has been close friends since when she was 12 years old. Trevor was rumored to have gone on dates with her from June 2013 to April 2016. The duo still maintains they are just close-knit friends and send each other supports on social media.
Tom Holland was rumored to have dated Zendaya from January to March 2016; we can not verily affirm how true this report is. Similarly, Odell Beckham Jr. (2016) An American professional footballer was speculated to have dated her as she was spotted cozy in the Universal Grammy Award with him while her father was spotted few feet away from the lovebirds.
Zen is a slender lady with a nice hourglass body shape. Her height when she started out filming in Shake It Up was 5 feet, 2 inches and later that year grew to 5 feet, 7 inches. Her current height is 5 feet, 10 inches or 178 cm which her 59kg weight holds her frame firmly. She is not as tall as her parents though as her mum stands at 6 feet, 4 inches while her father is 6 feet, 2 inches, just 2 inches less than Claire.