Zendaya jumped into the spotlight in 2010. At a movie premiere that year, she wore a layered look on the red carpet.
Zendaya, who had just secured her part in Disney’s “Shake It Up,” wore cut-off shorts, three shirts, and a hat for the “You Again” movie premiere when she was just 14 years old.
Zendaya wore a blue dress for the 2011 Teen Vogue Hollywood Party.
The adolescent was still figuring out her personal style at this stage.
In 2012, the actress wore a floor-length, blush gown to the NAACP Image Awards.
Then, during the ceremony, Zendaya was nominated for best performance by a young person in a television program. Zendaya’s red-carpet debut signaled the beginning of her transformation from kid star to full-fledged actor and style icon.
She made one of her first bold fashion choices in 2012 with this gold maxi skirt.
For the Teen Vogue Hollywood Party, she wore a gold pleated Reem Acra skirt and a white button-down top.
The following year, Zendaya wore an all-white Donna Karan look to the red carpet.
The costume was worn to the American Music Awards.
At a 2013 book-signing event, she played with fun prints.
While presenting her book “Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence” in New York City, Zendaya picked a striking print by Etro.
In 2014, Zendaya showed up to the BET Awards in a memorable look.
After her performance at the BET Awards, Elizabeth Denton of Seventeen stated that Zendaya is a “stylish star” and a “style chameleon.”
According to Denton, Zendaya “wore a blue Letterman jacket with a matching high-waisted skirt and a black bandeau top, completing the sporty-cool style with sky-high heels, a baseball cap, and two long braids.”
At the 2014 American Music Awards, Zendaya said, “I didn’t go the shy route today.”
Georgine provided her with a metallic trench coat and trousers.
During a red carpet interview with Billboard, she continued, “I like to have fun at these award events, just having fun with clothes in general.” “There’s nothing to be scared about.”
The actress debuted a pixie cut at the Grammys in 2015.
“I’ve always wanted to cut my hair,” she told ET on the red carpet. “It’s one of those things that I’ve always told my fans.” “Don’t be alarmed; I didn’t actually chop my hair. But I had to give it a go. You understand what I mean when I say I had to at least feel it out. Try it on to see how it fits.”
She attended the occasion dressed in a Vivienne Westwood gown.
Just days later, she chose another Vivienne Westwood gown for the Oscars and wore her hair in dreadlocks.
Zendaya rocked dreadlocks at the Oscars only days after debuting a pixie cut at the American Music Awards. The anchor of E”Fashion !’s Police,” Giuliana Rancic, provoked outrage when she suggested Zendaya “smells like patchouli… or cannabis.”
People quickly condemned Rancic’s racist remarks on social media, and Zendaya defended herself, calling Rancic’s remarks “ignorant insults and utter contempt.”
“Locs are a sign of power and beauty, much like a lion’s mane,” Zendaya said.
Later, on-air, Rancic apologized.
Zendaya made another daring choice with her hair at the 2015 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
Her striped pencil skirt and yellow top were particularly eye-catching.
The actress continued to experiment with bold colors at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards.
That night, I had a total of six distinct looks.
That same year, Zendaya showed up to the Met Gala wearing a long red skirt that Vogue called “beautiful.”
Zendaya wore this Fausto Puglisi gown to the 2015 Met Gala, which was themed “China: Through the Looking Glass.” André Leon Talley described the appearance as “wonderful” in a Vogue interview.
Zendaya broke all barriers and channeled her inner David Bowie for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
In 2016, Marjon Carlos of Vogue commented, “Paying respect to the late great David Bowie on the greatest night in music, the youthful style chameleon embraced his androgynous look in her borrowed-from-the-boys tailoring.”
She turned heads with this bold butterfly look at “The Greatest Showman” premiere in 2017.
Zendaya’s expression proved she isn’t scared to think beyond the box.
At the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards, Zendaya wore an August Getty dress with a structured skirt.
Zendaya was “looking like an actual piece of candy: more precisely, a Hershey Kiss,” according to Teen Vogue’s Avery Matera. “Odd as that analogy might sound, she looked more lovely than ever,” Matera continued.
For the 2018 Met Gala, she blended fashion with costuming.
Zendaya dressed up as Joan of Arc for the night’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
At the time, Julie Kosin of Harper’s Bazaar said, “Her bespoke metallic Versace gown has an armored neck-and-shoulder piece, scintillating chainmail, a spiky belt, and a modest train.” “Zendaya also wore a cropped wig in the form of the iconic bob worn by The Maid of Orléans.”
Zendaya leaned into costuming again for the 2019 Met Gala.
Zendaya dressed as Cinderella for the theme “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” and her gown lighted up.
Zendaya channeled Old Hollywood glamor in a green Vera Wang gown with a thigh-high split at the 2019 Emmy Awards.
With her red hair and emerald green clothing, the actress looked to be inspired by the DC Comics character Poison Ivy, according to Anneta Konstantinides of Insider. Zendaya’s stylist, Law Roach, appeared to corroborate the link when he shared photos of Poison Ivy on his Instagram account.
By 2020, Zendaya was at the top of her fashion game. She wowed with this pink, metallic look by Tom Ford at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Insider’s Anneta Konstantinides commented, “Zendaya wore a hot-pink armor by Tom Ford for the awards event, looking every bit the interplanetary warrior lady.”
She wore another jaw-dropping look for the 2021 Academy Awards.
Her bespoke Valentino dress was bright yellow, and she accessorized it with Bulgari jewelry and Jimmy Choo heels.
In 2021, Alyssa Bailey of Elle stated, “Zendaya has had significant fashion moments at the Oscars for years, and today simply adds to her history.”
In fact, she’s worn multiple daring looks this year.
Zendaya rocked a number of bold ensembles during the press tour for “Dune,” including this maroon two-piece set by Alaïa. She went to a picture call in Paris wearing the crop top and striking skirt.
Another standout look was this custom Balmain dress at the Venice Film Festival.
According to Celia Fernandez of Insider, the celebrity also donned tan Louboutin shoes and Bulgari jewelry.
Most recently, she wore a jaw-dropping dress to an event that some call “her best look yet.”
Zendaya wore a Roberto Cavalli gown with a gold spinal replica on her back at the Ballon D’Or, an annual event in Paris, in December.
The “vintage skeleton dress is her greatest look yet,” according to Harper’s Bazaar.
You can watch Zendaya’s Red Carpet looks below: