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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Zendaya Coleman

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Zendaya Coleman

The star from Spiderman and and The Greatest Showman is really cool and here are some facts that you might not know about her.

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman is a 22-year-old American actress and singer. Born on September 1, 1996, she started her career, appearing as a child model and backup dancer before she became famous for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. Here are some cool facts about her that you might not know. Take a look at the list below. 

1. She said her upbringing was 'humble' 

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After the much-deserved success, Zendaya is currently living in a "$1.4 million mansion" and her home has three balconies, five bathrooms, and a three-car garage. And she bought the property at just the age of 20. But, one thing she has mentioned frequently that she had a very happy childhood and that her humble beginnings make her appreciate the success she is enjoying right now. 

2. Her father is her fashion icon

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In an interview with Style, she said, "I look up to people who like to do their own thing, people who march to the beat of their own drum, who dress for themselves and just don’t care. I am inspired by those kinds of people. My dad is my style icon. Madonna is my style icon. And Erykah Badu.”

3. Her parents gave her a pretty meaningful name

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It goes without saying that she has a pretty unconventional name and her parents,  Kazembe Ajamu Coleman and Claire Stoermer, named her after the word that means to give thanks in the Zimbabwean Shona language. 

4. She has an older half-sibling

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Even though she is the only child to her parents, she has a lot of half-siblings on her father's side. As a matter of them, she has five other half-siblings from her father's previous relationship and she has nieces and nephews who are older than her!

5. She had to study kindergarten twice

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As a child, Zendaya was pretty shy and revealed that her shyness was so crippling that she actually had to repeat kindergarten. Back then, it was a necessary step to take in order to make sure that she was on the same level socially as her peers and even now, even after achieving international fame, she agrees that she is not a social butterfly. 

6. She has been an activist since she was six years old

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As much as she was associated with singing, dancing, and acting as a child, she was also an activist from a very young age. Zendaya received near-universal praise for her defiant response to Giuliana Rancic's comments regarding her dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars. In fact, she revealed that her first experience of activism came when she was just 6 years old when she, along with her two close friends lobbied their school principal to put on a play celebrating Black History Month and Zendaya portrayed the role of Bessie Coleman.

7. She was bullied as a child in school

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Similar to a number of children and young people, Zendaya faced a lot of teasing in school. As reported by People, even though she was confident enough with herself, she has also faced a fair share of bullying. She recalled an incident in fifth grade where she didn't step up for her classmate who was being bullied. Ever since then, she's made it her mission to step in and advocate for bullied children whenever she can.

8. Her mom has worked in theater before

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The main reason why Zendaya caught up with the acting bug is mainly because of her mother's career choices. As reported by Glamour, even though her mother's primary profession was teaching, she also held a second job at the California Shakespeare Theatre and Zendaya used to frequently go with her mom when she went to work, and quickly found herself fascinated with theater arts. 

9. She has starred in a number of Shakespearean plays when she was younger

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Her mother was a renowned theater actress and participated in a number of Shakespearean plays. As a young teenager, she was inspired by the Bard, she starred in a production of Once On This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse. She also played a role at Palo Alto's TheatreWorks in the play Caroline, Or Change. 

10. She was just 12 years old when she starred in Shake It Up

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Apart from starring in 'The Greatest Showman' and Spiderman, Zendaya's most famous screen credit is the Disney Channel show Shake It Up. She was just 14 years old when the show aired and in an interview with Complex, she admitted saying that she was just 12 when she auditioned for the series. 

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